wisconsin http://michiganradio.org en Ships on Lake Superior battle ice http://michiganradio.org/post/ships-lake-superior-battle-ice <p>SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) Ships using Lake Superior are having a tough time due to the worst build up of ice in decades.</p><p></p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:13:45 +0000 Associated Press 15980 at http://michiganradio.org Ships on Lake Superior battle ice How one city in Wisconsin may change how we protect the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/how-one-city-wisconsin-may-change-how-we-protect-great-lakes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A water dilemma is brewing in Wisconsin.</span></p><p>The city of Waukesha (near Milwaukee) is asking for permission to tap into Lake Michigan for drinking water — to the tune of 10.1 million gallons per day.</p><p>Waukesha is in a real bind. The aquifer that has provided most of its drinking water for the last century has dropped so far, that the water left behind has unhealthy levels of radium and salt.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So the city of 70,000 is under a federal order to find a new source, a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">nd Lake Michigan is just 15 miles away.</span></p><p>But Waukesha has the bad luck to be a mile and a half outside the watershed boundary that encircles the five Great Lakes.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:57:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 14942 at http://michiganradio.org How one city in Wisconsin may change how we protect the Great Lakes Feds want more answers from Enbridge on Wisconsin oil pipeline spill http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-want-more-answers-enbridge-wisconsin-oil-pipeline-spill <p>Enbridge Energy is facing new questions from federal regulators.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Those questions come after another<a href="http://news.wpr.org/term/grand-marsh"> one of the company&rsquo;s pipelines in Wisconsin sprung a leak. </a> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 21:38:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 8495 at http://michiganradio.org Feds want more answers from Enbridge on Wisconsin oil pipeline spill Originally exempt, Wisconsin police and firefighters now face cuts (Part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/originally-exempt-wisconsin-police-and-firefighters-now-face-cuts-part-2 <p>Midwest states are changing their relationships with unions.</p><p>Last week, Indiana became the first in the region to become a right to work state.</p><p>Last year, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dismantled collective bargaining rights for state workers. Public safety workers were supposed to be exempt.</p><p>A year later, though, hundreds of police, firefighters and paramedics find they&rsquo;re also getting less pay. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 16:59:21 +0000 Niala Boodhoo 6143 at http://michiganradio.org Originally exempt, Wisconsin police and firefighters now face cuts (Part 2) Michigan to Wisconsin: Hands off our mitten image http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-wisconsin-hands-our-mitten-image <p>In a fight over mittens, the gloves have come off.</p><p>Michigan and Wisconsin are tussling over which state can rightly lay claim to using mittens in their public-relations and tourism campaigns.</p><p>Michiganders, who have long nicknamed the state&rsquo;s lower peninsula &ldquo;The Mitten,&rdquo; for its similar shape to a hand, have <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111207/NEWS06/111207010/Battle-mittens-Wisconsin-infringing-Michigan-s-mitten-rights-new-tourism-campaign-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">taken good-natured umbrage to a new campaign</a> launched by Wisconsin&rsquo;s Department of Tourism, which uses a knit-brown mitten to represent the shape of the state.</p><p>Wisconsin began using the new image in tourism campaigns on Dec. 1, and tells the <em>Detroit Free Press</em> it follows up on an earlier seasonal campaign that used an image of a leaf shaped like the state in the fall. A Wisconsin Department of Tourism spokesperson tells the newspaper that people in Wisconsin consider their state mitten-shaped as well.</p><p>Dave Lorenz, who manages public relations for the state of Michigan, tells the <em>Free Press</em> that, &ldquo;We understand their mitten envy. But there is only one mitten state, only one Great Lakes state.&rdquo; Wed, 07 Dec 2011 21:43:59 +0000 Pete Bigelow 5288 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan to Wisconsin: Hands off our mitten image How do Wisconsin recalls differ from Michigan recalls? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-do-wisconsin-recalls-differ-michigan-recalls <p>Voters in Wisconsin on Tuesday will vote on the recall of two Democratic state senators. Wisconsin voters last week recalled two Republican senators.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-981991.mp3</p><p>Michigan is also embroiled in its own recall battles right now. Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White talks with Political Analyst Jack Lessnberry about the differences between what&rsquo;s happening in Michigan and Wisconsin.</p><p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 21:50:32 +0000 Jennifer White 3765 at http://michiganradio.org How do Wisconsin recalls differ from Michigan recalls? FOIA requests raise concern over academic freedom http://michiganradio.org/post/foia-requests-raise-concern-over-academic-freedom <p>Controversy continues to swirl around collective bargaining rights--and the protests that recent legislation has sparked--in Michigan and Wisconsin.</p><p>At issue now is a number of Freedom of Information Act requests done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.</p><p>The requests have been made for information on faculty at Wayne State, Michigan State, and the University of Michigan.</p><p>Some critics are claiming that the FOIA requests are being used to intimidate college professors from participating in pro-labor protests.</p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:27:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1852 at http://michiganradio.org FOIA requests raise concern over academic freedom Judge blocks controversial Wisconsin union bargaining law http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-blocks-controversial-wisconsin-union-bargaining-law <p>A judge has temporarily blocked Wisconsin&#39;s controversial new law affecting collective bargaining rights in the state. Here the update from the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/19/us/19wisconsin.html">New York Times</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday that prevents Wisconsin&rsquo;s new law cutting collective bargaining rights for public workers from taking effect, at least for now.