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Stateside 2.13.2018

Feb 13, 2018

Today on Stateside, we hear how uncertainty over their status is taking a toll for Michigan "DREAMers." And, Michigan hospitals push back against bills to set nurse-to-patient ratio and mandatory overtime.

State capitol
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The Michigan House passed a bill along party lines last week that would change how state courts deal with asbestos-related cancer cases.

Supporters of the Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims Transparency Act would prevent “double-dipping” among some plaintiffs. Currently, victims of asbestos exposure can file claims in state courts against solvent asbestos companies, and an asbestos bankruptcy trust for insolvent companies.

wind turbines in a field
Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

Wind and solar groups are launching a ballot initiative to require electric utilities to use 30% renewable sources by 2030.

The state's current mandate is 15% by 2022.

Campaign manager John Freeman says Michigan can do a lot better than 15%. He says the cost of renewables is cheaper than natural gas or coal.

"So everybody will save money," says Freeman, "and plus, we get the added benefits of having much cleaner air because solar and wind don't produce any pollution."

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Michigan's no-fault auto insurance law is seen as the "gold standard" in this country in terms of medical care for drivers badly hurt in a car accident.

Michigan also has the highest insurance costs in the nation, and although various fixes have been floated through the years, nothing gets traction in the state legislature.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

Some Democratic state lawmakers are laying out what they want in new legislation aimed at addressing the problem of sexual assault on college campuses.

Did Governor Rick Snyder intend to name an anti-gay activist to the state civil rights commission? Or is this one that just slipped past him?

Democrats and Republicans are asking, “What was he thinking?”

Snyder seems to have rekindled the fight over LGBT rights in Michigan with his appointment of Ira Combs to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.

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Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Gov. Rick Snyder presented his final budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year to the House and Senate this week. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle found things they did and didn't like about the governor's spending plan, which includes increased spending for roads and education.

This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about what else stood out in Snyder's budget.


Stateside 2.9.2018

Feb 9, 2018

Today on Stateside, a longtime Republican joins the board of Voters Not Politicians despite opposition from his Republican friends. Then, in the state of Maine, a Nestle Waters manager is appointed to a board that rewrites environmental rules. Could we see that in Michigan? And, we've got a new Artisan of Michigan: a sign painter.

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The big news out of Lansing this week was Governor Rick Snyder’s eighth and final budget. His proposed budget for the fiscal year of 2019 is $56.8 billion, a slight increase from 2018’s budget.

Vicki Barnett, former mayor of Farmington Hills and Democratic legislator, and Ken Sikkema, senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants and former Republican legislative leader, joined Stateside to talk about the budget proposal. 

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Oakland County's L. Brooks Patterson, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and Wayne County's Warren Evans at an event in January.
Detroit Economic Club / via Twitter

With a few words during his annual State of the County address Wednesday night, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson appeared to doom an effort to revive a regional transit plan for metro Detroit.

 

Michigan State University
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Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes believes one result of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal should be to reform the way trustees are chosen to govern Michigan State, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.

“We’re the only state in the country that elects the trustees to our three major universities on a statewide, partisan ballot,” he said.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Gov. Snyder wants the public to turn up the heat on state lawmakers over road funding.

At a Michigan Department of Transportation facility in Oakland County Thursday, Snyder said his push is partly about the entire 2019 budget he proposed this week. It has an additional $150 million for infrastructure projects.

But Snyder also wants to bring in another $175 million of what he calls some “one-time” supplemental money that’s already elsewhere in the budget to pay for some additional projects sooner.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor says Michigan’s Capitol City is in a “good place.”

Schor delivered his first State of the City address Wednesday. He took office January 1. 

Schor talked about new efforts to improve Lansing public schools, better connect with city neighborhoods, and promote arts and culture.  

But the mayor says infrastructure, especially crumbling city streets, is a problem.

“We’re going to spend what we have,” says Schor, “but what we have is not enough to fix all the roads.”

Bills would amend state Do Not Resuscitate laws

Feb 7, 2018
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Parents of a child with a terminal illness would be able to place a Do Not Resuscitate order on file at the child's school, under a package of recently introduced bills (SB 784, SB 785, SB 786).

