government http://wkar.org en WATCH NOW: Michigan Calling with Mark Schauer http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-michigan-calling-mark-schauer <div><strong>Fri. July 11 at 9 AM</strong> | Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer takes questions from a &nbsp;statewide public radio audience.<br /><br /> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:08:39 +0000 MICHIGAN CALLING 56556 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: Michigan Calling with Mark Schauer ‘Michigan Calling’ Series Kicks Off with Mark Schauer http://wkar.org/post/michigan-calling-series-kicks-mark-schauer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Friday, July 11, at 9am on 90.5 FM and <a href="http://wkar.org/live-webcast-wkar-michigan-calling-michigan-gubernatorial-candidates">LIVE VIDEO WEBCAST</a>.</strong> | </span>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Schauer</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes questions from a &nbsp;statewide public radio audience. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:48:29 +0000 Editor 56496 at http://wkar.org ‘Michigan Calling’ Series Kicks Off with Mark Schauer Peters: Still no response from Land about senate debates http://wkar.org/post/peters-still-no-response-land-about-senate-debates <p></p><p></p><p>It’s been four weeks since <a href="http://peters.house.gov/" target="_blank">Democratic Congressman Gary Peters</a> proposed a series of five debates with his opponent in the race for the U.S. Senate from Michigan. He will (likely) face former <a href="http://terrilynnland.com/" target="_blank">Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land</a> in November. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:02:49 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56425 at http://wkar.org Peters: Still no response from Land about senate debates Mackinac wrap-up: Land/Peters, Detroit, LGBT rights http://wkar.org/post/mackinac-wrap-landpeters-detroit-lgbt-rights <p></p><div><p>The 2014<a href="http://www.detroitchamber.com/ai1ec_event/2014-mackinac-policy-conference/" target="_blank"> Detroit Regional Chamber Conference </a>on Mackinac Island is winding down. The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta has been there for the duration and he provides us with a recap of what has been a fairly eventful conference. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:08:02 +0000 Current State 54483 at http://wkar.org Mackinac wrap-up: Land/Peters, Detroit, LGBT rights Michigan's iron man: Congressman Dingell on 58 years in D.C. http://wkar.org/post/michigans-iron-man-congressman-dingell-58-years-dc <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://dingell.house.gov/" target="_blank">Congressman John Dingell</a> holds the record as America’s longest serving elected official, representing Michigan’s 12th district&nbsp;since 1955. He has served 21,000 days during which he cast 25,000 votes, alongside 11 U.S. Presidents.&nbsp; Thu, 29 May 2014 18:32:18 +0000 Mark Bashore 54418 at http://wkar.org Michigan's iron man: Congressman Dingell on 58 years in D.C. Capitol Update: Revenue, Detroit bankruptcy and minimum wage http://wkar.org/post/capitol-update-revenue-detroit-bankruptcy-and-minimum-wage <p></p><p></p><p>At the state capitol yesterday, Michigan’s latest set of revenue estimates were unveiled. It’s an important twice-a-year gathering with often serious implications for state government spending, budgets and taxes. Thu, 15 May 2014 17:39:11 +0000 Mark Bashore & Rick Pluta 53737 at http://wkar.org Capitol Update: Revenue, Detroit bankruptcy and minimum wage Michigan looks to attract foreign investment through immigrants http://wkar.org/post/michigan-looks-attract-foreign-investment-through-immigrants <p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this year in his State of the State address, Governor Rick Snyder emphasized&nbsp; his administration’s desire to increase immigration to Michigan. Recently, state officials got news that could move the state closer to that goal. Last month, federal customs officials approved the state’s application to launch an initiative that could attract more foreign investment and workers to the state. Thu, 01 May 2014 17:43:54 +0000 Mark Bashore 53047 at http://wkar.org Michigan looks to attract foreign investment through immigrants Month in Review: March's biggest news stories http://wkar.org/post/month-review-marchs-biggest-news-stories <p></p><p>At the end of every calendar month,<em> Current State</em> hosts its regular reporter roundtable to review the biggest stories of that month. <em>Current State</em> looked back at the drop out of a shoe-in, the unresolved gay marriage issue, the bumps facing road funding and the contest for Attorney General in Michigan. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:10:19 +0000 Mark Bashore 51455 at http://wkar.org Month in Review: March's biggest news stories E-cigarettes present new options, problems for lawmakers, smokers http://wkar.org/post/e-cigarettes-present-new-options-problems-lawmakers-smokers <p></p><p>One of the issues being considered at the<a href="http://mi.gov/"> state capitol </a>in recent weeks is the regulation of e-cigarettes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat up a liquified nicotine solution. That produces a vapor rather than the smoke from tobacco cigarettes. Users call this “vaping” as opposed to smoking.</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:59:36 +0000 Scott Pohl 51457 at http://wkar.org E-cigarettes present new options, problems for lawmakers, smokers Who's next? Mike Rogers' departure triggers speculation among Dems, GOP http://wkar.org/post/whos-next-mike-rogers-departure-triggers-speculation-among-dems-gop <div><div><div><div><div><div><p></p><p><a href="https://mikerogers.house.gov/">Mike Rogers</a>, U.S. representative of our 8th district in East Lansing, says he will not seek reelection after his term ends this year. He made the announcement official on a Detroit radio station, and said that he has been invited regularly to talk about national security issues on T.V. and radio. