lame duck http://michiganradio.org en The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-13 <p>This week and review Michigan Radio’s Weekend Edition host Rina Miller and political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss proposed bills to end lame duck sessions and make it easier to file freedom of information act requests. They also chat about the controversial right to work Pure Michigan ad that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.</p><p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 10723 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-137 <p><strong>Ad claims "right to work" is Pure Michigan</strong></p><p>"Michigan’s Economic Development Corporation will continue to use the Pure Michigan brand to promote business growth, including the fact that Michigan is now a so-called right to work state. The MEDC faced criticism for buying a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal this week touting the state's new right-to-work law as "Pure Michigan." It cost $144,000," Lindsey Smith <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/wall-street-journal-ad-calls-right-work-law-pure-michigan">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>Flint public safety administrator resigns</strong></p><p>"Barnett Jones was Ann Arbor’s police chief before being picked to oversee Flint’s police and fire departments last April. But Jones has also been working as the head of security for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department since May. When news media outlets raised questions this week about Jones’ ability to do both jobs, Jones submitted his resignation in Flint," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-public-safety-administrator-resigns-after-being-asked-questions-about-second-full-time">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Democrats want to ban "lame duck" sessions</strong></p><p>"Some Democratic state lawmakers want to end so-called “lame duck” sessions. If lawmakers pass the measure and voters approve it, the Legislature would be barred from meeting between November elections and the end of December on even-numbered years," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/first-state-bills-2013-aim-end-lame-duck-sessions-and-cut-foia-filing-costs">reports.</a></p><p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:00:07 +0000 Emily Fox 10718 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . First state bills of 2013 aim to end “lame duck” sessions and cut FOIA filing costs http://michiganradio.org/post/first-state-bills-2013-aim-end-lame-duck-sessions-and-cut-foia-filing-costs <p>One day into their new session, state lawmakers already have an influx of bills to consider.</p><p>One resolution in the state Senate seeks to effectively end so-called “lame duck” sessions. On even-numbered years, Lawmakers would be barred from holding regular sessions between November elections and the end of the year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Democratic state Senator Glenn Anderson said lawmakers would only be able to act if there’s an emergency.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:23:34 +0000 Jake Neher 10712 at http://michiganradio.org First state bills of 2013 aim to end “lame duck” sessions and cut FOIA filing costs Union members protest in Lansing on first day of new legislative session http://michiganradio.org/post/union-members-protest-lansing-first-day-new-legislative-session <p>More than 200 people showed up at the state Capitol Wednesday to protest on the first day of the new legislative session.</p><p>The union-backed group criticized state lawmakers for making Michigan a “right-to-work” state, and quickly passing a number of other contentious bills during their “lame duck” session.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Kim Dennison is a unionized nurse in Lansing.</p><p>“It’s important that legislators know that we did recognize what they did in December as a wrong move, and that we haven’t gone away, and that we expect better from them in the coming year,” Dennison said.</p><p>Calling their protest a “walk of shame,” demonstrators lined walkways leading to entrances to the Capitol. They booed Republicans and cheered Democrats as they entered the building.</p><p>The protests were organized by the same group behind the “right to work” protests last month that drew thousands of people. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 20:36:36 +0000 Jake Neher 10693 at http://michiganradio.org Union members protest in Lansing on first day of new legislative session Lt. Governor signs dozens of bills: Dead bodies, conservation corps, medical pot http://michiganradio.org/post/lt-governor-signs-dozens-bills-dead-bodies-conservation-corps-medical-pot <p>It will soon be illegal in Michigan to discover a dead body and not report it.</p><p>It’s one of more than 50 bills signed this week by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.</p><p>Failing to report a corpse will be a misdemeanor, which can come with up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. It will be a felony to fail to report the body if the intention is to hide the death or its cause.</p><p>Republican state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker sponsored the bill.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 22:22:10 +0000 Jake Neher 10613 at http://michiganradio.org Lt. Governor signs dozens of bills: Dead bodies, conservation corps, medical pot The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-30 <p></p><p>This Week in Michigan Politics, Morning Edition host Christina Shockley and Michigan Radio’s political analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about the end of the lame duck session.</p><p>Lessenberry says “this probably has been the most productive and momentous and game changing lame duck session doing back to the 1960s.”</p><p>Lessenberry says making Michigan a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gov-snyder-signs-right-work-law">right to work state</a> was probably the biggest moment in Michigan politics this year.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:52:16 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 10437 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Stateside: Lame duck concludes, 2013 comes into focus http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-lame-duck-concludes-2013-comes-focus <p>Lansing’s lame duck session has ended, allowing politicians to focus on their 2013 agendas.</p><p>To better understand what both parties will discuss, we heard from Saul Anuzis and Debbie Dingell.</p><p>Anuzis is the former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and Dingell is a Democratic National Committeewoman.</p><p>Dingell expressed concern over the speed with which right-to-work legislation passed.</p><p>“People in Michigan were stunned by many of the bills that passed so quickly without discussion,” said Dingell.