Jennifer White http://michiganradio.org en Flint's Amir Hekmati retried and sentenced to 10 years in Iranian prison http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-amir-hekmati-retried-and-sentenced-10-years-iranian-prison <p>Amir Hekmati is a former Marine from Flint, Michigan.</p><p>More than two and a half years ago, while visiting family in Iran, Hekmati was arrested and charged with espionage. His initial death sentence was overturned, but now reports have surfaced that Hekmati&nbsp;was secretly retried in December 2013.</p><p>He was convicted of "partial collaboration with the American government," and sentenced to 10 years in prison.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:20:08 +0000 Jennifer White & Michigan Radio Newsroom 17243 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's Amir Hekmati retried and sentenced to 10 years in Iranian prison Michigan's Medicaid expansion goes into effect today http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-medicaid-expansion-goes-effect-today <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_66797---,00.html">Healthy Michigan</a>” is available to more than 470,000 low-income Michiganders between the ages of 19 and 64.</p><p>Joining us today is Krista Nordberg, director of enrollment at the Washtenaw Health Plan.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nordberg says the Healthy Michigan Plan is “extremely comprehensive health care coverage” for low-income individuals. The kind of coverage available includes medical benefits, prescription coverage, dental, vision and mental health services.</span></p><p>But under the new plan, people will be responsible for some of the cost of their health care.</p><p>“The co-pays range from about $1 to $3 for the dental and the vision and the prescriptions. And for people with higher incomes – incomes between 100-133% of poverty – they will be asked to contribute to a health savings account, and that is still something being worked out with the state as to how that would be administered through their health plan, and how they will pay into that,” said Nordberg.</p><p>For more information about Healthy Michigan click <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/healthymiplan">here</a>, or call 1-855-789-5610.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 17065 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Medicaid expansion goes into effect today What's next for the EAA in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-next-eaa-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A vote is expected on a final version of a bill that would expand the Education Achievement Authority into a statewide district.&nbsp;</p><p>The EAA was created by the Snyder administration to initially oversee the lowest performing schools in the Detroit Public School system where it currently oversees 15 schools. Supporters say the EAA will give troubled schools the opportunity to turn things around, but critics say the EAA hasn’t proved that its model for education is a successful one.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Smith, the statewide education reporter for </span>MLIVE.com joined us today.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:02:26 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16976 at http://michiganradio.org What's next for the EAA in Michigan? Audio: A conversation with former Benton Harbor emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/audio-conversation-former-benton-harbor-emergency-manager <p>The city of Benton Harbor is no longer in a financial emergency. Gov. Snyder today announced the appointment of a Receivership Transition Advisory Board.</p><p>Behind the turnaround is Benton Harbor’s former emergency manager, Tony Saunders II. He spoke with the host of&nbsp;<em>All Thing Considered</em>, Jennifer White.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:22:03 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16801 at http://michiganradio.org Audio: A conversation with former Benton Harbor emergency manager Michigan attorney general is front, center and vocal on major court cases http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-front-center-and-vocal-major-court-cases <p>The Michigan attorney general’s office is very busy these days. The state’s position on juvenile life sentences is being questioned before the Michigan Supreme Court; the state’s constitutional amendment banning same sex-marriage and civil unions is being challenged in federal court; and at the same time, the rights of pensioners are being sorted out as Detroit continues to go through bankruptcy.<br /><br />Attorney General Bill Schuette has been front, center, and vocal in all of these cases.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Jennifer White 16746 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan attorney general is front, center and vocal on major court cases Could foundations offering to help Detroit regret their decision? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-foundations-offering-help-detroit-regret-their-decision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As Detroit continues to move through the bankruptcy process, an outstanding issue is a plan to protect artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts. A group of foundations and private donors have pledged over $300 million that would help cover city pensions and offset the need to sell the artwork.&nbsp;</p><p>A recent <a href="https://philanthropy.com/article/Foundations-Offering-to-Bail/144233/">op-ed</a> in the Chronicle of Philanthropy questions the wisdom of this plan.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">William </span>Schambra<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is the director of the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal in Washington D.C. and he joined us today.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16708 at http://michiganradio.org Could foundations offering to help Detroit regret their decision? Kennedy Prize for Drama goes to Dominique Morisseau’s play 'Detroit '67' http://michiganradio.org/post/kennedy-prize-drama-goes-dominique-morisseau-s-play-detroit-67 <p>The Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama inspired by American History is given once a year to a new play or musical that uses the power of theater to explore this country's past, and to engage audiences in a deeper understanding of history and in meaningful conversations about current issues.