Category Archives: State Government

Public comment period extended for pipeline studies

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

The state has extended the public comment period for two independent studies of Enbridge’s pipeline under the straits of Mackinac.
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State board approves one Snyder recall petition, rejects nine others

Snyder_courtesy_4A state elections board has approved one petition that seeks to recall Governor Rick Snyder, but rejected several others. The rejected petitions include efforts to remove the governor for his handling of the Flint water crisis.

The rejected petitions were mostly due to spelling and grammar errors that could have made the drives susceptible to a legal challenge. Continue reading

NEA president speaks out against efforts to ban teacher ‘sickouts’

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.

The Michigan Legislature is considering bills that would ban so-called teacher sickouts in Michigan. The practice has closed dozens of Detroit schools in recent weeks, as teachers try to draw attention to what they say are deplorable conditions in classrooms. Continue reading

Senate adopts emergency budget bill to help Flint residents with water bills

money-coinsThe Michigan Senate has adopted a 30 (m) million emergency spending measure to help Flint residents with their water bills. Governor Rick Snyder asked for the appropriation this week after Flint residents complained they should not have to pay for water they can’t drink because of the threat of lead contamination.
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Former Flint Emergency Manager fails to appear before Congress

gavelFormer Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley failed to appear before Congress for a hearing on Flint’s lead contaminated drinking water this morning (Wed).

Officials from the U-S Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Michigan officials testified in front of a congressional committee in Washington.

Representative Jason Chaffetz chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He says Earley’s invitation to appear as a witness before the committee was not optional.

We’re calling on the US Marshals to hunt him down and give him that subpoena. Today we are issuing a new subpoena. He will appear and he will be here to do a deposition later this month.

Chafettz says Congress will also issue a subpoena for Susan Hedman…the former E-P-A manager for Region Five.

He says she is also expected to appear before the committee later this month.

Bills that could bring 75 MPH speed limits on Michigan freeways clears House panel

IMG_1255A state House panel has approved raising speed limits on some Michigan roadways. The bipartisan bills could increase speed limits up to 75 miles-per-hour on interstates. They also include studies that would look at increasing speeds up to 80 miles-per-hour in the future. The legislation also make changes to speed limits on state highways, gravel roads, and in school zones.

It now goes to the full state House.

Detroit Public Schools emergency manager to step down

City of FlintThe controversial emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools will step down at the end of this month.

Governor Snyder faced growing pressure to get rid of Darnell Earley.

Earley was Flint’s emergency manager, when it made the disastrous decision to start drawing drinking water from the Flint River. Continue reading

Democrats renew calls for legislative hearings on Flint water crisis

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Democrats in the state Legislature say lawmakers should get an opportunity to question people under oath about the Flint water crisis.

They’ve introduced a resolution that would give a state Senate panel subpoena power to investigate the situation. They say lawmakers have a duty to exercise their oversight powers to hold public officials accountable.


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Juvenile lifers reflect on what Supreme Court decision means for their future

DSC_0284With its ruling the Supreme court has determined that minors given life sentences before 2012 can now seek a review of their cases and make a bid for early release.

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Some Paradise residents struggling to keep their homes afloat

Cannon beforeResidents in Paradise, Michigan are worried their homes may be slipping into Lake Superior. High water levels have washed away large chunks of shoreline and left some homeowners scrambling to keep their houses intact. Continue reading

Michigan lawmakers join 15 other states in introducing privacy legislation

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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers hopes to send privacy protection legislation to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk this year.

Michigan is one of 16 states that have seen privacy protection legislation introduced this month. That’s as it’s become clear political gridlock in Washington will prevent any national legislation from moving in 2016. Continue reading