</p><p>“The lame duck session every two years is something where a lot of bills move very quickly. I don’t think anybody was surprised…” said Anuzis. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:21:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10425 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Lame duck concludes, 2013 comes into focus Poll: Gov. Snyder's approval rating plummets 28 pts in one month http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-gov-snyders-approval-rating-plummets-28-pts-one-month <p>The polling firm Public Policy Polling found Gov. Snyder's positive poll numbers dropping precipitously.</p><p>PPP is described as a "Democratic-leaning" survey firm, so it's no surprise they wanted to see how Gov. Snyder is faring after passing the controversial 'right-to-work' legislation in the state.</p><p>The firm is comparing their results from data gathered on Gov. Snyder prior to the hullabaloo around the legislature's prolific lame-duck session.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:38:55 +0000 Mark Brush 10421 at http://michiganradio.org Poll: Gov. Snyder's approval rating plummets 28 pts in one month Questions raised on lame-duck concealed weapons bill on Snyder's desk http://michiganradio.org/post/questions-raised-lame-duck-concealed-weapons-bill-snyders-desk <p>Clergy from across the state are expected to rally in Lansing today, and to call on Gov. Snyder to veto legislation that could allow concealed weapons in schools and churches.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/stateside-reconsidering-michigans-proposed-gun-legislation">On Stateside yesterday</a>, MPRN's Rick Pluta said Snyder is getting an earful from those opposed to the legislation. The Governor says he's looking carefully at the legislation.</p><p>Elisha Anderson and Paul Egan of the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121218/NEWS06/312180139/Some-fear-gun-bill-Michigan-Gov-Rick-Snyder-s-desk-could-put-public-schools-risk">Detroit Free Press</a> report the bill is unclear on how schools and other public facilities could keep people from carrying concealed weapons if they wanted to, and that's what is giving the Gov. pause. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:20:08 +0000 Mark Brush 10418 at http://michiganradio.org Questions raised on lame-duck concealed weapons bill on Snyder's desk State Senate approves a plan to phase out tax on industrial and business equipment http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-approves-plan-phase-out-tax-industrial-and-business-equipment <p>The state’s tax on industrial and business equipment is a step closer to being phased out. State lawmakers Thursday sent the measure to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.&nbsp;</p><p>The personal property tax repeal was one of Governor Snyder and Republican state leaders’ top priorities for the lame duck session.</p><p>They say it discourages investment in the state and kills jobs.</p><p>Supporters of the plan say it will reimburse local communities for most or all of the revenue they would lose for services like schools, police, and fire.</p><p>Ari Adler is a spokesperson for state House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall).</p><p>“Many communities rely on the revenue that comes from this tax, and we did not want to leave them in a lurch,” Adler said.</p><p>Opponents like state Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) say the bills do not do enough to make up for those losses.</p><p>“It’s clear locals are going to lose money. Schools are going to lose money. The question is, just how much? And it could be anywhere from $250 million to – what I believe, when fully implemented – closer to $800 million, if there’s no replacement,” Barnett said.</p><p>Michigan voters will be asked to approve the reimbursement plan in August of 2014. If it’s rejected, the state will stop phasing out the tax.</p><p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:09:43 +0000 Jake Neher 10381 at http://michiganradio.org State Senate approves a plan to phase out tax on industrial and business equipment Legislature stays up late, passes flood of lame-duck bills http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-stays-late-passes-flood-lame-duck-bills <p>More than a few Michigan legislators are probably feeling a little fuzzy today, asking themselves the all-important question, “What happened last night?”</p><p>That’s because lawmakers were up until 4:30 a.m. this morning as part of an all-night legislative binge that saw the passage of a bundle of bills.</p><p>And as <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/12/lame_duck_legislature_action_a.html#incart_river_default">MLive reports</a>, not everyone is happy about the way it happened:</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:31:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10376 at http://michiganradio.org Legislature stays up late, passes flood of lame-duck bills Stateside: An unusually active lame duck session http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-unusually-active-lame-duck-session <p>There is an abundance of political action in this year’s lame duck session.</p><p>Bill Ballenger of “Inside Michigan Politics” and Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry spoke with Cyndy about the recent legislature coming out of the Capitol.</p><p>According to Lessenberry there were several reasons for right-to-work being passed.</p><p>“The legislature will be marginally more Democratic next time. Some of the people who were voting are people who aren’t coming back. It was a campaign year and some of the stuff that might have gotten done earlier didn’t get done,” said Lessenberry.</p><p>“Legislators have been working on a lot of these bills for a year and a half,” said Ballenger.</p><p>Ballenger noted the role of partisan politics in the lame duck session. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:36:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10359 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: An unusually active lame duck session The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-29 <p>It has been quite a week in Michigan politics.</p><p>Morning Edition host Christina Shockley and Michigan Radio's political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss what happens now that <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gov-snyder-signs-right-work-law">right to work bills have been signed into law</a> and what other controversial bills are being looked at in the remainder of the lame duck session.</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:40:53 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 10329 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Commentary: What a week! http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-what-week <p>If you were writing a novel about politics, you couldn’t make this up. Last month a Democratic President was re-elected, easily carrying Michigan by almost half a million votes.