2014 state budget http://michiganradio.org en State lawmakers look to patch Medicaid shortfall, say long-term solution critical http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-look-patch-medicaid-shortfall-say-long-term-solution-critical <p>Michigan’s Medicaid program faces a budget shortfall this year of more than $100 million. That’s because a new tax on health insurance claims is not producing as much revenue as state officials expected.</p><p></p><p>This week, the state Senate passed a mid-year budget bill that would patch that hole in the Medicaid budget. That’s the same bill that includes $100 million dollars to help fix and maintain roads being torn apart by nasty winter weather.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:38:51 +0000 Jake Neher 16558 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers look to patch Medicaid shortfall, say long-term solution critical State Senate committee debates snow plowing money, Medicaid expansion http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-committee-debates-snow-plowing-money-medicaid-expansion <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers are considering a mid-year budget bill that would send extra money to state and local governments grappling with higher snowplowing costs.</p><p>The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday talked about spending $100 million more on winter road maintenance.</p><p>Legislators in the current budget put an additional $230 million into a special fund for roads or other "risks." They announced half would fund 103 state and local transportation projects across Michigan.</p><p>Now lawmakers are looking to use all but $15 million of the balance to account for heavier-than-normal snow removal along highways and local roads. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:41:07 +0000 The Associated Press 16489 at http://michiganradio.org State Senate committee debates snow plowing money, Medicaid expansion Snyder gets praise for efforts to put more money into early childhood education http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-gets-praise-efforts-put-more-money-early-childhood-education <p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/2014-state-budget">This week, Governor Rick Snyder made good on his promise</a> to boost preschool spending.</p><p>Today he got a chance to talk to some parents, teachers and school administrators in Grand Rapids about the proposal.</p><p>About a dozen four-year-olds sat in a circle around Gov. Snyder. He read them "Snowmen at Work," a children’s tale about what snowmen do for a living.</p><p>“Are they in school just like you?” Snyder asked the group.&nbsp;<br /><br />"Yeah!” they replied in unison.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:36:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16343 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder gets praise for efforts to put more money into early childhood education Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-feb-6-2014 <p>After years of debate, Congress has sent the almost $1 trillion farm bill to President Obama, and, as usual, opposition to the legislation was a left-right affair. On today's show: Congressman Dan Kildee of Flint joins us to talk about why he voted in favor.</p><p>Then, Michigan Radio’s political commentator Jack Lessenberry explained why fixing Michigan’s voting system may be harder than you think.</p><p>And, medical students are reaching out to provide health care to uninsured people. We spoke with one of these students about free student-run medical clinics.</p><p>And, a new mobile and Web app is providing food for hungry children in Grand Rapids.</p><p>Also, we spoke to an economist from the University of Michigan about the success of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty.</p><p>And, the owner of Stonehedge Fiber Mill in East Jordan, Michigan, joined us today to tell us about how she was approached to provide yarn for the Ralph Lauren Olympic closing ceremonies sweaters.&nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's Thursday, which means it's time for our weekly check-in with Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</span></p><p>He's been going through Gov. Snyder's proposed budget for the new fiscal year and has decided the governor's got something going for him: what President George Herbert Walker Bush called "The Big Mo."</p><p>Daniel Howes joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:56:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 16339 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 Daniel Howes on Snyder's new state budget http://michiganradio.org/post/daniel-howes-snyders-new-state-budget <p></p><p>It's Thursday, which means it's time for our weekly check-in with Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p>He's been going through Gov. Snyder's proposed budget for the new fiscal year and has decided the governor's got something going for him: what President George Herbert Walker Bush called "The Big Mo."</p><p>Daniel Howes joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:52:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 16331 at http://michiganradio.org Daniel Howes on Snyder's new state budget Snyder's budget seems to get better reviews from Democrats than Republicans http://michiganradio.org/post/snyders-budget-seems-get-better-reviews-democrats-republicans <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Here’s some pretty safe advice: If you go to a party and see someone who looks interesting, try not to say,</span></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">"Have you studied the details of Gov. Snyder’s latest state budget proposal?"</span></em></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Unless you are with a bunch of politicians in Lansing, it's a pretty sure bet that you’ll end up talking to the potato chips.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Gov. Snyder’s budget is interesting, however, in a number of ways. There are two important things to remember, however. First, this is clearly the budget of a politician running for reelection.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:16:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16328 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder's budget seems to get better reviews from Democrats than Republicans Gov. Snyder reveals new state budget http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-reveals-new-state-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Snyder has delivered his budget proposal for fiscal year 2015.