Author Archives: Rick Pluta

Schauer economic plan includes bigger clean energy mandate

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Michigan Capital Building

The Democratic candidate for governor says he’d solve the impasse in Lansing over road funding if elected, and adopt policies that would result in “tens of thousands” of jobs.
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State superintendent meets with charter authorizers

gr-37439-1-1There was a lengthy meeting Monday between the Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction and some of the state’s largest charter school authorizers. Its purpose was to review the rules to ensure the independent academies are performing as promised.
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Workgroup tries to forestall future schools district shutdowns

file000499964517A group of educators, lawmakers, and finance experts is working through the Legislature’s summer break. They’re trying to craft a fiscal “early warning” plan to help avert future sudden school closings when districts run out of money.
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State orders Enbridge to fix pipeline through Mackinac straits

mac bridgeMichigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the state Department of Environmental Quality have told Enbridge Energy the company has to do a better job of securing an oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.
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Elections panel to consider minimum wage, wolf hunting petition drives

moneyA state elections board will decide tomorrow (Thu.) whether to approve petitions seeking to create two new laws. One would allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula. The other would boost the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
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Court ruling on Obamacare tax breaks has no immediate effect in Michigan

HealthcareAn appeals court ruling today (Tue.) out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly 240,000 Michiganders buy health coverage under Obamacare.
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AG prison report cites human, technology errors as prime cause of inmate escape

prison 11-26-13A report by the Michigan Attorney General’s office has found both human and technology failures played a part in the prison escape of a convicted murderer.
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DEQ says “no” to pet coke along the Detroit River

Oil PumpsState environmental regulators have said “no” to a plan to store the industrial by-product pet coke along the Detroit River.
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DEQ wraps up hearings on “fracking” rules

A member of the public sports a "No Fracking" sticker on her clothes as she testifies before a panel of environmental regulators.

A member of the public sports a “No Fracking” sticker on her clothes as she testifies before a panel of environmental regulators.

State environmental regulators will put the finishing touches on new rules regarding “fracking” now that public hearings have wrapped up. They expect to have the new rules adopted by the end of the year. But the state’s rules may not be the final word on the controversial drilling process

“Fracking” is a drilling method that pushes water and chemicals into wells to force out oil and gas deposits.
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MI monthly jobless rate is 7.5 percent

moneyMichigan’s monthly unemployment rate remains unchanged at seven and a half percent, the rate has remained pretty much the same since March. Read more

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