Bill Ballenger en Political Roundup: Collective bargaining, Proposals 2 & 4 <p>Michigan voters face six questions on November’s ballot. And those questions can be very confusing. Today, we look at two proposals that focus on collective bargaining. <a href="">Proposal 2</a> would protect collective bargaining in the state constitution, and <a href="">Proposal 4</a> would reinstate collective bargaining for in-home health care workers. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:53:52 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 9529 at Political Roundup: Collective bargaining, Proposals 2 & 4 Political Roundup: Citizenship verification box? <p>Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is pushing for a citizenship verification box on the application for the November ballot. She says there could be an estimated 4,000 non-citizens registered to vote in Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>A lawsuit has been brought to block the question from the ballot and some county clerks are refusing to put the citizenship question to voters.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:12:02 +0000 Jennifer White 9173 at Political Roundup: Citizenship verification box? What if Romney Loses? <p>Four years ago, Michigan politicians believed their presidential primary would be meaningful and influential. It was anything but. The state broke both parties&rsquo; rules by holding it too early.</p><p>Barack Obama&rsquo;s name was not on the ballot, and it was won by two candidates who ended up not winning their nominations.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 15:30:51 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6284 at What if Romney Loses? Flint city officials react 'positively' to emergency manager actions <p>Governor Rick Snyder last week appointed an emergency manager to the City of Flint.</p><p>Michael Brown got to work immediately, firing seven city staffers - four of whom were mayoral appointees. He also cut pay for the Mayor and City Council.</p><p>Here to talk about how city officials and citizens are reacting to the fast action is Bill Ballenger, Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 22:02:34 +0000 Jennifer White, Mercedes Mejia & Zoe Clark 5257 at Flint city officials react 'positively' to emergency manager actions Political Roundup <pre> The State Legislature completed work on a $46.5 billion state budget this week. It&rsquo;s the quickest budget process since the 1960&rsquo;s. </pre> <pre> Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Jenn White spoke with Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service, and Bill Ballenger, editor and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics. &nbsp;You can hear the interview here: </pre> <p></p><p>Ballenger says&nbsp; Governor Snyder had a clear plan coming into office, which helped get this budget passed so quickly. He also points to the strong Republican control.</p><blockquote><p>These are the biggest margins of control since the years after World War II ended. This is how strong the majority is in the House and Senate with a Republican Governor. That is incredibly important.</p></blockquote><p>Certain items in the tax structure and in this budget have gotten lots of attention from the public. Tax on pensions, the reduction of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the cuts to K-12 schools all have been on people&rsquo;s minds.</p><p> Fri, 27 May 2011 20:20:04 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 2675 at Political Roundup