Category Archives: State Government

State Senate panel to take up animal abuse bills Tuesday

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State lawmakers will try again to crack down on animal cruelty in Michigan.

A state Senate panel will take up a pair of bills on Tuesday that would increase penalties for serial animal abusers. The worst offenders – those who abuse 25 or more animals or who have three or more prior convictions – would face felony charges and up to seven years in prison.

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Religious freedom bill introduced again in new Legislature

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A group of Republican state lawmakers will try again to protect religious practices against state and local government interference.

The Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) failed to pass before the legislative session ended last year. Continue reading

GOP leaders to go ahead with prevailing wage repeal


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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

Snyder follows up State of the State by continuing push for skilled trades

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Gov. Rick Snyder is following up his State of the State address on Tuesday by continuing to promote skilled trades. In the speech, Snyder highlighted skilled trades as a way to boost employment, education, and Michigan’s economy during. Continue reading

Snyder looks ahead to 2015 but can’t leave behind unfinished business

Gov0120-Foto-1Governor 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.
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