The state House has adopted legislation that would exempt air-, spring-, and gas-powered guns from Michigan firearms laws. Continue reading
There’s a new fight underway at the state Capitol over Michigan’s tax credit for film, TV, and digital video projects. And some advocates for the subsidy say the debate itself is harming efforts to create a thriving Michigan movie and video entertainment business. Continue reading
A state board has approved taking on debt to come up with $50 million dollars to help community colleges ramp up their career and technical training.
A survey of some of Michigan’s largest employers suggests more hiring is in store this year.
Ronna Romney McDaniel is the new Michigan Republican chairwoman.
A new report from the state auditor general takes the Michigan Department of Transportation to task. The report examines a warranty program to hold construction companies responsible for the quality of the roads they build. It says the state doesn’t follow up often enough with contractors to ensure problems are fixed. Continue reading
It appears Michigan Republicans can look forward to a March 8th presidential primary next year. Legislation to set that as the primary date is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder after it got final approval by the state Senate.
The future liability from Michigan’s uncashed business tax credits is three billion dollars bigger than first anticipated. Officials at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation report the job-creation tax credits granted to businesses total more than nine billion dollars. They will come due over the next 20 years. Continue reading
The state House is supposed to vote before the end of the week on legislation to hold Michigan’s Republican presidential primary in March of next year.
The state Auditor General says a program to launch local commuter rail programs has wasted many millions of dollars. The audit found the Michigan Department of Transportation missed out on applying for federal mass transit funds that could have defrayed the state’s costs, and failed to ensure all railway crossings are safe. Specifically to task for spending nearly 10 million dollars to refurbish rail cars that are sitting idle. Continue reading
Michigan’s Republican presidential primary would take place on March 15th of next year under bills that were just adopted by the state Senate. Republicans want to move the date to comply with national party rules. Michigan’s current February date is too close to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Continue reading
Governor Rick Snyder’s budget-cutting order looks mostly to reductions in State Police, corrections, and health care spending as a first step toward retiring a deficit.
Governor Rick Snyder will present his budget proposal tomorrow, (Wed.) including plans to tackle a deficit. But he will also propose some new spending on public safety.
A state appeals court judge has ruled there was no violation of Michigan’s open meetings act when the state Capitol was closed while the Legislature debated and voted on a right-to-work law. Judge Deborah Servitto dismissed the lawsuit without allowing the case to go to trial.
Governor Rick Snyder is still in the hospital being treated for a blood clot in his leg. But he is getting some work done. Continue reading
Governor Rick Snyder’s public schedule has been cleared after he was suddenly admitted to a hospital in Ann Arbor with a blood clot in his leg. Continue reading
More than 300 gay and lesbian couples in Michigan are legally married now that Governor Rick Snyder has decided not to contest a court order. It says the state has to recognize the marriages that took place last spring.
A state lawmaker from Detroit says he’s been booted from the House Democratic caucus.
A federal appeals court says a former assistant state attorney general owes millions of dollars for stalking and harassing a gay student leader at the University of Michigan. Continue reading
Governor Rick Snyder says he’s not paying attention to early polls that show the road funding proposal on the May ballot is in trouble. The proposal would raise the state sales tax to 7 percent as part of a complicated plan to fund road repairs without taking money from schools or local governments. Continue reading
An economic study says the May ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax could also collectively cost Michigan taxpayers $100 million more in federal income taxes. Continue reading
A check by state health officials over the past year found an uptick in the number of retailers illegally selling tobacco to minors. The Department of Community Health Survey found 18 percent of retailers sold tobacco to minors. That’s a seven percentage point jump from two years ago.
Governor Rick Snyder says improving services for the mentally ill is a major civil rights issue. And he says it’s a high priority in his second term.
Republican leaders in the Legislature say opposition from Governor Rick Snyder will not stop them from trying to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law. It says state-funded construction projects have to pay workers union-level wages. Nearly two dozen local governments also have prevailing wage ordinances. Continue reading
Governor Rick Snyder took a swipe at Washington tonight (Tue.) in his State of the State speech — and said Lansing could serve as an example to the federal government on how to solve problems. But the governor had to spend a portion of his own speech dwelling on some things he wanted to fix last year that didn’t get done.