Politics & Government http://michiganradio.org en Congressman Kildee says some Central American refugees will likely come to Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/congressman-kildee-says-some-central-american-refugees-will-likely-come-michigan <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In recent weeks we’ve been hearing about the surge of </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/central-american-children-if-they-come-michigan-would-stay-just-2-4-weeks" style="line-height: 1.5;">undocumented minors from Central America</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> crossing into the U.S.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some call it a humanitarian crisis while others look at it as the result of a failed immigration policy.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Wolverine Human Services has applied to be a sub-contractor to house these children at their facility in Vassar.</p><p>Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee&nbsp;talk about where things&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">stand right now.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I think there is some degree of likelihood that Wolverine will be providing some shelter for these young unaccompanied minors that have made their way to our border," said Kildee.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:07:20 +0000 Jennifer White 18348 at http://michiganradio.org Congressman Kildee says some Central American refugees will likely come to Michigan Listen to the call-in show with Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for Michigan governor http://michiganradio.org/post/listen-call-show-mark-schauer-democratic-candidate-michigan-governor <p>This morning, Democratic candidate for&nbsp;Michigan Governor&nbsp;Mark&nbsp;Schauer&nbsp;joined us on a statewide&nbsp;call-in show.</p><p>Here’s a shot of the team getting ready for the show in the WKAR studio:</p><p></p><p>Schauer answered questions about his plans for education, the city of Detroit, retiree pensions, road funding and more during the hour-long program.</p><p>If you missed it, you can listen to it here:</p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:52:27 +0000 Mark Brush 18350 at http://michiganradio.org Listen to the call-in show with Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for Michigan governor Signed a petition to oppose Asian carp? You actually signed a petition to allow wolf hunting http://michiganradio.org/post/signed-petition-oppose-asian-carp-you-actually-signed-petition-allow-wolf-hunting <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">This week, pretty much unnoticed, the deadline came and went for opponents to file challenges to petitions filed by the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management campaign to initiate a law. This is part of the ongoing political battle over wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">The </span>CPWM<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;"> petition drive would create a new version of the law to allow wolf hunting, and it would take future decisions on designating game animals and put it with the state Natural Resources Commission instead of the Legislature.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Now, not everyone may recognize that petition campaign. But, if you signed a petition to oppose Asian carp in the Great Lakes, you signed a petition to allow wolf hunting in the UP. If you signed a petition to allow active duty military personnel to get free hunting and fishing licenses, you signed a petition to allow wolf hunting.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:05:28 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 18349 at http://michiganradio.org Signed a petition to oppose Asian carp? You actually signed a petition to allow wolf hunting Thwarted once, UAW tries different tack in Chattanooga http://michiganradio.org/post/thwarted-once-uaw-tries-different-tack-chattanooga <p>It hasn't been a good two years for the UAW.</p><p>In late 2012, Governor Snyder signed a law making Michigan - the birthplace of the UAW - a so-called right-to-work state.&nbsp; The new law allows people in unionized workplaces to opt out of paying union dues.&nbsp;</p><p>Then, in February of 2014, the union lost a key vote to organize more than 1,500 blue-collar employees at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant.</p><p>UAW leaders appeared confident, at first, that the vote would go their way.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:26:08 +0000 Tracy Samilton 18345 at http://michiganradio.org Thwarted once, UAW tries different tack in Chattanooga $5 million from JP Morgan will help aspiring Detroit homeowners buy, rehab homes http://michiganradio.org/post/5-million-jp-morgan-will-help-aspiring-detroit-homeowners-buy-rehab-homes <p>The JP Morgan Chase Foundation is giving $5 million to a grant fund that will help Detroiters buy and rehab homes.</p><p>It’s part of the global mega-bank’s pledge to donate $100 million to Detroit-boosting causes over the next five years.</p><p>JP Morgan has actually given the money to Liberty Bank’s non-profit community development bank. To start with, the program will apply only to some homes up for sale on Detroit’s online auction site, <a href="http://buildingdetroit.org/Home">buildingdetroit.org.</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:35:51 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18338 at http://michiganradio.org $5 million from JP Morgan will help aspiring Detroit homeowners buy, rehab homes Governor's race: where it stands now http://michiganradio.org/post/governors-race-where-it-stands-now <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tomorr0w morning at 9:00 a.m. on Michigan Radio, it's your chance to ask questions of Mark </span>Schauer<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Democrat who wants to be your next governor.</span></p><p>Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark, co-hosts of Michigan Radio’s It’s Just Politics joined Stateside today to talk about where this race for governor stands right now.</p><p>Pluta&nbsp;discussed what issues Mark Schauer and Governor Snyder are focused now. &nbsp;He said the governor is focusing on the state's economic recovery and the fact that overall trend is improving. Schauer will likely focus on topics such as charter schools, and policies surrounding abortion coverage.&nbsp;</p><p>Clark added that the issue with the Schauer campaign is the lack of excitement to get out the vote among Democrats. Also, Pluta pointed out that Schauer still needed to work on public identification.</p><p>Check out our Facebook page for details on the number to call in tomorrow morning.</p><p><em>* Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:29:14 +0000 Stateside Staff 18336 at http://michiganradio.org Governor's race: where it stands now Stateside for Thursday, July 10, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-july-10-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today on Stateside:</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In just three years, the number of Michigan cities and school districts run by state-appointed emergency managers has ballooned, from six to 17. We took a close look at Michigan emergency manager law.