Category Archives: State Government

DeBoer attorney says SCOTUS arguments will focus on children

Bob Fluke of Lansing brought a gay pride flag to the inauguration. He wants the governor and lawmakers to make the issue a priority.

Bob Fluke of Lansing brought a gay pride flag to the inauguration. He wants the governor and lawmakers to make the issue a priority.

Attorneys for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse say their challenge before the US Supreme Court to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban focus on the harmful effects on children. Continue reading

The ‘Senior Citizen’ of the Great Lakes fisheries retires

R.V ChinookAfter 70 years of service, and earning the description “the Senior citizen of the Great Lakes fisheries research vessels”, the DNR’s R.V Chinook is being retired.

Research biologist at the DNR Dave Fielder spent years with the vessel. He said he’ll miss the old ship.

“Well I tend to think about the different people who have served on it, visited on it, over the years. Whole careers have been spent on this vessel. It can get pretty rough out there, it’s kinda notorious for creating seasickness, but it’s kinda like our second home.”

The new research vessel, the R.V Tanner, is expected to be constructed by April of 2016.

Fielder says the new ship is named after Dr. Howard Tanner who’s known as the, “Father of the Modern Pacific Salmon Program” .

State Senate sends budget cuts to Gov. Snyder that divert surplus school aid dollars

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State lawmakers have approved diverting surplus school aid revenues to help close a $500 billion dollar budget hole.

The legislation would shift $250 million dollars in money originally earmarked for the state’s School Aid Fund. Another bill in the package would make cuts to several state departments. Continue reading

Debate and controversy surround proposed nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron shore in Ontario

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Controversy surrounding a proposed nuclear waste dump that would be built near the Lake Huron Shoreline in Ontario is heating up.

The main issue surrounding Ontario Power Generation’s, or OPG’s, proposed nuclear dump can be boiled down to three things.
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New fight at Capitol over film subsidies


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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

Debate and controversy surround proposed nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron shore in Ontario

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Ontario Power Generation, or OPG, has talked themselves hoarse defending their proposal for a nuclear waste storage facility near Lake Huron.
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Audit slams MDOT over road warranties

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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

Pro-gun groups blast state Senate for passing “no-carry zone” exemption

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Retired federal law enforcement officials would be able to carry concealed weapons in “no carry zones” under a bill approved by the state Senate. The bill got overwhelming bipartisan support. Continue reading

State’s tax break questions bigger problem than expected

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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

Lobbyists spend $37 million in 2014 trying to influence Michigan lawmakers

Capital_Building_LansingLobbyists were busy in Lansing last year. They spent more than 37-million dollars trying to influence state lawmakers, according to a new report.

The numbers were compiled by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a non-partisan organization that tracks spending by lobbying firms. Continue reading

Senate approves 3/15 GOP primary date

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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

Police, corrections take biggest cuts in budget-balancing plans

rick-snyder-mugjpg-446cf7790e6a2ea6Governor 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.
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