government http://michiganradio.org en Criminal conviction check-off box to be removed from Ann Arbor city job applications http://michiganradio.org/post/criminal-conviction-check-box-be-removed-ann-arbor-city-job-applications <div style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="398" scrolling="no" src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/155118225?et=95aNulT0QVlpK7Pj0zj9-w&amp;sig=A-kOmnk83DzZQzSgP5gdQHxZOdqMl6b69bFkmE2WF8o=" style="display:inline-block;" width="507"></iframe><p style="margin:0;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:36:52 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17499 at http://michiganradio.org Flint schools chief: No payless paydays this year http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-schools-chief-no-payless-paydays-year <p>There is no doubt that teachers in the Flint Community Schools will be paid through the end of the school year.</p><p>That's according to Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins.</p><p>Watkins said the state approved the Flint school district's deficit elimination plan today.</p><p>The district will get a $2.3 million advance on its state aid payments, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nd Watkins said the state authorized the district to borrow $3.6 million. </span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:11:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16305 at http://michiganradio.org Flint schools chief: No payless paydays this year What words has Gov. Snyder used most in his State of the State addresses? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-words-has-gov-snyder-used-most-his-state-state-addresses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tonight, </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Snyder will deliver his fourth State of the State address.</span></p><p>Michigan’s leaders are already spelling out what issues they hope to see the governor address in this year's annual speech: <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-49">road funding</a>, <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/state_of_the_state_wish_list_s.html">higher education, LGBT discrimination and tax cuts</a>, to name a few.</p><p>We thought we’d take a look at what Snyder has said in his past talks, and how his speeches have changed during his past three years in office.</p><p><strong>Snyder’s <a href="http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/political/governor-rick-snyder-to-deliver-first-state-of-the-state-wednesday">2011 State of the State address</a>:</strong></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:10:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16035 at http://michiganradio.org What words has Gov. Snyder used most in his State of the State addresses? Medicaid expansion does not equal government expansion http://michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-does-not-equal-government-expansion <p></p><p>Yesterday I talked about Washington’s offer to expand Medicaid to many Michiganders who currently have no health insurance. The government has offered to make the program available to many poor, but not officially poverty-stricken, Americans.</p><p>States who participate will pay only a fraction of the cost. This would immediately provide health care to hundreds of thousands who don’t now have it, and be extremely beneficial to virtually everyone, including employers, who would have a healthier work force.</p><p>Though some states sensibly ratified this almost immediately, Michigan has dragged its feet, largely because of bitter ideological opposition to anything that seems to be “government” health care. I said yesterday that this was irrational and was harming our state.</p><p>But while I heard from many people who agreed, not everybody did. One woman said I just didn’t understand that this would be terrible because it would be an expansion of government. In fact, the Tea Party has denounced more Medicaid as tyranny.</p><p>Well, I think that’s nonsense; I don’t think extending an already existing benefit to more people is expanding government. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:44:55 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13806 at http://michiganradio.org Medicaid expansion does not equal government expansion Michigan ranks extremely low in 'government integrity' http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ranks-extremely-low-government-integrity <div style="height: 100%; line-height: 1.5; font-size: 87.5%; word-wrap: break-word; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-r Thu, 18 Jul 2013 23:33:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13604 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan ranks extremely low in 'government integrity' Why do most people distrust their elected leaders? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-do-most-people-distrust-their-elected-leaders <p>When you think about the government – local, state, or federal - how much do you trust those leaders whom you've elected?</p><p>We certainly know that public approval ratings for Congress are at abysmally low levels. The latest Gallup poll finds 78% of U.S. voters disapprove of the job Congress is doing; only 17% approve.</p><p>Let's look more closely at what we all think about our leaders. And for that, we've raised that special 50-50 flag, that's half Wolverine maize and blue and half Spartan green and white. Charley Ballard, who directs the State of the State Survey for Michigan State University, and Tom Ivacko, who does the Michigan Public Policy surveys for the University of Michigan's Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, both joined us in the studio today.</p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:12:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 13343 at http://michiganradio.org Why do most people distrust their elected leaders? Snyder officials to meet with Michigan residents http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-officials-meet-michigan-residents <p>Officials from Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's administration are planning to travel across the state this week to take suggestions and answer questions from Michigan residents.</p><p>Representatives from the Office of Constituent Services will visit locations in Washtenaw, Livingston, Ingham, Shiawassee, Clinton and Ionia counties on May 23 and 24.