michigan legislature http://michiganradio.org en Flanagan: "The MEAP’s not an option" for next year http://michiganradio.org/post/flanagan-meap-s-not-option-next-year <p>State Superintendent Mike Flanagan is warning Michigan lawmakers against trying to take <a href="http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/04/meap_test_is_not_an_option_for.html#incart_river_default">a step back on school testing.</a></p><p></p><p>An amendment to next year’s school aid budget would require schools to give the MEAP exam next year. Some lawmakers are upset the state has contracted with a new company using a test tied to Common Core standards.</p><p></p><p>Flanagan says the MEAP test is not an option at this point. He says changing now would cost the state.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:52:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 17344 at http://michiganradio.org Flanagan: "The MEAP’s not an option" for next year State legislators debate expanding state's controversial Education Achievement Authority http://michiganradio.org/post/state-legislators-debate-expanding-states-controversial-education-achievement-authority <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy </span>Richardville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he hopes there will be a final vote this week on a bill to expand the state’s controversial Education Achievement Authority.</span></p><p>That’s the state-run authority meant to turn around some of Michigan’s lowest-performing schools. Right now, the EAA runs 15 schools in Detroit. The bill would pave the way for it to expand up to 50 schools statewide.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network’s Lansing reporter Jake Neher&nbsp;joined us to talk about the EAA.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:34:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 17332 at http://michiganradio.org State legislators debate expanding state's controversial Education Achievement Authority Student demand change to Michigan school 'zero tolerance' policies http://michiganradio.org/post/student-demand-change-michigan-school-zero-tolerance-policies <p>Dozens of high school students have completed a trek from Detroit to Lansing to highlight their concern about ‘zero tolerance’ policies in Michigan schools.</p><p><a href="http://tubmanorganizing.org/michael-reynolds-is-willing-to-go-to-extremes-to-shed-light-on-what-he-says-is-a-big-problem-zero-tolerance-policies-that-are-driving-kids-like-him-out-of-school-for-often-minor-offenses-he-and-doz/">The students say</a> violating even minor ‘zero tolerance’ policies may land them on suspension.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:19:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 17329 at http://michiganradio.org Student demand change to Michigan school 'zero tolerance' policies Metal theft bill hung up despite push by legislative leaders http://michiganradio.org/post/metal-theft-bill-hung-despite-push-legislative-leaders <p> LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Five years after Michigan targeted copper thefts plaguing cities like Detroit and disrupting railroads and utilities, plans to better restrict sales of stolen scrap metal are caught in a legislative fight.<br /><br />Lawmakers are generally in agreement over giving law enforcement more tools to crack down on the problem.<br /><br />But a provision to make people wait three days for payment for copper wire, air conditioners and catalytic converters is angering scrap buyers and dividing legislators.<br /> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:12:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16860 at http://michiganradio.org Metal theft bill hung up despite push by legislative leaders Compromise on emergency road funding to be announced this afternoon http://michiganradio.org/post/compromise-emergency-road-funding-be-announced-afternoon <p>State lawmakers will roll out a deal this afternoon on a spending package to fix Michigan’s pothole-filled roads.</p><p></p><p>The supplement funding bill is expected to include $200 million for local road agencies. Brutal winter weather has drained county and city road budgets.</p><p></p><p>State House Speaker Jase Bolger declined to give specifics about the compromise road bill this morning, except to say it will address the state’s immediate road problems.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:19:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 16807 at http://michiganradio.org Compromise on emergency road funding to be announced this afternoon Drivers navigate pothole-strewn roads as Michigan lawmakers debate emergency funding http://michiganradio.org/post/drivers-navigate-pothole-strewn-roads-michigan-lawmakers-debate-emergency-funding <p>Many county road budgets in Michigan are idling on empty after our brutal winter.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They hope state lawmakers will agree soon on an emergency road funding bill.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Drivers in Michigan could be forgiven if they think their morning commute feels more like an off-road adventure.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brutal winter weather has turned many roads into a moonscape of potholes, more suited to an ATV than the family car.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16763 at http://michiganradio.org Drivers navigate pothole-strewn roads as Michigan lawmakers debate emergency funding Michigan should 'bite the bullet' on road funding, suggests a PA state transportation official http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-should-bite-bullet-road-funding-suggests-pa-state-transportation-official <p>County road commissioners meeting in Lansing today heard from a Pennsylvania transportation official on how Michigan can spend more money on its crumbling roads.</p><p></p><p>Bradley Mallory is the executive deputy secretary of Pennsylvania’s transportation department.</p><p></p><p>His state recently passed a $2.3 billion road spending plan. The plan includes a higher gas tax and other fees.