Category Archives: State Government

Workgroup tries to forestall future schools district shutdowns

file000499964517A group of educators, lawmakers, and finance experts is working through the Legislature’s summer break. They’re trying to craft a fiscal “early warning” plan to help avert future sudden school closings when districts run out of money.
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State Senator ready to revisit creating state-run health exchange

health-screeningThere could be another push in Lansing to set up a state-run website to purchase insurance through the federal healthcare law, one state Senator says he’s ready to revisit the idea.
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Elections panel to consider minimum wage, wolf hunting petition drives

moneyA state elections board will decide tomorrow (Thu.) whether to approve petitions seeking to create two new laws. One would allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula. The other would boost the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
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Court ruling on Obamacare tax breaks has no immediate effect in Michigan

HealthcareAn appeals court ruling today (Tue.) out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly 240,000 Michiganders buy health coverage under Obamacare.
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Snyder: Pensioner approval of grand bargain sets Detroit up for faster recovery

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder is praising Detroit pensioners for approving the city’s bankruptcy restructuring plan.
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Support grows across the state for workplace equality

GLB4_Horizontal4color-web-versionSupport continues to grow across the state for sexual orientation and gender identity protections in the workplace. Read more

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Top state House Dem: Road solution not likely before November election

State House Minority Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills)

State House Minority Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills)

The top Democrat in the state House says a road funding solution will probably have to wait until after the November election.

State House Minority Leader Tim Greimel says too many lawmakers are not willing to make the tough vote until they’re past their reelection bids. That’s because boosting infrastructure spending by more than a billion dollars a year would likely mean raising taxes to pay for it.
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AG Schuette won’t give details on his opposition to medical marijuana bills

marijuanaThe state attorney general is not saying why he opposes bills that would ease restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan. Some top lawmakers are now urging Bill Schuette to detail his concerns.
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State attorney general’s office unveils law guides for vets and military personnel

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette introduces new legal guides for veterans and military families Thursday in Detroit.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette introduces new legal guides for veterans and military families Thursday in Detroit.

Michigan veterans and active duty military families now have new resources to help handle legal issues. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette released two new legal guides Thursday.
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DEQ wraps up hearings on “fracking” rules

A member of the public sports a "No Fracking" sticker on her clothes as she testifies before a panel of environmental regulators.

A member of the public sports a “No Fracking” sticker on her clothes as she testifies before a panel of environmental regulators.

State environmental regulators will put the finishing touches on new rules regarding “fracking” now that public hearings have wrapped up. They expect to have the new rules adopted by the end of the year. But the state’s rules may not be the final word on the controversial drilling process

“Fracking” is a drilling method that pushes water and chemicals into wells to force out oil and gas deposits.
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