Michigan http://michiganradio.org en Michigan is closer to putting money down for Detroit's "grand bargain" http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-closer-putting-money-down-detroits-grand-bargain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan has taken a big step closer to putting money down on the table of Detroit's "grand bargain."</span></p><p>The newly formed House Committee on Detroit's Recovery and Michigan's Future approved an $11 billion package that would see the state send $194.8 million dollars to Detroit. And it would create a panel to oversee city finances for at least 13 years. The aid package now goes to the full House.&nbsp;</p><p>We were joined by the chair of that House committee. State Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:14:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 17717 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan is closer to putting money down for Detroit's "grand bargain" Michigan's gay marriage ban struck down http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-gay-marriage-ban-struck-down <p><strong>Update 8:27 am:</strong></p><p>Rick Pluta reports from Ingham County that the first marriage there was performed at 8:05 am.</p><p><strong>7:21 am Saturday:</strong></p><p>Now four counties&nbsp;– Washtenaw, Oakland, Muskegon and Ingham&nbsp;– plan to open this morning to issue marriage licenses. Come back for updates from our reporters in the field.</p><p></p><p><strong>Update 11 pm Friday:</strong></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:23:10 +0000 Rick Pluta 16935 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's gay marriage ban struck down The University of Michigan wants more black students http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-wants-more-black-students <p>The University of Michigan has a race problem.</p><p>“Open it up! Or we’ll shut it down!” chanted half a dozen black students at the Board of Regents meeting yesterday.</p><p>Their frustrations are getting national attention.&nbsp;</p><p>The Black Student union has led protests on campus and online.</p><p>Their #BBUM Twitter campaign (Being Black at U of M) has gone&nbsp;viral.&nbsp;</p><p>They’re fed up, they say, by a school that boasts about a diverse community, yet where just roughly 5% of some 28,000 undergraduate students are black.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:49:40 +0000 Kate Wells 16547 at http://michiganradio.org The University of Michigan wants more black students State House panel set to move forward no-fault overhaul http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-panel-set-move-forward-no-fault-overhaul-0 <p>A proposed overhaul of Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A state House panel passed the bill on a party-line vote, with Democrats all voting "no."</p><p>Right now, people who are severely injured in an auto accident can get unlimited lifetime medical benefits.</p><p>The legislation would cap those benefits at a million dollars.</p><p>Many people who testified against the bill said people who are already injured would lose benefits they were promised.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:19:45 +0000 Jake Neher 12394 at http://michiganradio.org State House panel set to move forward no-fault overhaul Michigan prisoners may soon be eating ARAMARK meals http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-prisoners-may-soon-be-eating-aramark-meals <p>About 400 food service state employees may soon be out of work at Michigan’s prisons.</p><p>That’s after Michigan reversed <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-wont-privatize-prisons-further">its previous decision NOT to privatize the contract</a>.</p><p>The original company bids did not meet the state benchmark of at least 5 percent savings. Wed, 01 May 2013 15:52:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12352 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan prisoners may soon be eating ARAMARK meals Student loan payments may be tax credits http://michiganradio.org/post/student-loan-payments-may-be-tax-credits <p>Student loan payments may be applied as tax credits if a new bill in Lansing becomes law. Democratic State Representative Andy Schor is sponsoring the legislation.&nbsp;</p><p>He says “it’s the start of keeping that talent here and reversing the brain drain as we create some of the places where they want to be.” Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:31:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12354 at http://michiganradio.org Student loan payments may be tax credits Michigan Democrats want to cut state pension tax, boost K-12 funding http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-democrats-want-cut-state-pension-tax-boost-k-12-funding <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Minority Democrats in the Michigan House say pension income should no longer be taxed and other Republican-backed tax changes from 2011 should be repealed.<br><br>Democrats included the proposals in a list of budget priorities unveiled Monday in Lansing. House Democrats say their plan puts "families first," but it faces an uphill climb because Republicans control the Legislature.