State officials say there was a small natural gas leak in a pipeline in the Upper Peninsula that’s owned by Enbridge Energy.
Protestors rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday against a bill to create a Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Governor Rick Snyder met today (Fri.) with the Legislature’s Republican and Democratic leaders to try and strike a deal on road funding. The governor hosted a day-long series of meetings in his state Capitol office to toss around ideas and crunch the numbers. Read more
The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether local governments can require contractors to pay union wages on public projects. The court agreed to hear a challenge to Lansing’s prevailing wage ordinance. But there are at least two dozen other Michigan counties, cities, and townships that have similar rules. Read more
The largest municipal bankruptcy in US history has wrapped up, as Detroit exits emergency management.
Governor Rick Snyder says a plan adopted by the state House to shift sales taxes collected on fuel sales to roads won’t work. He says that could rob schools and local governments of money they need to operate.
“What I would say is the House action doesn’t get us there fast enough or far enough. It also creates major consequences to schools and local partners — that I don’t want to see negative things happen to them.”
But Snyder says he still believes the Legislature can get something done on roads during its “lame duck” session. The governor prefers the Senate-adopted version that would increase the fuel tax. He says the state needs to generate in excess of a $1 billion a year to fix its long-neglected transportation infrastructure.
“We need to do something and something of significance to get better roads. No one in our state likes our roads. If you find that person, send ‘em to me. I don’t think you can.”
The House plan would shift sales taxes collected on fuel sales to roads. Republicans also adopted an amendment that would revert to the current system of appropriations for schools or local governments go down during a six-year transition period.
“Speaker Bolger agrees with the governor that we need to find a solution and we have two weeks to work together to find the solution,” said Bolger spokesman Ari Adler. “Speaker Bolger will explain to the governor how his plan does not take money from schools or local governments, and we worked … to protect them.”
The “lame duck” session is expected to wrap up in a couple weeks. If road funding is not wrapped up by then, the process would start over with the new session that begins in January.
The state House has approved a bill that is supposed to protect people exercising their sincerely held religious beliefs from government interference. Read more
Retired Ford executive and former Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour says adopting LGBT protections in law will help the state attract and retain talent.
Minister Stacy Swimp says adding LGBT protections to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act would open the door to discrimination against business owners with religious objections to gay rights.
A state House committee adjourned today (Wed.) without voting on legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law, and it’s not clear if a measure will be voted on before the Legislature wraps up for the year.
Michigan wants out from under court-ordered oversight of the state’s child foster care system. The state filed a motion today (Tue.) with the US District Court in Detroit to bring an end to the protracted litigation.
Carl Levin (D), Michigan’s senior US senator, retires from Congress at the end of the year. He reflects on his career this weekend in an interview on Michigan Public Television.