John Proos http://michiganradio.org en The astonishing hypocrisy of Medicaid opponents http://michiganradio.org/post/astonishing-hypocrisy-medicaid-opponents <p>You know by now that the Michigan Senate has finally voted to approve expanding Medicaid benefits.</p><p>The vote, which came Tuesday night after months of struggle, means that eventually nearly half a million of our citizens will have at least basic health care, people who don’t have it now.</p><p>The cost to the state itself will be nothing for three years, and only a pittance afterwards. The benefits in terms of human decency and a healthier workforce, enormous.</p><p>Those who opposed Medicaid expansion said they didn’t think we should burden future generations with another “entitlement cost.” Many of them also admitted their opposition was based on their hatred of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which they continue to oppose even though it was passed by Congress, passed Constitutional muster with the Supreme Court, and essentially ratified by the voters in last year‘s presidential election. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:47:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14187 at http://michiganradio.org The astonishing hypocrisy of Medicaid opponents Bill seeks to make state Legislature part-time http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-seeks-make-state-legislature-part-time <p>Michigan’s legislature would only serve part-time under a measure in the state Senate.</p><p>Starting in 2015, lawmakers would only meet in regular session up to 90 days a year. They could have special sessions to address emergencies.</p><p>Republican state Senator John Proos is sponsoring the legislation. He said it would force state lawmakers to work more efficiently.</p><p>“Ultimately it saves taxpayers money and decreases the overall size of government. I think that those are good, laudable efforts as we try to reform state government,” Proos said.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 23:38:44 +0000 Jake Neher 10874 at http://michiganradio.org Bill seeks to make state Legislature part-time State lawmakers consider changes to Medical Marijuana Act http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-consider-changes-medical-marijuana-act <p>Members of the Michigan legislature are considering <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28c2tr5v451ngnl2e13w5f3v45%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=Bills">several bills</a> that would amend the state&rsquo;s medical marijuana law. One bill would <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28c2tr5v451ngnl2e13w5f3v45%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=2011-SB-0377">create a database</a> of marijuana license holders. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 19:05:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2993 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers consider changes to Medical Marijuana Act Recall language against State Senator John Proos not clear enough...for now http://michiganradio.org/post/recall-language-against-state-senator-john-proos-not-clear-enoughfor-now <p>Lyn Earwood, who submitted the petition, says she will tweak the language to make it more clear and resubmit for approval soon.</p><p>The language was nearly identical to a recall petition Kent County officials approved this morning against State Senator Mark Jansen.</p><p>Both petitions stated opposition to the republican senator&#39;s support of the new tax structure that cuts taxes for most Michigan businesses and taxes income from public pensions.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:49:59 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2961 at http://michiganradio.org Recall language against State Senator John Proos not clear enough...for now Senate approves measure to rein in environmental rules http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-approves-measure-rein-environmental-rules <p>The Republican controlled state Senate has approved a measure to rein in the authority of state regulators to enact environmental protection rules.</p><p>The bill says Michigan&rsquo;s environmental protection rules cannot be stricter than federal rules unless a law is passed to allow it.</p><p>Republican state Sen. John Proos says environmental policy should reflect the fact that Michigan competes with other states for jobs.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We can&rsquo;t operate in a vacuum in Michigan,&quot; said Pross. &quot;If it&rsquo;s more difficult to do business in Michigan than it is in Indiana, businesses and industries who hire Michigan families could just as soon choose the less-expensive option or the more-efficient option. Every day, other states benchmark against us. We should do the same to make sure we put ourselves in the best position to compete.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Republicans and some Democrats have long complained that Michigan&rsquo;s environmental rules and the people who enforce them are too zealous.</p><p>Democrats, like State Senator Rebekah Warren, say the measure would make it harder for experts to address environmental crises that may be unique to the Great Lakes region.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Federal standards to protect water quality, in particular, are designed to be the floor below which states are not allowed to drop,&quot; said Warren. &quot;They are not written by people that feel the special stewardship like we do here in Michigan over one of the world&rsquo;s most-important freshwater resources.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Opponents of the bill say it would make it more difficult to respond to an environmental crisis and it would make the process of protecting air and water more political.</p><p>One Democrat crossed over to join the Republican majority to approve the measure. The bill now goes to the state House. Thu, 05 May 2011 21:57:26 +0000 Rick Pluta 2370 at http://michiganradio.org