http://wcmu.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Edu0408-1.mp3 The state’s top education official says people should not blame teachers for a new report that shows Michigan schools are falling behind.
A state House Republican plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure is drawing criticism from some prominent Democrats.
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Local government and business groups have begun a campaign to convince voters to adopt a complicated question on the August ballot. It would repeal and replace an unpopular portion of Michigan’s personal property tax (PPT), which requires companies to pay taxes on certain business equipment.
http://wcmu.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Dems0403-1.mp3 Mark Schauer has made it official. He has chosen Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown to be his running mate in this year’s race for governor.
President Obama’s visit comes as groups in Michigan are pushing to raise the state’s minimum wage. Those groups were out in full force to cheer on the president.
The Raise Michigan coalition hopes to put a question on the November ballot. It would ask Michigan voters to raise the minimum wage to 10.10 an hour by 2017 and then tie it to inflation after that.
Frank Houston is with Raise Michigan.
“This can be literally the difference between you keeping your housing, putting food on the table, putting gas in your car, or even owning a car.”
Republican leaders in the state legislature say they have no interest in raising the state’s minimum wage. They say wages will rise on their own as the economy improves.
http://wcmu.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Medicaid0401-1.mp3 Michigan’s Medicaid expansion is officially up and running. That means hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders are now eligible for government-sponsored health care.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs says Michigan vets will not lose their federal benefits if they legally use medical marijuana. The VA’s statement is a response to the state’s decision to add post-traumatic stress disorder to its medical marijuana program.
A top Republican in the state Senate thinks a long-term fix for Michigan’s roads could be coming sooner than expected.
http://wcmu.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Leg0327-1.mp3 Michigan State University could risk losing half-a-million dollars if it does not stop offering courses that allegedly promote unionization.
Michigan is joining at least 17 other states in calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.