<br> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 23:28:44 +0000 The Associated Press 12055 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Democrats want to cut state pension tax, boost K-12 funding Genessee County shuts down HAZMAT team http://michiganradio.org/post/genessee-county-shuts-down-hazmat-team <p><span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">MLive's Ron Fonger</span></span> is reporting that <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/03/genesee_county_shuts_down_haza.html#incart_river_default">Genesee County has shut down its h<span style="font-size: 1em;">azardous materials response team.&nbsp; </span></a></p><p>This comes as state officials are investigating potential problems with the unit.<br><br>It will be the first time the county has been without a HAZMAT team in over 10 years.&nbsp; Now other counties will be asked to provide assistance when there's a hazardous materials emergency. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11930 at http://michiganradio.org Genessee County shuts down HAZMAT team Are kids in the state's care safe? Court monitor says not safe enough http://michiganradio.org/post/are-kids-states-care-safe-court-monitor-says-not-safe-enough <p></p><p><br><br><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-60126_7117---,00.html">Almost 14,000 kids in Michigan</a> have been taken out of their own homes by the state because of an abuse or neglect allegation.<br><br>Those kids then rely upon the state's Department of Human Services (DHS) to keep them safe and put them in an environment where they have a chance to thrive. Most of those kids end up in foster care.<br><br>Six years ago the state was sued by the advocacy group <a href="http://www.childrensrights.org/">Children's Rights</a> over treatment of kids in its care.<br><br>The state was back in court today to see where things stand. Everyone agrees things have gotten better since the lawsuit started six years ago, but the court appointed monitor said too many kids are still unsafe. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:16:50 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 11783 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan rolls out plan to address autism needs http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-rolls-out-plan-address-autism-needs <p>Last year, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/autism-coverage-signed-law-michigan-lt-gov-calley">Michigan enacted a law that requires insurance companies to cover childhood autism treatments</a>.</p><p>Today, the Michigan Department of Community Health will roll out its autism coverage plan.</p><p>There are about 50,000 people in Michigan with autism. &nbsp;It’s a disorder that effects communication and social skills. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:53:14 +0000 Rick Pluta 11734 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan rolls out plan to address autism needs Companies refuse to pay Flint false alarm bills http://michiganradio.org/post/companies-refuse-pay-flint-false-alarm-bills <p>Alarm companies in Flint are refusing to pay nearly $134,000 in bills from the city of Flint related to police response to false alarm calls.<br><br>David Harris of the <a href="http://bit.ly/Y8IJ38">Flint Journal</a> reports:</p><blockquote><p>The Burglar and Fire Alarm Association of Michigan is fighting a policy in Flint that bills the alarm company directly as opposed to the customer, said Karen Majeske, the association's board director.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:41:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11505 at http://michiganradio.org Companies refuse to pay Flint false alarm bills The one that DIDN’T get away is a world record http://michiganradio.org/post/one-didn-t-get-away-world-record <p>In a <a href="http://michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153--295374--,00.html">press release today</a>, Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources says <strong>Joseph Seeberger</strong> has both a state record and now a world record-sized Great Lakes muskellunge.</p><blockquote><p>The International Committee of the Modern Day Muskellunge World Record Program (MDMWRP) recognized Seeberger’s catch as the biggest ever.&nbsp; MDMWRP is a committee of muskellunge scientists, industry leaders, anglers and outdoor media personalities that formed in 2006.</p><p>Prior to Seeberger's submission, there had not been a MDMWRP world-record entry verified. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:19:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11369 at http://michiganradio.org The one that DIDN’T get away is a world record Unions seek contracts ahead of new Michigan law http://michiganradio.org/post/unions-seek-contracts-ahead-new-michigan-law <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Some unions in Michigan are working to get new contracts approved before the state's right-to-work law takes effect next month to delay when they'll be affected by changes.<br><br>The Detroit News reports some see it as an effort to keep collecting dues from members until after a new contract expires. Union leaders representing teachers in Utica, Plymouth-Canton, Dearborn and Detroit school districts all are working toward new agreements.<br><br>The Lansing State Journal reports unions at Michigan State University and Lansing Community College are exploring the possibility of extending their labor contracts to delay the law's impact on them.