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Snyder scales back proposed overhaul of Detroit schools

rick-snyder-mugjpg-446cf7790e6a2ea6Governor Rick Snyder says he’s slowing down his plans to fix Detroit’s schools in order to the process moving. In the face of resistance from Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature, the governor says he wants to break up the work, focusing first on retiring the district’s massive debt.
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Detroit schools rescue plan stalls

Detroit-and-Wayne-County-MAThe Legislature is set to recess next week for the balance of 2015 with some big jobs left undone. Governor Rick Snyder was hoping lawmakers would address what he says is the next stage of the Detroit turnaround — and that is doing something to fix the city’s schools. Instead, the governor, Detroit’s parents, and school kids will have to wait ‘til next year.
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Snyder affirms Wayne County fiscal emergency

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Governor Rick Snyder has made a decision that pushes Michigan’s most-populated county closer to state oversight.

Governor Snyder ratified the findings of a state board that found Wayne County faces a financial crisis that could reach 171 million dollars by the end of the decade if it goes unchecked. Continue reading

Group seeks to put mandatory paid sick leave on the 2016 ballot

voteAn effort is underway put mandatory paid sick leave for all Michigan workers on the November 2016 ballot.

The proposal would require businesses to offer paid leave if a worker or someone in their immediate family is sick. The initiative from the Time to Care Coalition would allow workers to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Continue reading

Democratic lawmakers eye bill to keep water flowing to Highland Park

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A group of state House Democrats hopes to prevent the state’s largest water utility from ending service to one of the cities it serves. Continue reading

Snyder: Helping inmates find jobs key to stopping cycle of crime

prison 11-26-13Gov. Rick Snyder outlined a public safety agenda on Monday that includes parole and sentencing reforms, job training for inmates, and more help finding a job once they’re released from prison.

Snyder says there are data-driven ways to reduce the state’s prison population without compromising public safety. Continue reading

Senator Smith arraigned on three felony charges

Michigan Senate voting board lists Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) as absent. Credit: Jake Neher/Michigan Public Radio Network

Michigan Senate voting board lists Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) as absent. Credit: Jake Neher/Michigan Public Radio Network

State Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) has been charged with multiple gun and assault felonies. He’s accused of hitting his ex-wife and shooting 10 bullets into her car.
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Insurance panel OKs auto no-fault overhaul with rate rollback

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A state House committee has approved some big changes to Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law. It would set new limits on what hospitals could charge insurance companies. It would also guarantee a two-year rate rollback of at least 100 dollars per vehicle. Continue reading

Advocates launch fundraising effort to clear rape kit backlog

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette hold a rape kit at the launch of the Enough SAID fundraising campaign in Detroit.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette hold a rape kit at the launch of the Enough SAID fundraising campaign in Detroit.

Public officials and advocates are asking for help to clear a massive backlog of rape kits in Detroit.
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MI GOP looks to energize conservatives ahead of election with Rand Paul visit

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks in front of GOP supporters and volunteers on Wednesday in Livonia.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks in front of GOP supporters and volunteers on Wednesday in Livonia.

The Michigan Republican Party is trying to energize its conservative base ahead of next week’s election. On Wednesday, Republicans brought in U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to speak with GOP supporters and volunteers in and around Detroit.
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