In this morning's news: Cuts to DHS, road repairs, right-to-work sanctions
House and Senate plans for Department of Human Services differ
Republicans in the state Senate have approved a budget which would cut about 270 jobs from the Michigan Department of Human Services. This plan contrasts a more drastic budget cut passed by a House subcommittee yesterday which proposes eliminating more than 1,000 jobs from the agency. The Department of Human Services handles things like the state's child welfare, juvenile justice, and food assistance programs.
Governor Snyder hoping for a bipartisan solution to fixing state roads
Governor Rick Snyder is looking to Democrats to help design a bipartisan solution for fixing the state’s roads.
“Republicans control the House and Senate, but have not reached a consensus on how to raise the needed money. The governor says he’s asking Democrats as well as Republicans to put their ideas on the table in hopes of forging a deal,” Rick Pluta reports.
Disagreements over right-to-work sanctions
Sanctions for schools and colleges that ratified new union contracts were not included in state Senate budgets passed yesterday.
“Republicans in the state House want to punish schools for signing long-term contracts that would get around the state’s new right-to-work law. A Senate budget subcommittee on community colleges left the plan out of its recommendation,” reports Jake Neher.