Category Archives: State Government

Seniors could play an especially important role in upcoming election

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Michiganders age 50 and over are expected to represent well over half of the voters that show up to the polls on November Fourth. That’s pretty typical of a non-presidential election, but seniors and retirees are playing an especially important role in this year’s election.
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Michigan Supreme Court order sets stage for appeal of juvenile lifer opinion

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The Michigan Supreme Court won’t reconsider its decision that refuses parole hearings for more than 350 juvenile lifers in state prisons. That sets the stage for a group of inmates convicted of murder to take their case to the US Supreme Court. The nation’s highest court ruled two years ago that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. But in a separate ruling, the Michigan court said that decision does not apply retroactively – only to future cases.
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State’s top education official will not weigh in on education funding issue

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan speaks with reporters during Tuesday’s State Board of Education meeting in Lansing.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan speaks with reporters during Tuesday’s State Board of Education meeting in Lansing.

The state superintendent of schools is refusing to weigh in on the debate over school funding ahead of the November election. That issue has been a central talking point in the governor’s race.

Gov. Rick Snyder says he has increased education funding every year he has been in office. He includes money that went to shore up teacher pension funds. Democratic nominee Mark Schauer says Snyder has cut funding by about $1 billion. Read more

Schauer rallies seniors on heels of gubernatorial town hall

“Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer speaks in front of a group of retirees Monday at a local UAW center in Warren.”

“Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer speaks in front of a group of retirees Monday at a local UAW center in Warren.”

Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer rallied retirees a day after his first, and probably only, public joint appearance with Gov. Rick Snyder. He blasted Snyder’s decision to end income tax exemptions for pension income.

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