It’s looking like “prevailing wage” will be an issue in the Legislature’s new session. It deals with pay rates for construction workers on publicly funded projects. It’s an issue that divides Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders. Continue reading →
Governor Rick Snyder will give his seventh State of the State address Tuesday. Elected officials and lawmakers are putting together wish lists of what they hope the governor will cover. Continue reading →
As Governor Rick Snyder prepares to deliver his seventh State of the State address, a potential candidate to replace him has called for ethics rules that would align Michigan with what the federal government requires. Continue reading →
Dogs – and for many people – cats are known as man’s best friend. However, many pets in Michigan shelters are waiting for a best friend of their own.
In 2010, over 100-thousand animals in Michigan animals shelters were euthanized. The state now encourages shelters to choose alternatives methods, to work towards a “no kill” status, and avoid euthanizing healthy or treatable animals.
The state is encouraging animals shelters across Michigan to adopt the “no kill” philosophy.
Matthew Pepper is the President and CEO for the Michigan Humane Society. He said this is a way for shelters to balance their responsibilities to the animals and communities.
“So I think it came from the need to do better in shelters, the need to continue to evolve, which I think naturally would have happened anyways. But I think it’s a natural revolution to see what more we can do for the animals in our care.”
Pepper said community members can help by adopting pets from local shelters, volunteering, and advocating for responsible pet care and ownership.
Budget and economic experts predict a bright fiscal future in Michigan. The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference met today (Thurs) at the State Capitol.
2018 is looking good. From a financial standpoint that is.
Economists predict more economic growth in the United States and in Michigan, but the growth will be slow.
Gabriel Ehrlich is the Director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics at the University of Michigan. He says we can expect to see a slowdown in job growth in Michigan, but part of that is because the labor force is getting toward full employment.
“We don’t believe it’s at full employment but there are fewer unemployed workers on the sidelines just waiting for jobs. So we see job growth slowing down.”
2018 will also see about 330 (m) million dollars in so-called “one-time” funds, but it is not expected to be a recurring event.
The confirmation hearing for Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos has been delayed until next week. But she’s already working to win support for her nomination and her ideas on school reform. Continue reading →
The Affordable Care Act is shaping up to be one of the first big battles of the new congressional session. Republicans have promised to repeal it. Democrats are girded to defend it. And there’s a lot at stake for Michigan. Continue reading →
One of Mid-Michigan’s most traveled freeways will soon be under construction. The state department of transportation plans to reconstruct I-475 in Genesee county. The state has reached out to local residents for their input on the changes to be made.
Construction is scheduled to begin in April of 2018 and run to the fall of 2019.
As part of the 39-million dollar project workers will remove two pedestrian bridges, and they’ll replace loop ramps with what are called diamond interchanges.
Ryan Doyle is the Cost and Scheduling Engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation. He said reconstruction on I-475 is overdue.
“First and foremost it was in poor condition and we needed to address that, so we we’re looking to reconstruct, and we looked at everything through that section of road to what improvements we can make through there.”
Doyle said the work will also include reducing parts of the freeway down to two-lanes. He said that’s in response to population loss in and around the Flint area.
Governor Rick Snyder is letting Michigan drivers go a little faster. Snyder signed a package of bills Thursday that will, among other things, raise the speed limit on certain roads to 75-miles per hour. Continue reading →
A new law requires Michigan schools to teach students how to perform hands-only CPR training as well as defibrillator use.
The training must be administered sometime between seventh and 12th grade.
Sarah Poole is with Michigan’s American Heart Association.
“This is legislation that we started talking with lawmakers about probably a year and a half ago, and a number of lawmakers at that point expressed support and really came on board in fact a number of them shared stories of using CPR to save somebody.”
Poole says Michigan is the 36th state to require CPR training in public schools.
A new state law bans the use of restraint and seclusion as disciplinary tools in schools except in emergency situations. The law was signed today by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley. Continue reading →