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mark Schauer is the Democrat who wants to be your next governor. Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark, the co-hosts of Michigan Radio’s It’s Just Politics were here on Stateside to tell us more.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A new appraisal of the Detroit Institute of Arts collection has found the works could be worth between $2.7 billion and $4.6 billion! That's a big difference from the $866 million value that Christie's put on the collection last fall. Detroit News’ Daniel Howes explained what the implication is.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How Northern Michigan water is an inspiration for writers.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The latest "report card" on jobs in America points to a country continuing to recover from the Great Recession. We had a labor economist from University of Michigan to tell us what he saw in the June labor report.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We wrap up our week-long review of the new $53 billion state budget. Today: the money for "law and order."</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">*Listen to full show above.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:26:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 18329 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, July 10, 2014 DIA collection valued up to $4.6 billion as voting approaches home stretch http://michiganradio.org/post/dia-collection-valued-46-billion-voting-approaches-home-stretch <p></p><p>A<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/report-dia-collection-worth-much-46-billion"> new appraisal </a>of the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection has found the works could be worth between $2.7 billion and $4.6 billion dollars. That's a big difference from the $867 million value that Christie's put on the collection last fall.</p><p>Detroit News Business columnist Daniel Howes joined us to tell us what he saw in the evaluations.</p><p>Howes clarified that the $867 million valuation by Christie’s only looked at 5% of the&nbsp;DIA’s collection, whereas the new appraisal evaluated its entire collection. He also pointed out the caveat attached to the big $4.6 billion number: “If you try to sell big chunks of the collection at the same time, you likely press the prices dramatically.”</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:25:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 18330 at http://michiganradio.org DIA collection valued up to $4.6 billion as voting approaches home stretch Michigan state budget increased from last year to maintain law and order http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-budget-increased-last-year-maintain-law-and-order <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today we wind up our week-long review of the new $53 billion state budget with a look at the money for "law and order."</span></p><p>Detroit Free Press Lansing reporter Kathy Gray was with us today.</p><p>Gray said that the new budget would have some more money to fight crime than last year. According to Gray, here are some of the things that the "law and order" money will fund:</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:58:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 18335 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan state budget increased from last year to maintain law and order Detroit is shutting off water to delinquent customers. But is everyone getting the same treatment? http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-shutting-water-delinquent-customers-everyone-getting-same-treatment <p>In Detroit, controversy is raging over one of the few things the bankrupt city has in abundance: water.</p><p>So far this year, Detroit has shut off for 17,000 customers as it tries to collect millions in overdue bills.</p><p>But many residents are upset with how the city is going about it—and question whether some are getting special treatment.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>“Here we are, giving out water…and we still owe on the water bill”</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:57:10 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18337 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit is shutting off water to delinquent customers. But is everyone getting the same treatment? How Lansing is responding to charter school investigation http://michiganradio.org/post/how-lansing-responding-charter-school-investigation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140622/NEWS06/140507009">recent investigation </a>by the Detroit Free Press suggested major issues with charter schools in the state. The investigation pointed to poor financial practices, conflicts of interest, and lack of transparency by charter schools and authorizers.</p><p>Now, State Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan says some charter authorizers may lose their authority to open additional schools.</p><p>Joining us now to talk about this are Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants and Zoe Clark with Michigan Radio’s <em>It’s Just Politics</em>.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:59:52 +0000 Jennifer White 18334 at http://michiganradio.org How Lansing is responding to charter school investigation A deep dive into Michigan’s emergency manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/deep-dive-michigan-s-emergency-manager-law <p></p><p>Three years ago, only a half-dozen cities and school districts in Michigan were being run by state-appointed emergency managers.</p><p>Today, 17 are in some phase of receivership.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That proves not only cities and schools in Michigan are facing tough times, but that Governor Snyder is making vigorous use of <a href="https://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/publicact/pdf/2012-PA-0436.pdf">Public Act 436</a>,&nbsp;the state's emergency manager law.</span></p><p>Bridge magazine writer Chastity Pratt Dawsey&nbsp;examines the effectiveness of the law and how it measures up to similar laws in other states&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">in a <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2014/07/emergency-manager-or-emperor-why-michigans-law-stirs-contempt/">report </a>for the magazine's latest issue</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She joined us today.</span></p><p>We also had Lou Schimmel on the show. He's served as emergency financial manager or emergency manager for Ecorse, Hamtramck and Pontiac. Right now he's on the transition advisory board for Pontiac. Our two guests explores a number of questions:</p><p><strong>First off, why does the appointment of an emergency manager result in such emotional responses from residents?</strong></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:31:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 18327 at http://michiganradio.org A deep dive into Michigan’s emergency manager law LCV says the "Michigan Legislature is failing on state conservation issues" http://michiganradio.org/post/lcv-says-michigan-legislature-failing-state-conservation-issues <p>The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is giving the Michigan Legislature a grade of "incomplete" for its current session.