house committee http://michiganradio.org en Michigan is closer to putting money down for Detroit's "grand bargain" http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-closer-putting-money-down-detroits-grand-bargain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan has taken a big step closer to putting money down on the table of Detroit's "grand bargain."</span></p><p>The newly formed House Committee on Detroit's Recovery and Michigan's Future approved an $11 billion package that would see the state send $194.8 million dollars to Detroit. And it would create a panel to oversee city finances for at least 13 years. The aid package now goes to the full House.&nbsp;</p><p>We were joined by the chair of that House committee. State Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:14:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 17717 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan is closer to putting money down for Detroit's "grand bargain" Blue Cross changes approved without abortion provision http://michiganradio.org/post/blue-cross-changes-approved-without-abortion-provision <p>LANSING, Mich. (<span class="il">AP</span>) - A state House committee has approved bills to overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, leaving out anti-abortion provisions that torpedoed an earlier effort to change the status of the state's largest insurer.</p><p>Bills headed to the House don't include language to prevent insurers and businesses from providing elective abortion coverage in employee health plans.</p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a similar bill less than two months ago over last-minute abortion provisions.</p><p>Some lawmakers discussed restoring abortion restrictions.<br><br>The proposed overhaul seeks to modernize but not sell Blue Cross, which is governed by a separate law from other insurers and waits longer for its rate changes to be reviewed.</p><p>Before Thursday's 11-0 vote, senior advocates testified about concerns that costs will rise because of the legislation. Three Democrats abstained from voting. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:15:56 +0000 The Associated Press 11351 at http://michiganradio.org Blue Cross changes approved without abortion provision At 'English-only' hearing, Rep. Conyers delivers his statement in Spanish http://michiganradio.org/post/english-only-hearing-rep-conyers-delivers-his-statement-spanish <p>It was a controversial hearing to begin with. Yesterday, a House subcommittee was looking into <a href="http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h997/show">a bill that would make English the official language</a> of the United States and require that government functions like naturalization ceremonies be conducted in English.</p><p>Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan was not a fan, so he decided to deliver his opening statement in Spanish.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksEcOZTLvFw</p><p>First he thanked the chairman, then he proceeded to assail the measure.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:44:02 +0000 NPR.org 8535 at http://michiganradio.org At 'English-only' hearing, Rep. Conyers delivers his statement in Spanish Rep. Fred Upton to chair powerful Congressional committee http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-fred-upton-chair-powerful-congressional-committee <p>Michigan Republican Congressman <a href="http://upton.house.gov/">Fred Upton</a> of St. Joseph will head the <a href="http://energycommerce.house.gov/">House Energy and Commerce Committee</a> in the next legislative session. The GOP won control of the House of Representatives in the November election.</p><p>The House Republican Steering Committee made the announcement yesterday.</p><p>As The Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101208/NEWS15/12080365/Fred-Upton-poised-to-lead-powerful-U.S.-House-committee#ixzz17WDNE8Dd">explains</a>, the committee, "oversees energy policy, automobile regulations, health care, food safety and more."</p><p>In a <a href="http://upton.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=217052">statement</a> released yesterday, Upton said:</p><blockquote><p><font class="middlecopy">I look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with Speaker Boehner, Leader Cantor, Whip McCarthy and the entire Republican Conference as we repeal Obamacare, fight rampant job-killing regulations, cut spending, and help put folks back to work.&nbsp; </font></p></blockquote><p><font class="middlecopy">Upton has served on the committee since 1991.</font> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 11:39:36 +0000 Zoe Clark 497 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Fred Upton to chair powerful Congressional committee