</p><p>The decision, issued by Judge Maryann Sumi of the Dane County Circuit Court, temporarily bars Wisconsin&rsquo;s secretary of state from publishing the controversial law, one of the procedural requirements for it to come into effect in the state.</p><p>Publication had been expected late next week, but Judge Sumi&rsquo;s ruling delays that until at least March 29, when she plans to hold a full hearing on a lawsuit that questions the validity of the collective bargaining law based on the speedy manner in which it was carried out earlier this month.</p><p>An appeal is possible even before then.</p><p>Opponents of the measure said they hoped the decision was but the first of many that would ultimately undo legislation that has split the state and drawn tens of thousands of demonstrators to the state capital over a matter of many weeks.</p><p>Supporters of the measure, however, said the judge&rsquo;s decision was merely a blip, certain to be overturned as various legal efforts make their way fully through the court system.</p></blockquote><p><span id="articleText">Wisconsin&#39;s Governor Scott Walker has said that the law will shield taxpayers and improve Wisconsin&#39;s business climate.</span></p><p>-Brian Short, <em>Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:07:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1706 at http://michiganradio.org Judge blocks controversial Wisconsin union bargaining law MEA plans rally in Lansing as Senate considers financial manager bills http://michiganradio.org/post/mea-plans-rally-lansing-senate-considers-financial-manager-bills <p>The Michigan Education Association, along with the Working Michigan coalition, is planning a protest rally in the capitol tomorrow. From the <a href="http://www.mea.org/">MEA</a>&#39;s website:</p><blockquote><p><em>&quot;Working Michigan,</em> a coalition of organizations dedicated to protecting working families and Michigan&rsquo;s Middle Class Dream, will be holding a rally at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 8, to protest the package of &quot;Emergency Financial Manager&quot; bill that is currently in the state Senate.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>According to the <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110307/METRO/103070405/1361/Protest-expected-for-Senate-vote-on-expanding-powers-of-emergency-financial-managers">Detroit News</a>, the state Senate may vote on Tuesday to bestow broad powers to emergency financial managers including the ability &quot;to toss out union contracts and suspend elected officials in communities and school districts <a class="itxtrst itxtrsta itxthook" href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110307/METRO/103070405/1361/Protest-expected-for-Senate-vote-on-expanding-powers-of-emergency-financial-managers#" id="itxthook1" rel="nofollow" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 100%; text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 1px solid rgb(13, 37, 105); padding-bottom: 0px; color: rgb(13, 37, 105); background-color: transparent;"><nobr class="itxtrst itxtrstnobr itxthooknobr" id="itxthook1w2nobr" style="color: rgb(13, 37, 105);"></nobr></a>that are operating at a deficit.&quot;</p><p>The MEA is protesting what it calls a series of &quot;attacks on Michigan workers.&quot; Mon, 07 Mar 2011 21:39:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1535 at http://michiganradio.org MEA plans rally in Lansing as Senate considers financial manager bills Snyder: Michigan is not Wisconsin http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-michigan-not-wisconsin <p>Governor <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Rick Snyder</a> is asking state workers to be patient as his administration tries to set Michigan&rsquo;s fiscal affairs in order.</p><p>The governor sent an e-mail to state workers last week saying he does not want a <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=134093832">Wisconsin-style confrontation</a>. The e-mail was sent to 50,000 state employees.</p><p>Governor Snyder promised to work within the collective bargaining process on concessions to help balance the budget, and he complimented state workers on their dedication and creativity.</p><p>He specifically said,&ldquo;Michigan is not Wisconsin,&rdquo; and &ldquo;tough decisions do not have to be polarizing.&rdquo;</p><p>The governor said his goal is to stabilize Michigan&rsquo;s finances so state workers don&rsquo;t have to negotiate new concessions in the future to help address a financial emergency. And, Snyder hinted that future changes to public employee compensation might be in store. He said some public employees are overpaid, some underpaid, and he has some ideas on correcting that. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:40:47 +0000 Rick Pluta 1441 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder: Michigan is not Wisconsin Demonstrators rally at state capitol http://michiganradio.org/post/demonstrators-rally-state-capitol <p>Several hundred demonstrators braved cold and snow to gather in front of the state Capitol Saturday afternoon. It was both a gesture of support for Wisconsin protesters, and to oppose some Republican-sponsored measures before the Michigan Legislature.</p><p>This was the third big rally this week by unionized teachers, police officers, and other public workers opposed to taxing pensions, suspending arbitration rights, and requiring workers to pay more of their health care costs.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder says he is anxious to avoid the angry standoffs between public employee unions and Republican leaders that have taken place in other states. Sat, 26 Feb 2011 22:52:12 +0000 Rick Pluta 1438 at http://michiganradio.org Demonstrators rally at state capitol The Battle of Madison http://michiganradio.org/post/battle-madison <p>Michigan&#39;s budget debate is just getting started.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The governor has called for deep cuts and tax increases.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The plan has been criticized.&nbsp;But the situation is no where near as passionate as in Wisconsin.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:07:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 1338 at http://michiganradio.org The Battle of Madison