<br /><br />The $52 billion budget calls for a small increase to maintain the state's roads and bridges, increases in education funding, and a plan to restore an income tax credit to some homeowners.</span></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rick Snyder has delivered his budget proposal for fiscal year 2015.<br /><br />The $52 billion budget calls for a small increase to maintain the state's roads and bridges, increases in education funding, and a plan to restore an income tax credit to some homeowners.</span></p><p>We spoke with Chris Gautz, Capitol correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business and Jonathan Oosting, Capitol reporter for&nbsp;MLive. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:28:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 16324 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder reveals new state budget Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-feb-4-2014 <div><p>As Detroit continues the process of bankruptcy, there's lots of talk about turning over a new leaf in the city, a rejuvenation. But headlines have recently turned to the legal troubles of City Councilman George Cushingberry. On today's show: Can Detroit change its image if there are still leaders courting controversy?</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we spoke to an artist who's trying to change the way we think about abortion and issues of contraception through art.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e want everything modern medicine can offer, but as taxpayers we want health care costs controlled. Is there a way</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;we achieve both goals?</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First on the show, a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Gov. Snyder prepares to reveal his 2014-15 budget tomorrow morning, there will be many eyes fixed on how much he proposes to put into K-12 education.</span><br />&nbsp;</div><p>In the “Comeback Kid” Snyder campaign ad unveiled during the Super Bowl, amidst the talk of jobs was the claim “education funding’s up”. Yet many of his critics claim the governor cut $1 billion from K-12 education.</p><p>So what’s the truth about education funding? And what should we expect to see for schools in the about-to-be released budget?</p><p>Detroit Free Press Lansing reporter Paul Egan joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:31:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 16302 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 A review of Gov. Snyder's State of the State address http://michiganradio.org/post/review-gov-snyders-state-state-address <p></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder gave his fourth State of the State address, Thursday night. In a speech covering a wide range of topics, he spent a lot of time focusing on his accomplishments and gave a broad overview of what he hopes to accomplish in 2014.</p><p>Joining us to take a closer look are Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants and Zoe Clark, co-host of It's Just Politics on Michigan Radio.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16074 at http://michiganradio.org A review of Gov. Snyder's State of the State address Budget surplus causes debate in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/budget-surplus-causes-debate-lansing <p>A pleasant problem occupies the minds in Lansing today: What should be done with a projected surplus of $971 million?</p><p>As one might expect, there is no shortage of debate surrounding what should be done with the windfall.&nbsp;</p><div>We're joined by Chris Gautz, Capitol correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business, and Jonathan Oosting, MLive's Lansing reporter. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:10:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 16000 at http://michiganradio.org Budget surplus causes debate in Lansing 5 things to know about Michigan Legislature in 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/5-things-know-about-michigan-legislature-2014 <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Legislature formally kicked off 2014 with no heavy lifting. But voting could occur this week, when lawmakers also gather to hear Governor Rick Snyder's annual State of the State speech.<br /><br />Budget work will dominate the first half of the year. Legislators have nearly $1 billion more to work with than expected, and one priority is spending more on road upkeep without raising taxes.<br /><br />Lawmakers also are talking up an election-year tax cut, perhaps in the state income tax.<br /> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:10:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15982 at http://michiganradio.org 5 things to know about Michigan Legislature in 2014 What to do with Michigan's projected budget surplus? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-do-michigans-projected-budget-surplus <p></p><p>Each week we take a look at what’s happening in Michigan politics with Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.&nbsp;</p><p>The state legislature is back to work, and as Sikkema predicted last year, talks are swirling around what to do with the state’s projected budget surplus. Estimates are putting it at about $500 million. What should be done with the money?</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15961 at http://michiganradio.org What to do with Michigan's projected budget surplus? Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years http://michiganradio.org/post/budget-experts-predict-extra-11-billion-state-government-revenues-over-3-years <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan legislative budget experts say state government is taking in hundreds of millions of dollars more than expected eight months ago.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.house.mi.gov/hfa/PDF/Revenue_Forecast/EconomicOutlook_Revenue_Estimates_Jan14.pdf">A report released Tuesday from the House Fiscal Agency</a> in Lansing estimates Michigan collected $433 million more than projected in the last budget year and will collect about $327 million more this year.<br /> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:53:31 +0000 The Associated Press 15926 at http://michiganradio.org Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years