<br><br>The law, passed last year, takes effect March 27. It prohibits requiring workers to pay union dues or fees, but contracts in place before that date are immune from the new rules. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:14:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11280 at http://michiganradio.org Unions seek contracts ahead of new Michigan law Where do Michigan's tax dollars go? http://michiganradio.org/post/where-do-michigans-tax-dollars-go <p>Ever wonder where your Michigan tax dollars go?</p><p>MLive’s Jonathan Oosting has an<a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/michigan_sales_tax_where_does.html#incart_river_default"> article today</a> that breaks it all out.</p><p>He notes that:</p><blockquote><p>Michigan is one of eight states that levies a sales tax on fuel purchases, but it does not devote any of that revenue to road maintenance or repairs.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:11:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11278 at http://michiganradio.org Where do Michigan's tax dollars go? Michigan Businesses Have 1K Fewer Rules To Follow http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-businesses-have-1k-fewer-rules-follow <p>Governor Rick Snyder announced today that Michigan businesses now have one thousand fewer rules to live with.</p><p>Rob Nederhood is Deputy Director of Michigan’s Office of Regulatory Reinvention.</p><p>He says they were challenged to eliminate outdated or obsolete administrative rules.&nbsp; Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:48:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10715 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Businesses Have 1K Fewer Rules To Follow Legislature stays up late, passes flood of lame-duck bills http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-stays-late-passes-flood-lame-duck-bills <p>More than a few Michigan legislators are probably feeling a little fuzzy today, asking themselves the all-important question, “What happened last night?”</p><p>That’s because lawmakers were up until 4:30 a.m. this morning as part of an all-night legislative binge that saw the passage of a bundle of bills.</p><p>And as <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/12/lame_duck_legislature_action_a.html#incart_river_default">MLive reports</a>, not everyone is happy about the way it happened:</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:31:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10376 at http://michiganradio.org Legislature stays up late, passes flood of lame-duck bills Commentary: The problem McCotter left behind http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-problem-mccotter-left-behind <p>Political circles across the state remain stunned by the very public self-destruction of former Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, from the white-collar Wayne County suburb of Livonia.</p><p>Yet it seems to me that while many people know the basic facts of his decline and fall, most don&rsquo;t understand the true consequences of what he&rsquo;s done. I&rsquo;ll get to that in a moment.</p><p>But first consider this. A year ago, McCotter was a man with an essentially safe seat in Congress who had launched a long-shot campaign for President.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:10:07 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8204 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The problem McCotter left behind Commentary: Fourth of July http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-fourth-july <p>When the Declaration of Independence was signed two hundred and thirty-six years ago, Michigan was a sparsely populated place which the French considered part of the province of Quebec.</p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8126 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Fourth of July Commentary: Black Racism? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-black-racism <p>Several weeks ago, I was contacted by someone attempting to smear Congressman Hansen Clarke, who faces a tough primary race next month to try and keep his job.</p><p>The writer told me that he had uncovered the fact that the congressman&rsquo;s father was from a different country and gave his son a different name, which he later changed. Well, not only had I known that, I had written about it.</p><p>Clarke has never made a secret of either that his father was from Pakistan. Nor was it a secret that the boy was named Molik Hashem, a name he later Anglicized.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 14:44:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8125 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Black Racism? Gov. Snyder approves loans for weather-wracked Michigan farmers http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-approves-loans-weather-wracked-michigan-farmers <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has approved loans to Michigan fruit farmers who sustained an estimated $210 million in losses following rough spring weather.&nbsp; Tue, 26 Jun 2012 23:16:14 +0000 The Associated Press 8043 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder approves loans for weather-wracked Michigan farmers