</p><p>This year, that prize goes to Dominique Morisseau's&nbsp;<em>"Detroit 67." a&nbsp;</em>Detroit native,&nbsp;Morisseau is a playwright, poet, and actress.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:37:48 +0000 Jennifer White 16666 at http://michiganradio.org Kennedy Prize for Drama goes to Dominique Morisseau’s play 'Detroit '67' A look at Michigan's same-sex marriage challenge, and will another Dingell take office? http://michiganradio.org/post/look-michigans-same-sex-marriage-challenge-and-will-another-dingell-take-office <p>This week, a challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage began in federal court. Michigan voters approved the ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in 2004. Plus, the longest-serving member of the House, John Dingell&nbsp;announces he will retire. Who will take his seat?</p><p><em>All Things Considered</em>&nbsp;host Jennifer White spoke with Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p></p><p><em>*Correction - In an earlier version of the audio above, Susan Demas&nbsp;referred to April DeBoer or Jayne Rowse as a "biological" mother of their kid(s). Each is an "adoptive" parent to their kid(s). The audio has been corrected.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:23:46 +0000 Jennifer White 16648 at http://michiganradio.org A look at Michigan's same-sex marriage challenge, and will another Dingell take office? Audio: April DeBoer talks about challenging Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/audio-april-deboer-talks-about-challenging-michigans-ban-same-sex-marriage <p>Tomorrow, hearings challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage begin in federal court.</p><p>Partners April DeBoer and Jayne Rouse are two nurses, living in Hazel Park. They’ve been raising three children together, but they cannot jointly adopt the children because of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>The couple sued the state for the right to adopt jointly and eventually submitted a legal challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>The hearings are expected to focus on whether Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and whether children are harmed by being raised by same-sex parents.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to April </span>DeBoer speaking with <em>All Things Considered </em>Host, Jennifer White below:</p><p></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Jennifer White 16581 at http://michiganradio.org Audio: April DeBoer talks about challenging Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage To raise or not to raise the minimum wage? http://michiganradio.org/post/raise-or-not-raise-minimum-wage <p></p><p>It's a question Michigan voters may have to answer this November.</p><p>The Board of State Canvassers yesterday approved petition language put forward by Raise Michigan, a coalition that wants to increase Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, and also index the minimum wage to inflation.</p><p>To get the question on the November ballot, it needs to collect 258,000 signatures by May 28.</p><p>Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants spoke with All Things Considered Host, Jennifer White.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:10:19 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16533 at http://michiganradio.org To raise or not to raise the minimum wage? Why Rep. Lipton believes her bill is better alternative to EAA http://michiganradio.org/post/why-rep-lipton-believes-her-bill-better-alternative-eaa <p></p><p>The Michigan House could vote this week to expand the Education Achievement Authority, or EAA.</p><p>The EAA was created by Gov. Rick Snyder as a separate school district for the lowest-performing 5% of schools in Michigan. The idea was that under the oversight of a state appointed emergency manager, those schools could be transformed into higher performing, stable schools. Supporters of the EAA say the district is showing student improvement. Critics of the district say the EAA is failing students and schools.</p><p>Democratic Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton is the sponsor of&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Bill 5268. She&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">poke with All Things Considered host Jennifer White.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:20:33 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16498 at http://michiganradio.org Why Rep. Lipton believes her bill is better alternative to EAA Drivers beware, warns MDOT director http://michiganradio.org/post/drivers-beware-warns-mdot-director <p></p><p>Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, says the harsh winter will make the pothole situation in Michigan this spring the worst we’ve seen in our lifetime. He testified this week before the state House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation.</p><p>Joining us to talk roads are Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:35:28 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16443 at http://michiganradio.org Drivers beware, warns MDOT director Why Rep. Zemke believes teacher evaluations need change http://michiganradio.org/post/why-rep-zemke-believes-teacher-evaluations-need-change <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A set of bipartisan bills moving through the state legislature would reshape Michigan’s teacher evaluation system. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Rep. Adam&nbsp;</span>Zemke&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">from Ann Arbor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">sponsored <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(kr5vsi552oeduinogkrgvd45))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=2014-HB-5224">Bill 5224</a>. He spoke with All Things Considered host Jennifer White.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16402 at http://michiganradio.org Why Rep. Zemke believes teacher evaluations need change The thinking behind Gov. Snyder's budget plan http://michiganradio.org/post/thinking-behind-gov-snyders-budget-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each week we talk Michigan politics with Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate majority leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</span></p><p>Gov. Snyder gave his budget address yesterday. It included increased funding for education, more money for local governments, and a homestead property tax credit for low and middle-income families.