Michigan House Speaker http://michiganradio.org en Why Michigan's roads are so bad... and what we can do about it http://michiganradio.org/post/why-michigans-roads-are-so-bad-and-what-we-can-do-about-it <p></p><p>I travel to Toledo once a week, and if you make that trip, you know how wretched the roads are in some places.</p><p>The governor does too. For two years, he’s been trying to get the legislature to come up with new money to pay for the roads. Unfortunately, I can now report that our lawmakers have gone from doing nothing about Medicaid to doing nothing about the roads, unless moaning and finger-pointing count.</p><p>Yesterday, the Gongwer News Service produced a story which said there was finally optimism something would happen. Unfortunately, there was little evidence of it.</p><p>It did quote Speaker of the House Jase Bolger literally whining, “It is true the House Democrats have failed to offer any solutions for transportation funding, but that is par for the course.” The Speaker&nbsp;&nbsp;added, “Some people might get the idea that Democrats would rather complain than cooperate.”</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:13:22 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13893 at http://michiganradio.org Why Michigan's roads are so bad... and what we can do about it Bolger considers adding sexual orientation to civil rights law http://michiganradio.org/post/bolger-considers-adding-sexual-orientation-civil-rights-law <p align="LEFT">Michigan State House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) could be opening the door to extending civil rights protections to gays and lesbians. That would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation in areas such as employment and housing.</p><p align="LEFT">The state's civil rights act protects a variety of groups from discrimination. It includes protections for categories like race and age, but sexual orientation has yet to be included.</p><p align="LEFT"> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:58:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13043 at http://michiganradio.org Bolger considers adding sexual orientation to civil rights law