randy richardville http://michiganradio.org en Randy Richardville will be forced to leave right when he's hitting his stride as a leader http://michiganradio.org/post/randy-richardville-will-be-forced-leave-right-when-hes-hitting-his-stride-leader <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy </span>Richardville<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> will be out of a job in less than six months, thanks to term limits.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">This means his career in elected politics may be over.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">And I am beginning to be sorry about that. In the last few months, Richardville, a former Monroe businessman, has evolved into a leader capable of looking beyond a narrow partisan agenda.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The roads are one example.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In past years, he virtually sneered at Governor Snyder’s call for the Legislature to appropriate billions to fix our crumbling roads. This spring, Richardville switched, came up with a creative plan to finance long-term road repair, and made a valiant, if failed effort, to get it through the Legislature.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">He said this was because all he heard from his constituents was “just fix the damn roads.” That may be true, but he did see the light when other members of his caucus were bizarrely talking about trying to push through another tax cut instead.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:14:40 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18341 at http://michiganradio.org Randy Richardville will be forced to leave right when he's hitting his stride as a leader Michigan Senate leader says he’s on board with medical marijuana bills http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-leader-says-he-s-board-medical-marijuana-bills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The top lawmaker in the state Senate says he’s now on board with legislation to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan.</span></p><p>Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, is now also embracing a bill that would allow state-certified patients to use edible and other non-smokable forms of marijuana.</p><p>Richardville was not a fan of the legislation when the state House approved it late last year. But he says that has changed as he’s heard more from supporters of the bills.</p><p>“This is for well-meaning people and it’s all for medical purposes. And [patients and caregivers] came and gave some moving testimony,” said Richardville.</p><p>“There’s so much to learn about that topic, and I didn’t know a lot about it. And I didn’t realize how difficult smoking is for some people and the different ingestion techniques that are important to them.”</p><p>Supporters of <a href="http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2013-HB-4271">House Bill 4271</a> say dispensaries allow people to get treatment right away, instead of having to wait for a caregiver to grow and cultivate marijuana. They say that process can take months. Patients with certain diseases, such as cancer, sometimes don’t live long enough to get the benefits of medical marijuana.</p><p>A number of state Supreme Court rulings in recent years have made it impossible for dispensaries to operate the way they did when Michigan voters first approved the state’s Medical Marijuana Act in 2008.</p><p>Advocates say <a href="http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2013-HB-5104">House Bill 5104</a> is also necessary because a recent Michigan Court of Appeals ruling limited legal medical marijuana use to smokable forms. They say children and people with respiratory illnesses should not be forced to smoke cannabis. Products like candies, lotions, and oils can produce unique benefits and some don’t produce a “high” effect, according to patients and caregivers.</p><p>Richardville chairs the Senate Government Operations Committee, where the bills sit now. He expects to move the bills to the Senate floor over the summer. He says a vote in the full state Senate could come as early as September.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:48:32 +0000 Jake Neher 18010 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate leader says he’s on board with medical marijuana bills Rumors of the demise of minimum wage petition drive are greatly exaggerated http://michiganradio.org/post/rumors-demise-minimum-wage-petition-drive-are-greatly-exaggerated <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">So now that the Michigan Senate has approved a new, higher minimum wage, with bipartisan support (14 Rs, 10 Ds) no less, this is practically a done deal. Right?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Not so much.</span> <span id="docs-internal-guid-a850aade-0650-754c-0145-0e2550edd44f" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">headlines and stories that said it would “kill” the petition drive are speculative and premature.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">This Senate bill is – at the bottom of it all – an effort to pull the rug out from under the ballot drive to raise the Michigan minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. It's a cause beloved by Democrats and progressives.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">So why then did 10 out of 12 Senate Democrats go along with it? Particularly after some had already blasted the proposal as a gimmick and too paltry – especially for workers earning the lower tipped wage?</span> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:38:35 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17640 at http://michiganradio.org Rumors of the demise of minimum wage petition drive are greatly exaggerated Latest GOP minimum wage salvo could spark restaurant war http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-gop-minimum-wage-salvo-could-spark-restaurant-war <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Republican state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, may have just turned up the heat in the fight over increasing Michigan’s minimum wage. But the petition campaign – headed by <a href="http://www.raisemichigan.com/splash?splash=1">Raise Michigan</a>&nbsp;– is already planning its pushback.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Richardville proposed yesterday his own legislation to raise the state minimum wage from $7.40 to $8.15, and a boost for tipped workers, too. But, really, this is not so much about raising the minimum wage as derailing the petition drive underway to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour plus a really big raise for tipped workers.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Richardville proposal is separate from <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-plan-stop-drive-increase-minimum-wage-increase-minimum-wage-course">an earlier bill sponsored by Senator Rick Jones,&nbsp;</a>R-Eaton Rapids, that would also raise the minimum wage. That one also meant to blunt the petition drive.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Both were introduced because it appears the petition drive is on track to turn in the necessary number of signatures before the deadline at the end of the month. Under the Michigan Constitution, once those signatures are certified, the state Legislature would have 40 days to vote it into law. If it doesn’t – the question goes on the November ballot.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">And the polling shows, it’s pretty popular. Popular enough, Democrats hope, to boost turnout among their voters who tend to stay home in mid-term elections. Fri, 09 May 2014 17:50:24 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 17545 at http://michiganradio.org Latest GOP minimum wage salvo could spark restaurant war GOP plan to stop drive to increase the minimum wage: increase the minimum wage, of course http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-plan-stop-drive-increase-minimum-wage-increase-minimum-wage-course <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">It’s Michigan minimum wage redux. This week, conservative Republican state Senator Rick Jones introduced a bill to increase Michigan’s minimum wage from $7.40 to $8.15 an hour. The measure would also increase the minimum wage for tipped workers from $2.65 to $2.75 an hour.</span></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:46:21 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17365 at http://michiganradio.org GOP plan to stop drive to increase the minimum wage: increase the minimum wage, of course 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