</p><p></p><p>Mallory says like Michigan, Pennsylvania lawmakers know they have to do something to fix their roads.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:14:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 16735 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan should 'bite the bullet' on road funding, suggests a PA state transportation official Bill to legalize scalping splits Michigan venues, brokers http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-legalize-scalping-splits-michigan-venues-brokers <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Repealing Michigan's rarely enforced ban against scalping tickets is, on its face, an effort to help out the average customer looking to sell a few unused tickets to a game or concert.<br /><br />But it's also a high-stakes financial tussle - one between venue owners like pro sports teams and brokers who resell their tickets on the Internet. So far, the brokers are winning in Lansing.<br /><br />The Republican-led House voted this week to legalize ticket scalping. Entertainment venues are hoping to block the bill in the GOP-controlled Senate.<br /> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 19:07:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16670 at http://michiganradio.org Bill to legalize scalping splits Michigan venues, brokers Deal assures Michigan cities won't be hurt by business tax cut http://michiganradio.org/post/deal-assures-michigan-cities-wont-be-hurt-business-tax-cut <p>LANSING – Michigan lawmakers this week will propose a deal to guarantee that local governments lose little to no revenue from a planned phase-out of taxes on industrial machinery and small businesses' equipment.<br /><br />The business tax cuts were enacted by Gov. Rick Snyder and legislators at the end of 2012. But they will be halted if a statewide vote fails in August.<br /><br />An agreement reached among Snyder's administration, business interests and local officials would make sure municipalities opposing a loss in revenue are mostly kept whole.<br /> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:44:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16564 at http://michiganradio.org Deal assures Michigan cities won't be hurt by business tax cut Gov. Snyder wants boost in local revenue sharing http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-wants-boost-local-revenue-sharing <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Local governments bore steep cuts in state revenue-sharing payments in the 2000s as sales tax collections lagged and lawmakers siphoned off money to deal with budget deficits.<br /><br />Now as the economy recovers and the budget stabilizes, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing a 15 percent increase in the next budget.<br /><br />He once cut statutory shared revenue to cities and townships by a third.<br /> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 23:07:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16364 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder wants boost in local revenue sharing Bernero: The state of the city of Lansing is strong. The state of the city's roads not so good. http://michiganradio.org/post/bernero-state-city-lansing-strong-state-citys-roads-not-so-good <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero used his State of the City speech Thursday to make a pitch for state funding to repair local roads.</p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero says the city of Lansing plans to spend three million dollars this year to repair pot hole covered roads in the capitol city.&nbsp;</p><p>But the mayor says the city would have to spend five times that much each year for a decade to fix all of Lansing’s road problems.</p><p>In his speech, Bernero called on state lawmakers to use part of the state’s billion dollar budget surplus to help repair local roads across Michigan.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:56:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 16256 at http://michiganradio.org Bernero: The state of the city of Lansing is strong. The state of the city's roads not so good. Governing Michigan – a part-time job? http://michiganradio.org/post/governing-michigan-part-time-job <p>Michigan voters could see a question on the November ballot this year asking them to make the state Legislature part-time.</p><p></p><p>The<a href="http://www.parttimemi.com/"> Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature </a>has turned in petition language to the state Bureau of Elections.</p><p></p><p>“This is about actually taking a Legislature that’s been pretty much dominated by lobbyists and getting them back into a citizen-driven ideology,” said the group’s chair, Norman Kammeraad, on the Michigan Public Television program “Off the Record.”</p><p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:36:00 +0000 Jake Neher 16183 at http://michiganradio.org Governing Michigan – a part-time job? 'Human trafficking' bills moving through Michigan legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/human-trafficking-bills-moving-through-michigan-legislature <p>There are dozens of bills before the Michigan Legislature dealing with human trafficking.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Another 23 bills were unveiled today as part of a package dealing with forced labor and prostitution.</p><p>Kurt Heise is the chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He says the bills introduced this week not only go after the pimps and johns but also acknowledges the needs of the victims.</p><p>“We look at the young people and the vulnerable adults who are trafficked as victims and that they get the love and support that we can provide,” says Heise.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:19:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 16157 at http://michiganradio.org 'Human trafficking' bills moving through Michigan legislature Snyder: Michigan pension tax will stand despite surplus http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-michigan-pension-tax-will-stand-despite-surplus <p>DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says he won't reconsider a controversial tax on income of certain Michigan retirees.