randy richardville http://michiganradio.org en Senate putting finishing touches on Common Core resolution http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-putting-finishing-touches-common-core-resolution <p>Lawmakers in the state Senate hope to move forward this week on a plan to fund the implementation of new school standards.</p><p>Republican leaders in the Senate had hoped to introduce a resolution last week to fund the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. But Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) says it was a good idea to wait because there were so many concerns that had to be addressed.</p><p>&ldquo;I want people to have a good look at it and hear from some other experts before we do anything,&rdquo; said Richardville. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s always on our radar screen because it&rsquo;s an important issue. We&rsquo;re not going to let that one drag out forever.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:49:45 +0000 Jake Neher 14831 at http://michiganradio.org Senate putting finishing touches on Common Core resolution Richardville: Preventing abortion coverage not a 'top priority' http://michiganradio.org/post/richardville-preventing-abortion-coverage-not-top-priority <p>The Republican leader in the state Senate says he&#39;s not yet willing to commit to taking up a measure that would ban insurance companies from including abortion coverage in standard health plans.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Majority Leader Randy </span>Richardville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told reporters&nbsp;Tuesday that he doesn&#39;t consider it a top priority. He says he still needs time to speak with his caucus about the issue.</span></p><p>The group Right to Life of Michigan turned in more than 315,000 signatures <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/right-life-files-abortion-coverage-petitions">last week</a> to send the measure to the Legislature. Those signatures still need to be certified by a state board. If that happens and lawmakers fail to pass the measure, it will go on the ballot.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:28:57 +0000 Jake Neher 14765 at http://michiganradio.org Richardville: Preventing abortion coverage not a 'top priority' Week in Michigan politics: Medicaid, Governor Snyder, and the Tea Party http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-medicaid-governor-snyder-and-tea-party <p>This week in Michigan politics Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/next-step-medicaid-expansion-back-state-house">Medicaid expansion</a>, Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/can-snydercalley-ticket-survive-medicaid-fight">political status</a>, and the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/wes-nakagori">Michigan Tea Party</a>.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:57:39 +0000 Christina Shockley & Jack Lessenberry 14169 at http://michiganradio.org Week in Michigan politics: Medicaid, Governor Snyder, and the Tea Party Next step for Medicaid expansion is back to the state House http://michiganradio.org/post/next-step-medicaid-expansion-back-state-house <p>It’s now up to the state House to decide whether to send a bill to expand Medicaid in Michigan to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.</p><p></p><p>That’s after the state Senate narrowly approved the bill yesterday. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>But the Senate may have also delayed when the expansion could actually take effect.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:43:50 +0000 Jake Neher 14168 at http://michiganradio.org Next step for Medicaid expansion is back to the state House State Senate expected to vote on Medicaid expansion this week http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-expected-vote-medicaid-expansion-week <p>A bill to expand Medicaid in Michigan could get a vote in the state Senate as early as tomorrow. &nbsp;&nbsp;So could two other alternative plans to extend health insurance to low-income Michiganders.</p><p></p><p>Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says whichever route he and his colleagues decide to take, they have to address the issue this week.</p><p></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:13:34 +0000 Jake Neher 14145 at http://michiganradio.org State Senate expected to vote on Medicaid expansion this week State lawmakers still far from agreeing on plan to fix Michigan's roads http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-still-far-agreeing-plan-fix-michigans-roads <p>A plan to improve Michigan’s roads and infrastructure will probably not be on the November ballot. That’s according to leaders of both parties in the state Senate.</p><p></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder wants the state Legislature to boost road funding by more than a billion dollars a year. But lawmakers have not embraced his plan to raise registration fees and the state’s gas tax to pay for it.</p><p></p><p>Instead, multiple plans have surfaced that would include asking voters to increase the state’s sales tax.