budget plan http://michiganradio.org en Governor's race, budget proposal and farm bill make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/governors-race-budget-proposal-and-farm-bill-make-political-headlines <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-officially-kicks-his-re-election-campaign">governor’s race</a>, Gov. Rick Snyder’s <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/what-will-budget-proposal-tomorrow-mean-k-12-education">budget proposal</a> and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-will-sign-federal-farm-bill-during-friday-visit-michigan-state-university">farm bill.</a></p><p></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:49:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16310 at http://michiganradio.org Governor's race, budget proposal and farm bill make political headlines Next year, the state budget can be defined by what it doesn't include http://michiganradio.org/post/next-year-state-budget-can-be-defined-what-it-doesnt-include <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan almost has a final budget for the next fiscal year, at almost $50 billion dollars.</span></p><p>Lawmakers and Governor Snyder's tentative deadline for completion was June 1, which they didn't quite make, but the budget should be finished this week.</p><p>Chad Livengood, a Lansing reporter for the Detroit News, and Chris Gautz, a Capitol Correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business spoke with Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty about what we can look for in the budget.</p><p>"There's not a lot of big, huge things in it. The governor didn't get everything he wanted -- he didn't get the $1.2 billion more for roads and didn't get authorization to add more to a Medicare expansion," Livengood said.</p><p>Gautz and Livengood&nbsp;identified specific funding changes in the budget, including a huge boost in early childhood education funding.</p><p><em>To hear the full audio, click the link above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:53:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 12856 at http://michiganradio.org Next year, the state budget can be defined by what it doesn't include In this morning's news: Diane Hathaway sentenced, additional funding for schools, weather update http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-diane-hathaway-sentenced-additional-funding-schools-weather-update <p><strong>Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice sentenced to jail time</strong></p><p>“Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway was sentenced to one year and one day in federal custody, for the crime of bank fraud. Federal prosecutors say Diane Hathaway illegally concealed a million dollars in assets, so she could qualify for favorable terms on a short sale of one of her homes in Michigan. The defendant had hoped to avoid prison time,” Michigan Radio's Vincent Duffy <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/former-michigan-supreme-court-justice-hathaway-sentenced-12-months-and-one-day">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>Michigan schools could see increase in state funding</strong></p><p>“Michigan public schools would see more state funding under a budget plan approved by the state House. Every school would see at least a five-dollar per-pupil boost. Schools getting the minimum amount from the state could receive up to 60 dollars more per student. The state Senate is expected to take up the education budget today,” Michigan Radio’s Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Strong winds and funnel clouds cause damage in Michigan</strong></p><p>"The National Weather Service reported several funnel cloud sightings in Michigan last night, including a tornado that landed near Goodrich High School southeast of Flint. No injuries were immediately reported. The weather service says high winds in the same severe thunderstorm system heavily damaged several homes, toppling numerous trees and power lines," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 11:53:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12782 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Diane Hathaway sentenced, additional funding for schools, weather update