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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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Snyder pleased with speedy Detroit bankruptcy

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s relieved the Detroit bankruptcy trial is over and he’s looking forward to a judge’s decision late next week. The governor says he’s pleased that city pensioners and creditors agreed to settle, as an alternative to drawn-out litigation. Continue reading

FEMA approves more than $33 million for Michigan flood victims.

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Federal and state officials say their efforts to get Michigan flood victims to apply for assistance are working. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says more than 40,000 people have applied in less than two weeks.
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Snyder: Detroit, Allen Park show emergency manager system working


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Gov. Rick Snyder says the city of Allen Park’s financial emergency has been resolved and its emergency manager is leaving.

The Detroit suburb has been overseen by a state-appointed emergency manager since October of 2012. Snyder says it is another example that shows state takeovers of cash-strapped cities work.
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Snyder says Metro Detroit flood underpins need for more road funding

SSM flooding 11.18.13Gov. Rick Snyder says massive flooding this week in and around Detroit reinforces the need to boost state spending on roads. Snyder says Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure may have played a role in the floods, although it’s too early to tell for sure.
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Gov. Snyder suspends UP trip to survey Detroit flood damage

Gov0812-fotoGov. Rick Snyder briefly suspended a week-long trip to the Upper Peninsula Tuesday to come back and survey damage in and around Detroit due to massive floods.

Many freeways and major roads were closed in Metro Detroit after a record rainfall Monday – some sections of roads having been swept away in flood waters.
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