Mackinac Bridge http://michiganradio.org en Battles over unemployment benefits, Mackinac’s oil pipeline gain federal attention http://michiganradio.org/post/battles-over-unemployment-benefits-mackinac-s-oil-pipeline-gain-federal-attention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emergency unemployment benefits and senatorial "</span><a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20140108/NEWS04/301080011/Oil-pipeline-through-Straits-Mackinac-US-tries-reassure-Levin-Stabenow" style="line-height: 1.5;">jitters</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" over an </span>Enbridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> oil pipeline running through the Straits of </span>Mackinac: B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">oth are issues consuming attention from Michigan's congressional delegation.</span></p><p>More than a week ago, a federal unemployment benefits program expired, leaving 1.3 million jobless Americans without aid. Some 45,000 of them are here in Michigan.</p><p>The program is the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. In Michigan, the EUC added 36 more weeks to the state's regular 20 weeks of benefits.</p><p>On Capitol Hill today, Democrats are trying to pressure House Republicans to extend the program for three more months.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Obama administration is trying to ease concerns over an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.</p><p>Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler joins us now to tell us more about these issues.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:08:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 15936 at http://michiganradio.org Battles over unemployment benefits, Mackinac’s oil pipeline gain federal attention Mackinac Bridge to be bathed in blue for autism http://michiganradio.org/post/mackinac-bridge-be-bathed-blue-autism <p>ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) - The Mackinac Bridge will be lit blue at sundown Tuesday and continue to be illuminated at night for the entire month as part of an autism awareness campaign.<br><br>The Mackinac Bridge Authority is working with several corporations and organizations for "Light It Blue Michigan." All costs are paid by private donations.<br><br>The campaign begins at 6 p.m. with a public ceremony at the Kewadin Casino in St. Ignace, on the north side of the bridge that connects Michigan's two peninsulas. Speakers include Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who has a daughter with autism.<br> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:37:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11944 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-headlines-2 <p><strong>Michigan-based bank among those to fail stress test</strong></p><p>Ally Financial, headquartered in Detroit, made the Federal Reserve&#39;s list of major banks that failed to show they have enough capital to survive another serious downturn.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The Federal Reserve says 15 of the 19 major banks stress-tested passed. The Fed noted that all 19 banks are in a much stronger position than immediately after the 2008 financial crisis. Still, SunTrust, Ally Financial and MetLife joined Citi in failing to meet the test&#39;s minimum capital requirements.</p></blockquote><p>Ally Financial released a statement saying the Fed&#39;s analysis &quot;dramatically overstates potential contingent mortgage risk, especially with respect to newer vintages of loans.&quot;</p><p>The Fed reviewed the bank balance sheets to determine whether they could withstand a crisis that sends unemployment to 13 percent, causes stock prices to be cut in half and lowers home prices 21 percent from today&#39;s levels.</p><p><strong>Mixed reactions to Gov. Snyder&#39;s consent agreement plan for Detroit rescue</strong></p><p>Yesterday, Detroit City Council saw a proposed consent agreement put forward by Gov. Rick Snyder and state treasurer Andy Dillon. The agreement proposes a financial advisory board, among other things, to help right Detroit&#39;s financial problems.</p><p>The initial reaction from many on city council and <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/03/detroit_mayor_dave_bing_rips_p.html">Mayor Dave Bing</a> was negative - with several saying the plan takes too much power away from the city&#39;s elected leaders.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120314/NEWS01/203140417/Reactions-mixed-about-city-s-tough-medicine-">Detroit Free Press</a> gathered reaction from Detroit residents, which they say, was mixed. Here&#39;s one example:</p><blockquote><p>Sherina Sharpe, 31, a lifelong Detroit resident who teaches writing, said she doesn&#39;t know what the best course of action is, but she wants to see the city flourish and isn&#39;t ready to shoot down proposed solutions.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m open to solutions as long as they actually benefit the people who live here,&quot; she said.</p></blockquote><p>You can read the agreement and weigh-in with your thoughts <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/bing-unhappy-what-do-you-think-should-detroit-take-consent-agreement-deal">here</a>.</p><p><strong>Broadband deal reaches across Big Mac and into the Upper Peninsula</strong></p><p>The Mackinac Bridge won&#39;t just transport people and goods, it will also transport large packets of information under a new deal announced yesterday. From the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120314/METRO/203140371/1361/">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced a deal between the nonprofit Merit Network Inc. and the Mackinac Bridge Authority. It allows Merit Network to purchase strands of cable crossing the 5-mile-long Mackinac Bridge for use in a fiber-optic broadband project called REACH-3MC.</p><p>The project is part of an effort to expand broadband access in Michigan. Snyder says it will help &quot;serve job creators and the Upper Peninsula.&quot; Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:27:44 +0000 Mark Brush 6630 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news headlines... Rates to go up for "Big Mac" crossing in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/rates-go-big-mac-crossing-michigan <p>Starting next year, it will cost you more to cross the Mackinac Bridge.</p><p>The 54 year-old bridge is maintained and operated with toll revenue only.</p><p>Here are the per crossing rates that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012:</p><ul><li>Auto/passenger vehicle: $4; vehicle with trailer: $2 per axle</li><li>Commuter: $2</li><li>Other, including commercial trucks and motor homes: $5 per axle</li></ul><p>In 2013, the commuter rate will go up to $2.10 and in 2014, the rates are expected to go up as follows:</p><ul><li>Auto/passenger vehicle: $4.50; vehicle with trailer: $2.25 per axle</li><li>Commuter: $2.20</li><li>Other, including commercial trucks and motor homes: $6 per axle</li></ul><p>The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the increases &quot;unanimously approved by the MBA board in 2007.&quot;</p><p>More from the <a href="http://www.mackinacbridge.org/news-6/">MBA</a>:</p><blockquote><p>As stated at its December 2007 meeting, the MBA board will review financial forecast data in 2013 to determine future actions, such as the expected toll increases in 2014, modification of tolls, and/or bonding. Regardless of future traffic volumes, the MBA will work diligently on its long-term preservation strategy to continuously review and implement a variety of cost-saving measures, as appropriate. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:23:34 +0000 Mark Brush 5400 at http://michiganradio.org Rates to go up for "Big Mac" crossing in Michigan