</p><p>Snyder's office says topics that are open for discussion include the state budget and opportunities for getting involved in state government.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 18:57:10 +0000 Associated Press 12643 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder officials to meet with Michigan residents Stateside: Local funding assessed by Michigan Public Policy Survey http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-local-funding-assessed-michigan-public-policy-survey <p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>One of the major challenges local leaders face is providing services amidst dwindling budgets.</p><p>Today we spoke with Tom Ivacko from the <a href="http://closup.umich.edu/">Center for Local, State and Urban Policy [CLOSUP]</a> about Michigan’s local services.</p><p>“79% of Michigan’s local government leaders told us that, even after the cuts they’ve been making, they’re still satisfied with the overall package of services they deliver,” said Ivacko.</p><p>Ivacko noted, however, that many leaders think their citizens remain satisfied.</p><p>“We asked local leaders how satisfied their citizens are and they think their citizens are pretty satisfied with the packages today.” Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:46:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11014 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Local funding assessed by Michigan Public Policy Survey Four ideas for dealing with poverty, from the man who inspired the welfare reform movement http://michiganradio.org/post/four-ideas-dealing-poverty-man-who-inspired-welfare-reform-movement <p>Libertarian author and commentator <a href="http://www.aei.org/scholar/charles-murray/">Charles Murray</a> sat down with <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org">State of Opportunity</a>'s <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/people/dustin-dwyer">Dustin Dwyer</a>&nbsp;yesterday to discuss his new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Apart-State-America-1960-2010/dp/0307453421">Coming Apart</a>, which highlights the growing stratification of wealth in America.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:08:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9048 at http://michiganradio.org Four ideas for dealing with poverty, from the man who inspired the welfare reform movement MSU program gives political newbies a head start http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-program-gives-political-newbies-head-start <p>When a person decides to enter politics, they may be a little lost about how get their foot in the door. They might not know what holding office really requires.</p><p>The Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University works to help up-and-comers get a handle on the world of politics.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 21:00:30 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 8605 at http://michiganradio.org MSU program gives political newbies a head start Commentary: Grass-roots health care http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-grass-roots-health-care <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Nobody would dispute that health care is one of the biggest issues facing this nation. And virtually everyone, regardless of their politics, is waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court.</font></font></font></font></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 14:54:55 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7427 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Grass-roots health care Prison Blues http://michiganradio.org/post/prison-blues <p>Michigan is one of only a handful of states that spends more on prisons than it does on higher education. This is a disgrace, and isn&rsquo;t doing very much for either our budget or our future.</p><p>The reasons for this are both complex and simple. The societal reasons are complex, of course, and have been addressed at length by people more knowledgeable than I.</p><p>The technical reasons are far simpler.&nbsp; Thirty years ago, there were only about 13,000 inmates in Michigan prisons. Five years ago, the figure had ballooned to more than 51,000.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 15:55:13 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6142 at http://michiganradio.org Prison Blues 13,000 Michigan families to lose cash assistance http://michiganradio.org/post/13000-michigan-families-lose-cash-assistance <p>About 13-thousand Michigan families will stop getting money from the state on October 1st. That&rsquo;s when the families will reach their five-year federal lifetime limit for cash assistance. The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5526---,00.html">cash assistance program</a> is designed to support low-income families with pregnant women or children until they find jobs.</p><p>Sheryl Thompson is with the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dhs">Department of Human Services</a>. She says people with no income who have children will no longer be able to extend the limit for cash assistance.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This was never meant to be a long-term solution,&quot; she said. &quot;It was always supposed to be a short-term solution as a safety net.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Thompson says Michigan will save about 77-million-dollars this year. Other services including job placement and food assistance are available for people who qualify.</p><p><em>- Amelia Carpenter - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 20:36:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3690 at http://michiganradio.org 13,000 Michigan families to lose cash assistance Michigan officials keeping close eye on federal budget negotiations http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-officials-keeping-close-eye-federal-budget-negotiations <p>Governor Snyder&rsquo;s administration says it expects most state services will continue with little or no disruption if a partial <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/04/07/135199130/essential-vs-not-which-jobs-are-exempt-to-shutdown">federal government shutdown</a> occurs, the Associated Press reports. The federal government will <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/04/07/135176595/little-progress-reported-in-talks-to-avert-shutdown?ps=rs">partially shutdown tomorrow at midnight</a> if there is not a deal to fund the government through September. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said Wednesday that the administration is monitoring the situation closely and seeking more information. Key factors influencing the possible effects of a shutdown would be how the federal government defines essential services and how long a shutdown might last.</p><p>The federal government faces a partial shutdown Friday at midnight if Congress doesn&#39;t take action to avoid one.</p><p>Michigan&#39;s unemployment insurance agency says it expects benefits would continue to be paid to jobless workers, including the roughly 150,000 who now receive benefits under federal programs.</p><p>Michigan has about 52,000 federal government employees, including about 22,000 postal employees. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 11:33:26 +0000 Zoe Clark 1949 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan officials keeping close eye on federal budget negotiations Mergers and Acquisitions http://michiganradio.org/post/mergers-and-acquisitions <p>There&rsquo;s been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth statewide over the new proposals the governor outlined in Grand Rapids yesterday, the ones especially that will affect local governments.</p><p>He proposes to hold back one-third of the revenue sharing money communities get from the state, and release it only if cities, villages and townships adopt certain reforms. Those would include putting all new hires on a pension plan based on what they and their employer put in, a so-called &ldquo;defined contribution plan.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 19:03:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1749 at http://michiganradio.org Mergers and Acquisitions Analysis: Protests in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana http://michiganradio.org/post/analysis-protests-michigan-wisconsin-ohio-and-indiana <p>Protesters headed to Lansing yesterday to voice their displeasure with the budget cuts in Governor Snyder&#39;s budget proposal.&nbsp; People were also there yesterday in support of the cuts.<br /><br />Michigan Radio&#39;s political analyst Jack Lessenberry discussed the protests on Michigan Radio this morning.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:47:53 +0000 Tamar Charney 1386 at http://michiganradio.org Analysis: Protests in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana Michigan Attorney General to take on government corruption http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-take-government-corruption <p>Michigan Attorney General <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag">Bill Schuette</a> has created a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164--251369--,00.html">Public Integrity Unit</a> aimed at stepping up the fight against corruption in state and local government. The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>Schuette says in a statement Thursday that corruption scandals have "damaged the public's trust in government" and left Michigan with a questionable national reputation. He says there will be "no more Kwames," a reference to disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.</p><p>Kilpatrick served jail time for lying in court about an affair and now is in prison for violating probation. He and his father also face a sweeping federal indictment that accuses them of taking kickbacks and bribes.</p><p>Schuette says the unit is being created with existing office resources. During last year's campaign, he had said fighting public corruption was important.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:42:24 +0000 Zoe Clark 1248 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General to take on government corruption Kalamazoo County saves millions in health care costs http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-county-saves-millions-health-care-costs <p>A wellness program is paying huge dividends for <a href="http://www.kalcounty.com/">Kalamazoo County</a>. This year, the county spent $7.7 million on health care for its employees. That’s a little more than $2 million less than it spent 6 years ago.</p><p>Anne Conn is Kalamazoo County’s assistant director of Human Resources. She says they enticed employees to participate in the wellness program by offering freebies and even an extra day off.</p><blockquote><p>"People are in the wellness program now because they want to be, not because we’re giving them a t-shirt to do it."</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 00:18:51 +0000 Lindsey Smith 658 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo County saves millions in health care costs More cash to battle Asian Carp http://michiganradio.org/post/more-cash-battle-asian-carp <p>The Obama Administration announced it will dedicate more resources to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes.</p><p>Today, a coordinated group of state and federal agencies released the <a href="http://asiancarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Final-Framework-Dec-15-10.pdf">2011 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework.</a></p><p>In it the group calls for increased monitoring and further study on the pathways carp can use to get into the Lakes.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101216/NEWS06/101216060/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a> reports the framework calls for:</p><div><blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">$47 million worth of new projects... to combat Asian carp and prevent their spread to the Great Lakes. The new work includes a new laboratory in Wisconsin that will do increased DNA sampling for Asian carp around the lakes, aiming to take 120 samples per week.</div></blockquote></div><div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">The additional money is expected to come from money that was originally allocated from other Great Lakes clean-up projects. Thu, 16 Dec 2010 22:01:11 +0000 Mark Brush 625 at http://michiganradio.org More cash to battle Asian Carp You fix the budget deficit http://michiganradio.org/post/you-fix-budget-deficit <p>It's easy to criticize. Now you're in charge.</p><p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11/13/weekinreview/deficits-graphic.html">The New York Times</a> has created a slick little interactive tool that displays different solutions to the country's projected budget deficits.</p> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 16:55:19 +0000 Mark Brush 323 at http://michiganradio.org You fix the budget deficit