Stateside 2.7.2018

Feb 7, 2018

Today on Stateside, we discuss the last budget Gov. Snyder will present to the state legislature. And, three high schoolers talk about what it's like to be young women of color these days.

michigan state capitol
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Governor Snyder today presented his eighth and final budget to the state legislature.

Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News Service joined Stateside from Lansing to explain what jumps out at him most in the governor’s budget.

Michigan State University sign
Wikimedia Commons / public domain

Michigan State University's interim president and former Gov. John Engler has appointed an interim athletic director and said that no candidates from MSU would be considered for the permanent job. He has also ordered MSU staff to preserve anything that could be evidence for various sexual assault investigations.

Rashida Tlaib
Rashida Tlaib for Congress / via Facebook

When Congressman John Conyers was forced to step down last December in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations, some political observers predicted there would be a crowd vying to replace him.

They were right.

Already, seven people have announced they’re exploring bids to fill Conyers’ seat in Michigan’s 13th Congressional district, which includes a large chunk of Detroit and some surrounding suburbs.

Stateside 2.6.2018

Feb 6, 2018

Today on Stateside, we hear why some believe a gubernatorial appointment is the "cleanest way" to ensure accountability in university trustees. And, we learn there could eventually be ships without captains on the Great Lakes.

Michigan State University sign
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

The Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal resulted in a tidal wave of criticism aimed at, among others, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

There's a growing movement to change the way we choose the trustees for Michigan State, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.

Detroit Economic Club / via Twitter

Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters says former Republican Governor John Engler might not be the right person to lead Michigan State University right now.

Peters made the comments after addressing the Detroit Economic Club Monday, where his speech focused on Michigan’s future as a center of development for autonomous vehicles, and the artificial intelligence capabilities they promise.

Abdul El-Sayed’s did not have a good week. And it’s not looking like it’s going to get better any time soon.

El-Sayed has captured the imagination of progressives who think he can bring a liberal agenda to Lansing and become the nation’s first Muslim-American governor. This past weekend, at a Democratic forum for Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates in Washtenaw County, there was a throng of excited folks all waiting to talk to him.

Plaque on the door of the MSU Board of Trustees
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

State Attorney General Bill Schuette wants the governor to be in charge of appointing board members at Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. Board members at those schools are currently chosen through statewide elections.

This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss Schuette's call to eliminate the elections, which comes as MSU's board faces public scrutiny over its response to the Larry Nassar scandal. 


Stateside 2.2.2018

Feb 2, 2018

Today on Stateside, we discuss what's recyclable and what's not in Michigan. And, we hear how the Nassar scandal raises questions for MSU alumni, parents, and prospective students. Also today, we cheers to Groundhog Day with the Saw His Shadow.

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The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has appointed former Governor John Engler as interim president of the university. That’s after Lou Anna Simon resigned in the wake of the scandal over MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulting girls and women for decades.

Bridge Magazine published an article reporting that Engler was dismissive of sexual assault claims by women in Michigan prisons while he was governor.

Tamekia Ashford / Detroit Health Department

The Abdul El-Sayed campaign for governor is alleging that there are racist motivations behind questioning whether he is eligible for office because he lived outside the state and was registered to vote in another state.

Lindsey Scullen / Michigan Radio

Gov. Rick Snyder was in Dundee today talking about expanding recycling, which got us thinking: do you know what you can and can’t recycle in Michigan?

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

Officials with the company hired to oversee Flint's lead pipe replacement program met with city residents Thursday night.

Last November, the city hired Los Angeles-based AECOM to oversee the project to replace thousands of lead service lines connecting homes to city water mains. The international engineering firm is being paid $5 million dollars. 

Thursday night, top executives delivered a broad outline of their plans.

Stateside 1.31.2018

Jan 31, 2018

Today on Stateside, candidate Abdul El-Sayed fights recent uncertainty about his eligibility to run for governor. And, columnist Daniel Howes says Trump's State of the Union comments about the auto industry were "directionally correct," but lacked nuance and detail. Also today, we hear how museum intrigue nearly sent the original Wright brothers plane to Michigan.

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President Trump's first State of the Union speech touched on Detroit’s auto industry. The president said that he “halted government mandates,” and his actions would “get the Motor City revving its engines once again.”

Daniel Howes, business columnist for The Detroit News, joined Stateside to talk about the truth of these claims and the landscape of the U.S. auto industry.  

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