Tim Greimel http://michiganradio.org en The most radically right-wing state Legislature in living memory http://michiganradio.org/post/most-radically-right-wing-state-legislature-living-memory <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yesterday, the Democratic leader in the Statehouse held a news conference that convinced me his party is basically decent and civilized. And if they keep it up, they are going to lose next year’s &nbsp;elections.</span></p><p>Here’s what I am talking about. Over the past three years, Republicans have been doing things that once would have caused people to march on Lansing with pitchforks.</p><p>They have rammed through Right to Work. Cut and starved higher education, and did their best to undermine public elementary and secondary schools as well. Within the last week, the Republican majority enacted a new law forbidding insurance companies from automatically writing policies that protect women’s right to have an abortion in the case of rape, incest or a dangerous pregnancy.&nbsp;</p><p>They passed a bill doubling the amount fat cats can openly give to political campaigns. Worse, the same law says special interest groups can secretly spend unlimited amounts on so-called “issue-oriented ads,” taking away any accountability in campaign spending.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:49:53 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15744 at http://michiganradio.org The most radically right-wing state Legislature in living memory Lawmaker wants to raise state sales tax to help students pay for college http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmaker-wants-raise-state-sales-tax-help-students-pay-college <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Many Michigan students would pay little to no money for in-state college tuition under a proposal in Lansing. State Representative Vicki Barnett&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">(D-Farmington Hills)&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">wants to raise the state’s sales tax by one percent to pay for the plan.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Barnett talked about the proposal on the Michigan Public Television program “Off the Record.”</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;">“People are recognizing that we need to find a way to make sure that all of our kids who graduate high school who want to go on and get a higher educational degree have the opportunity to do so without having the weight and burden of student loans carrying them down,” Barnett said.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Besides helping students gain access to higher education, she says it would also help attract employers.</span></p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:14:30 +0000 Jake Neher 13826 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmaker wants to raise state sales tax to help students pay for college Commentary: Women's health and the Democrats http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-womens-health-and-democrats <p>Democrats did something unusual yesterday. They came out with some new ideas and announced a package of things and innovative reforms they are for, rather than against.</p><p>The subject was mainly women’s health care, and for once, the party seems united around a well-thought out package of bills. Tim Griemel, who is still finding his voice as House Minority Leader, told a press conference “when a woman doesn’t get the health care she needs when she is pregnant, it isn’t just her own health that’s at stake. When a woman can’t get the care she needs after a violent attack, everyone who loves and supports her suffers along with her.”</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 12:53:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12553 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Women's health and the Democrats Couples counseling for GOP House Speaker Jase Bolger and Dem. Leader Tim Greimel http://michiganradio.org/post/couples-counseling-gop-house-speaker-jase-bolger-and-dem-leader-tim-greimel <p>Welcome to our “Anatomy of a Kerfuffle” edition of&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/topic/its-just-politics">It’s Just Politics</a>." This week: a throw-down between Republican state House Speaker Jase Bolger and state House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel. It culminated in the speaker yanking eight Democrats off their legislative committees. This was a big deal, a really unprecedented move and a classic example of the principle: it is better to be feared than loved.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 17:28:12 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 12404 at http://michiganradio.org Couples counseling for GOP House Speaker Jase Bolger and Dem. Leader Tim Greimel