The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the state of Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of couples who say their constitutional rights are being violated by Gov. Rick Snyder. He won't recognize the marriages for the purpose of benefits until federal courts decide the status of Michigan's ban on gay marriage.
Jay Kaplan is staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan's LGBT Project. Kaplan says the Governor is talking out of both sides of his mouth.
Feds approve center to encourage immigrant investment in Michigan
Michigan will be only the second state in the country to run a statewide center meant to encourage investment from immigrants.
The center will provide visas for people who invest at least $1 million in the state and create at least ten jobs. The required investment goes down to $500,000 if it is made in a rural community or one with high unemployment.
Flanagan defends teachers after report says Michigan schools falling behind
The state's top education official says people should not blame teachers for a new report that shows Michigan schools are falling behind.
The Education Trust-Midwest presented its study to the state Board of Education Tuesday. It shows student growth improving in other states while Michigan students lag behind, especially minority and low-income students.
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says the report is troubling. But he says it's important to provide some context.
State Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked a federal appeals court to put the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on a fast track. Schuette is defending Michigan’s ban.
Schuette’s filed a motion with the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to skip a hearing before a three judge panel and go directly to the entire 15-judge court. That could shave months, maybe as much as a year, off the appeals process. Schuette says the question needs to settled regardless of who wins in the end.
Michigan replies to Army corps invasive species report
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed the state's response to the US Army Corps of Engineers invasive species report. Schuette says his biggest complaint is the report fails to outline an aggressive plan to stop Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
The report came out in January, and it outlines possibilities without making specific recommendations on what should happen next.
That was a disappointment, says Joy Yearout, Schuette's communications director.
Michigan's expanded Medicaid program starts today By Jake Neher
Michigan's Medicaid expansion is officially up and running. That means hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders are now eligible for government-sponsored health care.
People making 133% of the federal poverty level or less are now eligible for the program, which is part of the federal Affordable Care Act. That's about $15,000 dollars or less a year for an individual and about $32,000 or less for a family of four.
Michigan State University could risk losing half-a-million dollars if it does not stop offering courses that allegedly promote unionization.
A state Senate panel approved a measure Thursday banning courses at public universities that promote or discourage organizing efforts. It's a reaction to MSU's recent decision to take over some programs from the National Labor College.
Republicans say those courses violate the proposed rule.
Congressional Democrats ask Holder to recognize MI gay marriages Rick Pluta
Some congressional Democrats are putting pressure on Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend. They sent a letter today asking US Attorney General Eric Holder to grant federal recognition of the marriages.
Michigan lawmakers urge Congress to require a balanced federal budget By Jake Neher
Michigan is joining at least 17 other states in calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
On Wednesday, the state Senate gave final approval to a resolution formally asking Congress to call a constitutional convention to consider the amendment. It would take 34 total states to compel Congress to call a constitutional convention.
Governor Rick Snyder says he wants electronic cigarettes to be regulated in Michigan as tobacco products. E-cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine to users in a mist. There is a bill in the Legislature to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would not tax them like cigarettes or subject them to other tobacco-related regulations.
The governor says it makes more sense to simply treat them as a tobacco product.
The Washtenaw County Road Commission is warning that area roads will continue to be in rough shape for a while, as long as the weather continues to freeze and thaw.
Jim Harmon is the road commission's Director of Operations.
"We're experiencing rough road conditions s county-wide at this time," Harmon said, "both on our paved roads and un-paved roads, and our crews are working each day to try and patch and hold these roads together until things completely thaw out and stabalize."
PTSD patients now able to get medical marijuana card in Michigan By Jake Neher
Michiganders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can now get a card to use medical marijuana.
The state's Director of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Steve Arwood, gave final approval to add PTSD to the state's medical marijuana program about a week after it was recommended by a state review panel.
State could soon pop the cap off microbreweries - or at least lift it By Jake Neher Michigan craft breweries are cheering the state Legislature for passing bills to ease some state regulations. The state House sent the bill package to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk Thursday. One bill would double the amount of beer Michigan microbreweries can produce every year. "We know that immediately this is going to result in some businesses being expanded and some additional employees being hired," said state Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mt.