</p><p>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:55:00 +0000 Jennifer White 16341 at http://michiganradio.org The thinking behind Gov. Snyder's budget plan Detroit bankruptcy moving quickly http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-moving-quickly <p></p><p>This week, Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor for the Detroit Free Press, pointed out the positive momentum around the Detroit bankruptcy, and also the glaring outstanding issues that could have a major impact on how quickly and efficiently the bankruptcy proceeds.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">All Things Considered host Jennifer White spoke with S</span>tephen Henderson.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Jennifer White 16303 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit bankruptcy moving quickly Michigan woman discusses employment, disabilities with President Obama http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-woman-discusses-employment-disabilities-president-obama <p></p><p>At the start of our State of Opportunity Project we spoke with Leatrice Fullerton, a single mother with two children.</p><p>She earned a master’s degree in social work, but had difficulty finding employment when we last spoke with her.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fullerton also faces the additional challenge of being blind. The good news is that she now has two part-time jobs.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, Fullerton participated in a Google chat hosted by President Obama. She asked the president what his plans were for including people with disabilities&nbsp;in the work force.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All Things Considered host Jennifer White spoke with Fullerton.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Jennifer White 16264 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan woman discusses employment, disabilities with President Obama A look at income tax reduction and the minimum wage debate http://michiganradio.org/post/look-income-tax-reduction-and-minimum-wage-debate <p></p><p>Each Thursday we look at Michigan politics with Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p>As predicted, the state budget surplus has become a hot topic in the state Legislature, more specifically how to spend that money.</p><p>A state Senate panel approved a bill that would cut the income tax rate from 4.25 % to 3.9 % over the next three years. But, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">re Republicans on the same page about this tax cut?</span></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:28:06 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16250 at http://michiganradio.org A look at income tax reduction and the minimum wage debate One group strongly opposes raising the minimum wage http://michiganradio.org/post/one-group-strongly-opposes-raising-minimum-wage <div></div><div>President Obama is expected to talk about raising the federal minimum wage in his State of the Union address tonight.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Across Michigan, there’s also increasing focus on raising the minimum wage for the first time since 2008.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Raise Michigan campaign is working to get an initiative on the ballot that would raise the minimum wage to somewhere between $9 and $10.10 per hour. But the Michigan Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes raising the minimum wage.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Joining us to explain why is Wendy Block, director of health policy in human&nbsp;resources at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We also spoke with Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard.</div><div> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16220 at http://michiganradio.org One group strongly opposes raising the minimum wage Should Dave Agema resign? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-dave-agema-resign <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week during a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Martin Luther King Jr. D</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ay speech, Gov. Rick Snyder renewed his call for civility. His comments seemed to again be pointed toward&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dave&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Agema, a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican National Committeeman</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Agema</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is being criticized for comments made against gays and Muslims, and the calls for his resignation are getting louder.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To talk about this, we're joined by&nbsp;Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio’s co-host of "It’s Just Politics."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16158 at http://michiganradio.org Should Dave Agema resign? Does year-round school mean kids lose out on summer vacation? http://michiganradio.org/post/does-year-round-school-mean-kids-lose-out-summer-vacation <p></p><p>In his recent State of the State address, Gov. Rick Snyder called for a pilot program for year-round schooling. Since that speech, education advocates and teachers’ unions have been weighing in on the question.</p><p>Schools that move to a year-round schedule would still have the same number of vacation days as traditionally structured schools, but those days would be dispersed over the course of the year rather than having a long summer break.</p><p>Joining us now is the director of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice, Dan Quinn. He is also a teacher of economics at Grosse Pointe North High School. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:45:44 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16121 at http://michiganradio.org Does year-round school mean kids lose out on summer vacation?