</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:10:41 +0000 Jake Neher 13995 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers still far from agreeing on plan to fix Michigan's roads Medicaid expansion bill clears state Senate committee http://michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-bill-clears-state-senate-committee <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A state Senate panel has approved legislation to expand Medicaid in Michigan. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:51:04 +0000 Jake Neher 13786 at http://michiganradio.org Medicaid expansion bill clears state Senate committee State Senate may vote next month on expanding Medicaid in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-may-vote-next-month-expanding-medicaid-michigan <p>There could be a vote in the state Senate in late August on a bill to extend Medicaid health coverage to thousands of un-insured working poor people.</p><p></p><p>That’s despite Governor Rick Snyder’s call for a vote earlier than that.</p><p></p><p>The governor has said waiting until late August could jeopardize the state’s ability to get federal approval, and then sign up people in time for coverage to begin when the new federal healthcare law takes effect in January.</p><p></p><p>The state House has already passed its version of a Medicaid bill.</p><p></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:36:09 +0000 Rick Pluta 13588 at http://michiganradio.org State Senate may vote next month on expanding Medicaid in Michigan Medicaid substitute bill may be ready by next week http://michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-substitute-bill-may-be-ready-next-week <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A group of lawmakers working on Michigan’s Medicaid expansion are meeting today to discuss their progress.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) said today he expects a Medicaid substitute bill could be ready by next week.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Richardville put together the group earlier this month. The workgroup wants to place certain conditions on Medicaid expansion in Michigan -- reforms that may need federal approval.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">MPRN will report on the group’s findings.</span></p><p><em>- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:52:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13575 at http://michiganradio.org Medicaid substitute bill may be ready by next week This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, dissolving school districts, ban on wolf hunting http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-medicaid-expansion-dissolving-school-districts-ban-wolf-hunting <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss Governor Snyder and Randy Richardville's <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-continues-push-medicaid-expansion">final efforts to expand Medicaid</a>, a bill recently signed to dissolve financially struggling school districts in Michigan, and another <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/you-could-be-asked-vote-two-michigan-wolf-hunt-laws-november-2014">ballot initiative to ban wolf hunting</a>.</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:15:52 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13358 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, dissolving school districts, ban on wolf hunting Committee to begin work on Michigan Medicaid expansion next week http://michiganradio.org/post/committee-begin-work-michigan-medicaid-expansion-next-week <p>A state Senate panel is expected to start discussing a bill next week to expand Medicaid in Michigan.</p><p>Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) expects a vote in the full Senate before September.</p><p>The Majority Leader has been taking some heat from Governor Rick Snyder since last week.</p><p>That’s when Richardville allowed the Senate to leave on its summer recess before taking a vote on Medicaid expansion. But Richardville defended the decision today on the Michigan Public Television program <em>Off the Record</em>.</p><p>“I don’t think this legislation is complete. I don’t think we had the votes to get things done that day, and it would have been forcing a less-than-adequate package to his desk,” said Richardville.</p><p>The governor says the state stands to lose millions of federal dollars if the legislation isn’t approved soon.</p><p>That’s because the plan needs to be approved by Washington – a process that will likely take months. But Richardville said he doesn’t want to rush the legislation if it’s not ready.</p><p>"I understand that he has to talk to the federal government, and these waivers are going to be difficult to negotiate," said Richardville. "But I think we’ll have a product for him to look at before July is over."</p><p>Richardville says he generally supports the idea of overhauling and expanding Medicaid.</p><p>“But we have some other reforms, some other things that we think should be done to make this legislation better. And we need a little time to look at it,” he said.</p><p>Meanwhile, a legislative workgroup is also trying to get the bill ready for a vote. The workgroup originally consisted of six Republican senators.</p><p>But Richardville now says he plans to add some Democrats to the group as well.