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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Deadline to register to vote in Michigan’s presidential primary is Monday


The deadline to register to vote in Michigan’s presidential primary is coming up on Monday, February 8.

In order to register and vote in the primary, you must be a U.S. citizen and turn 18 by the time of this year’s general election. That is November 8.

Those wishing to register can visit their county, city or township clerk’s office, the secretary of state, or register by mail by using this form.

Michigan’s presidential primary will be held March 8.

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

Little Traverse Conservancy gives an excuse to brave the cold

Almost every Saturday this month Little Traverse Conservancy is hosting, what they call, outdoor adventure events.

The events are aimed at getting families outside to appreciate Michigan’s unique winter landscape.
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New book explores the way we construct personal narratives to give our lives meaning

EisenbergTHEPOINTISLeeOn the shelves today The Point Is, is a book that explores the way we build personal narratives to give purpose and meaning to our lives. The author, Lee Eisenberg, is the former editor-in-chief for Esquire Magazine, has worked as a consulting editor for Time magazine, and is the author of several books.

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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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