<br /><br />Michigan has a large budget surplus, but Snyder tells <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140118/POLITICS02/301180020/Gov-Snyder-says-challenges-Detroit-bankruptcy-stressful-amid-efforts-resolve-it?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">The Detroit News</a> that revisiting the 2012 tax is not on his radar. He calls it an issue of fairness, saying pensions shouldn't be treated differently for tax purposes than other retirement income.<br /> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 19:43:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16080 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder: Michigan pension tax will stand despite surplus Michigan lawmakers considering dumping the state's ticket scalping law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-considering-dumping-states-ticket-scalping-law <p>The state House Criminal Justice committee will consider <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(hdjlrr55zewnwcuxkc3hyh45))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectname=2013-HB-5108">a bill</a> tomorrow morning that would effectively make ticket scalping legal in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>Currently, state law requires tickets to sporting events and other entertainment be resold at the face value of the ticket. The law has been on the books since 1931. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:18:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 16025 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers considering dumping the state's ticket scalping law 5 things to know about Michigan Legislature in 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/5-things-know-about-michigan-legislature-2014 <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Legislature formally kicked off 2014 with no heavy lifting. But voting could occur this week, when lawmakers also gather to hear Governor Rick Snyder's annual State of the State speech.<br /><br />Budget work will dominate the first half of the year. Legislators have nearly $1 billion more to work with than expected, and one priority is spending more on road upkeep without raising taxes.<br /><br />Lawmakers also are talking up an election-year tax cut, perhaps in the state income tax.<br /> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:10:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15982 at http://michiganradio.org 5 things to know about Michigan Legislature in 2014 Who's that knocking on your door? http://michiganradio.org/post/whos-knocking-your-door <p>In Michigan, you can no longer invoke trespassing laws to avoid being served court papers at your door.</p><p></p><p>At the end of 2013, a new law took effect to exempt process servers from trespassing laws.</p><p></p><p>Michigan Sen. Rick Jones sponsored the legislation. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He says the goal is to increase safety for process servers who sometimes are confronted with threats of violence.</p><p></p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:52:43 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15979 at http://michiganradio.org Who's that knocking on your door? Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years http://michiganradio.org/post/budget-experts-predict-extra-11-billion-state-government-revenues-over-3-years <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan legislative budget experts say state government is taking in hundreds of millions of dollars more than expected eight months ago.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.house.mi.gov/hfa/PDF/Revenue_Forecast/EconomicOutlook_Revenue_Estimates_Jan14.pdf">A report released Tuesday from the House Fiscal Agency</a> in Lansing estimates Michigan collected $433 million more than projected in the last budget year and will collect about $327 million more this year.<br /> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:53:31 +0000 The Associated Press 15926 at http://michiganradio.org Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years New Michigan laws of 2013 led by Medicaid expansion http://michiganradio.org/post/new-michigan-laws-2013-led-medicaid-expansion <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder and legislators have enacted more than 200 new laws in 2013, with roughly 70 more awaiting the governor's signature after a final burst of voting.<br /><br />The year's top laws include a landmark expansion of government-funded medical coverage to hundreds of thousands more low-income adults and restrictions on insurance coverage of abortions.<br /> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:26:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15801 at http://michiganradio.org New Michigan laws of 2013 led by Medicaid expansion One group believes switching to a part-time Legislature will be good for Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/one-group-believes-switching-part-time-legislature-will-be-good-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should Michigan revert to the kind of legislature originally called for when Michigan voters drafted the first constitution in 1835?&nbsp; A part-time legislature?&nbsp;</span></p><p>Norm Kammeraad&nbsp;says absoluetly, yes.</p><p>He is the Chairman of <a href="http://www.parttimemi.com/">The&nbsp;Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature</a>. They’re hoping to gather nearly 400,000 voter signatures between January and June in order to put the question on the November 2014 ballot.</p><p>Yesterday, we spoke with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan columnist Dennis Lennox. He is against a part-time Michigan Legislature.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can find that interview </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-strategist-says-switching-part-time-legislature-would-not-be-good-michigan" style="line-height: 1.5;">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15752 at http://michiganradio.org One group believes switching to a part-time Legislature will be good for Michigan