</p><p>Richardville says he expects to have a proposal in place before August, and a vote of the full Senate before September.</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:08:08 +0000 Jake Neher 13306 at http://michiganradio.org Committee to begin work on Michigan Medicaid expansion next week In this morning's news: Budget passed in Legislature, bill to protect DIA, gas prices in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-budget-passed-legislature-bill-protect-dia-gas-prices-michigan <p><strong>Budget awaits Governor Snyder's signature </strong></p><p>State lawmakers passed a budget that would increase funding to local governments and schools.</p><p>"Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville calls it the best budget he’s ever helped pass.&nbsp; But the budget does not include Snyder’s request to expand Medicaid or increase road funding by more than a billion dollars," Michigan Radio's Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Senate voting to protect DIA</strong></p><p>The Michigan Senate is expected to vote today on a measure to protect the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr has warned the Institute's assets could be at risk if the city goes bankrupt. If this bill passes, the same protections would apply to collections in other museums across Michigan.</p><p><strong>Michigan gas prices amongst highest in nation</strong></p><p>Gasoline prices in Michigan are the second highest in the United States right now. It could be several weeks before there's any relief at the pump.</p><p>"Analyst Patrick deHaan of GasBuddy dot com says there are fewer gasoline refineries in the Midwest than other parts of the country, and gasoline commodity traders are also driving up the prices," Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:53:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12885 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Budget passed in Legislature, bill to protect DIA, gas prices in Michigan Education budget clears Michigan Legislature, goes to Gov. Snyder's desk http://michiganradio.org/post/education-budget-clears-michigan-legislature-goes-gov-snyders-desk <p>The Michigan Senate has passed a budget bill that would boost state funding to public schools by about 3%. Universities and colleges would also get a roughly 2% increase.</p><p>Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R- Monroe) praised the schools budget, saying it addresses issues like teacher retirement costs while giving more money to districts.</p><p>“The education budget this year may be the best that I’ve seen since I’ve been up here,” said Richardville.</p><p>But many Democrats say the plan does not do enough to make up for cuts to education over the past couple of years.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 20:01:02 +0000 Jake Neher 12797 at http://michiganradio.org Education budget clears Michigan Legislature, goes to Gov. Snyder's desk A Michigan state-federal health care exchange killed by Senate Republicans http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-federal-health-care-exchange-killed-senate-republicans <p>Michigan will be part of the federal government’s health insurance exchange, instead of being a partner in a joint effort.</p><p>That’s because the state Senate began its spring break yesterday without meeting a deadline to vote on accepting federal funds for the project.</p><p>Republicans in the state Senate defied the wishes of Governor Snyder and a lot of business groups by refusing federal funding for a joint federal-state health insurance exchange.</p><p>That’s where customers will go to comparison shop for coverage. Instead, Michigan customers will shop on the federal government’s exchange. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:38:31 +0000 Rick Pluta 11822 at http://michiganradio.org A Michigan state-federal health care exchange killed by Senate Republicans State Senate leader looks to expand Michigan's film tax credits http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-leader-looks-expand-michigans-film-tax-credits <p>The state Senate’s top Republican says he’ll once again try to ward off big cuts to Michigan’s film industry credits.</p><p></p><p>For the second year in a row, Governor Rick Snyder is proposing a budget that would cap the state’s film incentives at $25 million for the year.</p><p></p><p>And for the second year in a row, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says he’ll fight to give the industry at least twice that.</p><p></p><p>“To that particular industry and to the mostly blue collar workers that benefit from that in Michigan, it would be devastating to them,” says Richardville.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:23:26 +0000 Jake Neher 11286 at http://michiganradio.org State leaders question plan to divide Michigan’s electoral votes http://michiganradio.org/post/state-leaders-question-plan-divide-michigan-s-electoral-votes <p>Two top Republicans in Lansing say they’re not on board with a plan to split Michigan’s Electoral College votes.</p><p>Lawmakers have been expecting a bill that would divide the state’s electoral votes by congressional district.</p><p>State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said that would make the state less important in presidential elections.