Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta

Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta of Michigan Radio’s "It's Just Politics" joined Stateside to discuss two big stories buzzing around Lansing late last week.

First, the head of the state’s Housing Development Authority, Scott Woosley, resigned after he was accused of wasting more than $200,000 in public funds on lavish travel expenses. This included pricey hotel rooms, massages, and fancy dinners.

At first, Woosley said he would not step down, as he thought the state would just not reimburse him for things that aren't supposed to be covered. 

Second, Aramark, the private company contracted to provide food to Michigan prisons, will not lose its contract, but instead will be fined $200,000 by the state for issues ranging from maggots in the food to employees having sexual relations with the inmates. 

*Listen to the full interview with Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark above. 

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State agencies are helping several homeless folks find a place to live, or temporary shelter, following the closing of a tent city in Ann Arbor.

The Michigan Department of Transportation, or MDOT, released a video on Monday that explains the reason behind the camp closure.

“This is just not something the department can allow for a lot of different reasons,” said Mark Sweeney with MDOT. “Safety - because of the proximity to the freeway, sanitation - because there is no running water…so quite simply, it’s a liability for the state,” he said.

The video also highlights the problem of homeless. State agencies were called on to help relocate some residents. Camp Take Notice organizers said the camp served a purpose and helped people get back on their feet.

Here's MDOT's take on Camp Take Notice:

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Nationwide and in Michigan the rate of foreclosures has slowed a bit in recent months.  But Realty Trac experts say that’s less a sign of a robust housing recovery and more a sign that lenders have become bogged down.  They’re reviewing procedures, resubmitting paperwork and formulating legal arguments related to accusations of improper foreclosure processing, the so-called robo-signing scandal.