</p><p>The same day, the state’s voters reelected a liberal Democratic Senator by almost a million votes, and Democrats gained seats in the legislature. Exactly one month to the day later, this same state passed laws destroying the union shop, and making Michigan a right to work state.</p><p>Did I think I would ever see this in my lifetime? Absolutely not. But then, I never counted on a black president, General Motors going bankrupt, or Pontiac going out of business.</p><p>We live in momentous times. And in the Michigan legislature, last week was a time of lawmaking at breathtaking speed. If there has ever been a lame-duck session anything like this one, I certainly don’t know about it.</p><p> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 10266 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: What a week! Michigan Freedom Fund launches TV, radio ads supporting 'right-to-work' http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-freedom-fund-launches-tv-radio-ads-supporting-right-work <p>After an onslaught of TV and radio ads this election season, Michigan residents could be forgiven for hoping they had seen the last of political spots for a while.</p><p>But the ads are back.</p><p>A group calling itself the Michigan Freedom Fund is now running television and radio ads in support of rumored "right-to-work" legislation.</p><p>The nonprofit advocacy group is being run by Greg McNeilly, an employee of Dick DeVos’ investment firm Windquest Group, <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/12/michigan_freedom_fund_runs_rad.html">MLive reports</a>.</p><p>McNeilly was campaign manager for Devos during his gubernatorial campaign and served as executive director of the Michigan Republican Party.</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121205/NEWS15/121205008/Right-to-work-TV-ads-Michigan-Freedom-Fund">The Free Press reports</a> that one of the first TV spots aired last night in the Detroit area.</p><p>Here is a look at the ad: Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:44:17 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10224 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Freedom Fund launches TV, radio ads supporting 'right-to-work' 'Right-to-work' builds momentum in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/right-work-builds-momentum-michigan <p>The question hanging over the state Capitol is whether the Legislature will take up a so-called “right-to-work” bill during its lame duck session.</p><p>Activists on both sides of the issue showed up in force to lobby lawmakers.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A growing chorus of conservatives says this is the moment for Michigan to join 23 other states that have enacted laws to end the closed shop and allow workers to opt out of paying union dues.</p><p>Scott Hagerstrom is with the group Americans for Prosperity, one of the champions of right-to-work.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:07:18 +0000 Rick Pluta 10217 at http://michiganradio.org 'Right-to-work' builds momentum in Michigan State lawmakers committed to passing education overhaul by end of the year http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-committed-passing-education-overhaul-end-year <p>Republican state lawmakers say they are committed to passing an overhaul to public education in the “lame duck” session.</p><p>Opponents of the bills have been ramping up pressure to hold off until next year.</p><p>The bills include the expansion of a state-run district for struggling schools and a measure seeking to increase school choice.</p><p>House Education Committee Chair Lisa Lyons said the legislation can’t wait.</p><p>“We need to allow these schools and parents and students all the time, as much as possible, to transition and to plan for the education that they are going to receive next fall,” Lyons said.</p><p>A coalition of Michigan public school officials says the legislation would strip local control of schools.</p><p>Supporters say too many schools are failing to provide quality education. They say the measures are the best way to turn that around. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 22:54:58 +0000 Jake Neher 10212 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers committed to passing education overhaul by end of the year Lobbyists descend on Lansing in anticipation of right-to-work bill http://michiganradio.org/post/lobbyists-descend-lansing-anticipation-right-work-bill <p>Activists on both sides of the issue are lobbying Lansing lawmakers over a so-called “right-to-work” bill that could be introduced in the lame duck session.</p><p>Tea party activists and union supporters crowded into the halls of the Capitol Tuesday as Republican leaders held talks on whether to take up legislation that would end the closed shop and allow workers to opt out of paying union dues.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder says the issue is not on his agenda – but won’t say what he would do if a bill reaches his desk.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:06:24 +0000 Rick Pluta 10199 at http://michiganradio.org Lobbyists descend on Lansing in anticipation of right-to-work bill Emergency manager law rewrite could spring this week http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-law-rewrite-could-spring-week <p>Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are talking about a possible replacement to the emergency manager law that was rejected by voters nearly a month ago.</p><p>The governor says he’d like to see it done before the Legislature wraps up its “lame duck” session.</p><p>Governor Snyder says a new law would have to respect voters’ decision that the old emergency manager law was too sweeping.&nbsp;</p><p>Under one version being discussed, local governments in financial trouble could ask the state for an emergency manager – otherwise, they would face the prospect of federal bankruptcy.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:18:02 +0000 Rick Pluta 10179 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency manager law rewrite could spring this week Right-to-work rumors dominate lame duck session http://michiganradio.org/post/right-work-rumors-dominate-lame-duck-session <p>The Legislature is wrapping up the first week of its “lame duck” session with lots of things to do – but everyone is wondering if Republicans intend to put “right-to-work” legislation on their end-of-the-year to-do list.</p><p>The halls and lobbies of the Capitol were packed with union members urging the Legislature to not take up a right-to-work bill in the “lame duck” session.</p><p>Additional State Police troopers were called in as a precaution.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder said he would rather see lawmakers focus on things other than right-to-work.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:35:37 +0000 Rick Pluta 10149 at http://michiganradio.org Right-to-work rumors dominate lame duck session