</p><p>“At this point in time, I’m still sticking to my guns. I think the bigger package of votes for the winner brings more attention to the state and keeps us united. So I haven’t been convinced otherwise yet,” Richardville said.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:34:30 +0000 Jake Neher 11000 at http://michiganradio.org State leaders question plan to divide Michigan’s electoral votes Michigan Republican leader concerned with election change http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-leader-concerned-election-change <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The top Republican in the Michigan Senate says he has concerns with calls to divide the state's Electoral College votes proportionally.</p><p>Changing from a winner-take-all system would have helped Mitt Romney, who lost Michigan to President Barack Obama by 9 percentage points.</p><p>Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said Tuesday he doesn't think the current system is broken, so he doesn't know if he wants to fix it. He says that Michigan got more attention from presidential candidates because they could win all 16 electoral votes.</p><p>A bill is expected to be reintroduced in the state House to divide the votes by congressional districts. Such a change would give the GOP an advantage, at least for now. That's because Republican voters outnumber Democrats in more congressional districts. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:26:45 +0000 The Associated Press 10993 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican leader concerned with election change Teachers to pay more for retirement, school districts get some relief http://michiganradio.org/post/teachers-pay-more-retirement-school-districts-get-some-relief <p align="LEFT">Teachers&nbsp;and other school employees will soon be paying more of their salaries for health care and pensions.</p><p align="LEFT">Governor Snyder is expected to sign bills that require school workers to pay&nbsp;four or seven&nbsp;percent of their salaries for retirement benefits, depending on what plan they have.</p><p align="LEFT">School employees will&nbsp;also pay more for their health insurance when they retire.</p><p align="LEFT">Randy Richardville is State Senate Majority Leader.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:51:59 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8692 at http://michiganradio.org Is third time the charm? Another Richardville recall petition approved http://michiganradio.org/post/third-time-charm-another-richardville-recall-petition-approved <p>A recall petition against Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) got the stamp of approval from Monroe County election officials.</p><p>The Associated Press reports County Clerk Sharon Lemasters says the vote at the petition clarity hearing was 2-1.</p><p>Organizers first started their recall effort against Richardville last year. That petition language was approved, but the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2011/12/effort_to_recall_state_sen_ran.html">signature gathering effort stalled</a>.</p><p>This past May, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/petition-recall-randy-richardville-rejected">a second petition against Richardville</a> was rejected for vague and unclear language.</p><p>Now, organizers hope the third time is the charm. They&#39;re targeting Richardville, in part for his support of a new Michigan-Ontario bridge, according to the AP.<br /><br />Richardville spokesman Matt Marsden says the approved language is &quot;remarkably similar to the last two rejected recalls&quot; and that the senator will review it with his lawyer. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:39:30 +0000 Mark Brush 7885 at http://michiganradio.org Is third time the charm? Another Richardville recall petition approved Michigan Senate votes to phase out industrial tax http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-votes-phase-out-industrial-tax <p>The Michigan Senate has voted to phase out an industrial tax that&rsquo;s a big revenue generator for school districts and local governments. Republicans amended their original plan to make sure much</p><p>of that money for local services and education would be replaced.</p><p>State Senate Majority Richardville says if money from the state falls below a certain level, communities could return to taxing industrial property.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of a poison pill, as we call it in legislative jargon, where, if we don&rsquo;t keep our promises than the whole program disappears, so it forces the state government to say we will keep you at the level we say it will,&rdquo; Richardville says.</p><p>Richardville acknowledges there&rsquo;s no way to guarantee schools and local governments won&rsquo;t see some reductions. The money for the replacement would come from the sunset of other tax breaks.</p><p>Republicans say Michigan&rsquo;s tax on business and industrial property is unique in the Midwest and drives investment elsewhere.</p><p>The Senate rejected efforts by Democrats to link the tax phase-out to job creation targets. Fri, 11 May 2012 12:02:31 +0000 Rick Pluta 7422 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate votes to phase out industrial tax