mike shirkey http://michiganradio.org en Bill forces disclosure of law's effect on premiums in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-forces-disclosure-laws-effect-premiums-michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State legislators are divided over a plan requiring Michigan insurers to tell policyholders the impact of the federal health care law on their premiums.<br /><br />Legislation awaiting a vote in the Republican-led House would require that insurers give annual estimates of the overhaul's effect on premiums.<br /><br />Republican Rep. Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake says people deserve to know the law's ramifications. He also wants to insulate insurers from being blamed for premium increases.<br /><br />But Democrats say the bill is nothing more than a political ploy. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:08:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15314 at http://michiganradio.org Bill forces disclosure of law's effect on premiums in Michigan Beneath the helmet: Why did Governor Snyder sign the helmet law repeal? http://michiganradio.org/post/beneath-helmet-why-did-governor-snyder-sign-helmet-law-repeal <p>Michigan is the 31st state to allow motorcyclists to ride without helmets. Gov. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Rick Snyder</a> signed<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-repeals-michigans-mandatory-motorcycle-helmet-law"> the bill to lift the requirement</a> on riders 21 years and older last night. But signing the repeal was not necessarily something the Governor wanted to to.</p><p>&quot;This is one of those issues that the Governor says is, &#39;not on my agenda,&#39; which is Snyder short-hand for, &#39;I don&#39;t want to deal with this,&#39;&quot; explains Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/its-just-politics"><em>It&#39;s Just Politics</em></a>.</p><p><strong>Why&#39;d he do it?</strong></p><p>So, the Governor&#39;s signing of the repeal raises the question: if it wasn&#39;t on his agenda, why did he sign it?</p><p>&quot;I talked to [the Governor&#39;s] office,&quot; Pluta explains, &quot;and his thinking about this evolved. He said at first that it wasn&#39;t on his agenda and then, if he was going to do it, he wanted it to be in the context of a overhaul of the state&#39;s auto-insurance laws - there has been no overhaul - but, the Governor still signed it. His office says that this [signing] recognizes that he has a partnership with the Republican Legislature, and that this is something, clearly, a majority of the House and Senate wanted.&quot;</p><p><strong>Did the Governor blink?</strong></p><p>This, however, raises another question: did the Governor blink? Meaning, do Republican lawmakers now know, with the signing of <em>this </em>bill, that just because the Governor says an issue is &quot;not on his agenda&quot; that he will, eventually, support it if it&#39;s sent to his desk.</p><p>For example, there&#39;s been a lot of inside-political talk about whether Governor Snyder would, if the state House and Senate passed such a measure, sign <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/right-work">right-to-work legislation</a>.</p><p>Governor Snyder&rsquo;s spokeswoman has said that a fierce debate over &quot;right-to-work&quot; and&nbsp;other labor issues won&rsquo;t help Michigan rebuild its economy. The governor has said he hopes the Legislature <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-right-work-wrong-issue-michigan-now">will put off a measure</a> that would&nbsp;outlaw compulsory union membership or dues to hold a job.</p><p>But there are Republicans, such as Representative <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/rep-mike-shirkey-defends-right-work-legislation">Mike Shirkey</a>, who disagree with the Governor and believe that now is the time to introduce right-to-work legislation. One has to wonder: will Governor Snyder&#39;s signing of the helmet-law repeal embolden certain Republican lawmakers to introduce legislation that they know Governor Snyder doesn&#39;t support?</p><p><strong>A Balancing Act</strong></p><p>&quot;It speaks to the balancing act that [Governor Snyder] is engaged in,&quot; Pluta notes. &quot;On the one hand, he&#39;s trying to get the Legislature to buy into his priorities - priorities that Conservatives and Tea Partiers in the Legislature in particular are not enthusiastic about. And, he gets to say, &#39;maybe it wasn&#39;t on my agenda but I respected your priorities - now, you can respect mine.&#39; Or, is it the other way around? Does this fuel this idea that the Legislature can send something to the Governor that&#39;s not on his agenda and he&#39;s more likely than not to simply accept it,&quot; Pluta says.</p><p><strong>It&#39;s Just Politics</strong></p><p>&quot;It&#39;s a motorcycle story,&quot; Pluta explains, &quot;that is the next chapter in the saga of how the Governor relates to a Legislature that is not always on the same page as him.&quot; Fri, 13 Apr 2012 20:08:34 +0000 Zoe Clark 7040 at http://michiganradio.org Beneath the helmet: Why did Governor Snyder sign the helmet law repeal? Rep. Mike Shirkey defends "right-to-work" legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-mike-shirkey-defends-right-work-legislation <p><strong>CORRECTION - </strong>An earlier version of this story&nbsp;stated that&nbsp;Right To&nbsp;Work&nbsp;legislation had already been introduced in the Michigan House. It has not. Representative&nbsp;Shirkey plans to introduce the legislation soon.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Right-to-work laws would prohibit workers from being required to join a union or pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.</p><p>Republican Rep. Mike Shirkey&nbsp;plans to&nbsp;introduce right-to-work legislation in the House.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:09:28 +0000 Mercedes Mejia, Jennifer White & Zoe Clark 5916 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Mike Shirkey defends "right-to-work" legislation Legislation targets payroll deductions for PACs http://michiganradio.org/post/legislation-targets-payroll-deductions-pacs <p>The Republican-led Michigan House has passed a bill that would ban public employers from allowing paycheck deductions for political contributions.</p><p>It would reinforce a state Supreme Court decision made earlier this year.</p><p>Supporters say&nbsp;the legislation isn&#39;t anti-union.&nbsp;They say&nbsp;it&rsquo;s about using government resources fairly.</p><p>State Rep. Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake) says there&#39;s&nbsp;&quot;a long list of private, politically oriented organizations who would love to have the elegance and access to employee deductions of public workers.&rdquo;</p> Sat, 10 Dec 2011 02:17:27 +0000 Rina Miller 5329 at http://michiganradio.org Legislation targets payroll deductions for PACs