Politics & Government
9:00 am
Sat February 16, 2013

The week in review

Week in review interview for 2/16/13

This week in review Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss Detroit’s State of the City address, lawmakers conversation about abortions and Viagra coverage in Senate health plans, and the removal of Pure Michigan right to work ads.

Detroit mayor Dave Bing delivered his State of the City address Wednesday night. The mayor focused on the positive things that have happened in Detroit during his tenure. Lessenberry says Mayor Bing did mention the chance of a state takeover during his speech.

“I think it’s very poignant. He says that no emergency manager has been named to date. But I think it’s pretty clear that he as well as almost everybody else realize one’s probably coming.”

In Lansing news, after the state Senate voted to eliminate abortion coverage from the senate’s medical plan, Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer took offense. She said her colleagues should eliminate Viagra, too. That drew this response from Senator Rick Jones who said he’d be okay with that. In fact, he wants to eliminate the Senate’s health care coverage all together.

Lessenberry says the chances of Viagra being taken out of the Senate’s medical plan are very low. He adds that this issue mainly concerns Senate staff members, in which there are many more women covered under the senate health plan.

In other Lansing news, the Pure Michigan right to work ads have been suspended by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. This comes after controversy surrounding a full page ad that appeared in the Wall Street Journal in January touting the new right to work law as “Pure Michigan.”