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group's scorecard grades lawmakers on their votes related to energy, land and water issues.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:32:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18318 at http://michiganradio.org LCV says the "Michigan Legislature is failing on state conservation issues" Another audit says Michigan has failed to protect vulnerable adults http://michiganradio.org/post/another-audit-says-michigan-has-failed-protect-vulnerable-adults <p>Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is again taking heat for failing to protect vulnerable adults.</p><p></p><p>A state <a href="http://209.59.148.65/finalpdfs/13_14/r431260113.pdf">audit released Wednesday</a> shows the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has mismanaged its Adult Protective Services (APS) program since 2010. Among other things, it says DHS did not adequately train caseworkers and supervisors and failed to investigate complaints of abuse.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:51:11 +0000 Jake Neher 18322 at http://michiganradio.org Another audit says Michigan has failed to protect vulnerable adults Stateside for Wednesday, July 9, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-july-9-2014 <p></p><p>Today on Stateside:</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Everybody's sore subject: roads and transportation. Continuing our week-long look at the new state budget: more than $53 billion, affecting every aspect of life in Michigan.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Snorkeling in Michigan? Nancy Washburne’s book: Snorkeling Guide to Michigan Inland Lakes.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Is Michigan ready to turn 'A New Leaf' on pot?</p><p>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The Michigan Department of Community Health provides insight on arsenic issues.&nbsp;</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We're going to be answering your questions about Michigan in our new project <a href="http://micurious.michiganradio.org/about">M I Curious</a>. It's a series of stories looking into all of the things you've always wondered about our state. The first question in our series: Why is there such a large Arab American community in southeast Michigan?</p><p><em>*Listen to full show above.</em></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:09:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 18317 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, July 9, 2014 The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-58 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Emily Fox and Jack Lessenberry discuss Michigan's<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-rules-juvenile-lifers-not-entitled-re-sentencing-hearings"> ruling</a> on how juvenile lifers will not get a chance at parole, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-officials-get-pay-raises">pay raises </a>for city leaders in bankrupt Detroit, and what <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/protests-monday-night-against-migrant-children-coming-michigan">role </a>Michigan could play in housing undocumented minors crossing the Mexico border.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:06:04 +0000 Emily Fox & Jack Lessenberry 18311 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Activist groups complain that Michigan Legislature circumvents petition drives, elections http://michiganradio.org/post/activist-groups-complain-michigan-legislature-circumvents-petition-drives-elections <p>A coalition of activist groups is trying to make an issue of the Legislature passing laws to bypass petition drives and ballot measures.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The groups say Republicans at the state Capitol have circumvented voters on questions including the emergency manager law, the minimum wage, and wolf hunting. In each of those cases, the Legislature passed laws that ran contrary to the results of an election or a petition drive.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Danielle Atkinson is with the campaign to increase the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. She says the Legislature acted legally, but violated the spirit of the Michigan Constitution’s power to use the ballot to initiate or challenge laws.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“This is not what the drafters of the state constitution intended when they gave people the right to petition their government.”</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 18309 at http://michiganradio.org Activist groups complain that Michigan Legislature circumvents petition drives, elections Detroit officials get pay raises http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-officials-get-pay-raises <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit emergency manager </span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Orr has </span><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140708/NEWS01/307080120/Kevyn-Orr-mayor-pay-increases" style="line-height: 1.5;">given the city’s leaders a pay raise.</a></p><p>Orr signed an order hiking city appointees and elected officials’ pay by 5% on June 30<sup>th</sup>. It went into effect July 1.</p><p>Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan seemed genuinely surprised to hear that news on Tuesday.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18302 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit officials get pay raises Duggan: We'll start seizing drug houses http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-well-start-seizing-drug-houses <p>Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is expanding his program to seize houses that violate the city’s nuisance abatement laws—and this time, he’s going after drug houses.</p><p>On Tuesday, Duggan announced an initiative to seize and auction off homes that have been raided twice for drug activity.</p><p>Duggan says more than 300 homeowners have already been put on notice—and that starting next week, their neighbors will start getting notices in the form of postcards, too.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:32:19 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18303 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan: We'll start seizing drug houses Some Michiganders protest against unaccompanied minors coming here http://michiganradio.org/post/some-michiganders-protest-against-unaccompanied-minors-coming-here <p></p><p>Some of the chaos at the U.S. and Mexican border has made its way to Michigan.</p><p>About 75 protesters turned out last night in in the tiny, mid-Michigan town of Vassar, population roughly 2,600.&nbsp;</p><p>That's where a juvenile center is in talks to potentially house some of the unaccompanied minors flooding into this country from Central America.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Kate Wells sent us this field report.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:02:45 +0000 Kate Wells 18299 at http://michiganradio.org Some Michiganders protest against unaccompanied minors coming here