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:24:29 +0000 Mark Bashore 51357 at http://wkar.org Who's next? Mike Rogers' departure triggers speculation among Dems, GOP 'Storming the Hill' to stem veteran suicides http://wkar.org/post/storming-hill-stem-veteran-suicides <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">All this week, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been in Washington D.C. to lobby for <a href="http://media.iava.org/IAVACampaigntoCombatSuicideWhitePaper.pdf">legislation </a>aimed at reducing the numbers of veteran suicides.</span> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:58:23 +0000 Scott Pohl 51284 at http://wkar.org 'Storming the Hill' to stem veteran suicides Council Member Wood says Lansing budget should 'impact quality of life' http://wkar.org/post/council-member-wood-says-lansing-budget-should-impact-quality-life <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">After close to 10 years in office, Lansing Mayor <a href="http://www.votevirg.com/meet-virg.php">Virg Bernero</a> enjoyed a first last night: &nbsp;The chance to submit a city budget plan with a surplus. </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Despite being slightly in the black for fiscal year 2015, Bernero describes his $18 million spending plan as conservative and cautious.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:30:13 +0000 Mark Bashore 51172 at http://wkar.org Council Member Wood says Lansing budget should 'impact quality of life' Gay marriage in Michigan in legal limbo http://wkar.org/post/gay-marriage-michigan-legal-limbo <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legal status of same-sex marriage here in Michigan was taken for quite the ride over the weekend.&nbsp;Late Friday afternoon, Federal District Judge Bernard Friedman declared Michigan’s 2004 ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. By Saturday afternoon, the clerks in four Michigan counties – </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Muskegon, Oakland and Ingham – issued hundreds of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Michigan Attorney General <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag">Bill </a></span><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag">Schuette’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> request to put the ruling on hold was granted by the </span>6th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. That temporary hold lasts until Wednesday.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:39:47 +0000 Joe Linstroth 51112 at http://wkar.org Gay marriage in Michigan in legal limbo A busy week at the Capitol: Sorting through scrap metal, EAA, balanced budget convention http://wkar.org/post/busy-week-capitol-sorting-through-scrap-metal-eaa-balanced-budget-convention <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-df9a928c-e4b2-9e06-e811-ddd21061b41b" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The bill to expand the <a href="http://michigan.gov/eaa">Education Achievement Authority</a> narrowly passed, 56-54, in the House. It wasn’t looking good, but they made some changes that got enough votes. </span> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:40:05 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 51000 at http://wkar.org A busy week at the Capitol: Sorting through scrap metal, EAA, balanced budget convention GM under scrutiny after botched recall http://wkar.org/post/gm-under-scrutiny-after-botched-recall <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">General Motors officials continue efforts to navigate the fallout from its delayed recall of 1.6-million vehicles with faulty ignition switches. </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The flaw, which has been linked to 31 crashes and 12 deaths, has been traced to vehicles made as long ago as 2001. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:53:12 +0000 Mark Bashore 50939 at http://wkar.org GM under scrutiny after botched recall Neighbors in Action: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-volunteer-income-tax-assistance-program <p>It’s Wednesday and time for our <em>Neighbors in Action</em> segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature two services from the <a href="http://www.micauw.org/">Capital Area United Way</a>: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and their &nbsp;2-1-1 support line.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:33:25 +0000 Joe Linstroth 50887 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Lack of transparency, data drive opposition to EAA expansion http://wkar.org/post/lack-transparency-data-drive-opposition-eaa-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2011, the state created a school reform district called the </span><a href="http://michigan.gov/eaa" style="line-height: 1.5;">Education Achievement Authority</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, or </span>EAA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, to turn around the state’s lowest ranking schools. In its first year in operation during the 2012-13 school year, the </span>EAA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took control of 15 priority schools in Detroit. The results have been mixed at best, as the </span>EAA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been plagued with declining enrollment, insufficient funding, and accusations of ineffectiveness and unsafe conditions.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:30:33 +0000 Current State 49480 at http://wkar.org Lack of transparency, data drive opposition to EAA expansion State proposes local control of backyard livestock http://wkar.org/post/state-proposes-local-control-backyard-livestock <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An important debate over urban farming in Michigan continues today in Lansing. Officials from the </span><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdard" style="line-height: 1.5;">Department of Agriculture and Rural Development </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and others will discuss </span><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1599_1605---,00.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">proposed rule changes</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> governing farm animals in developed, residential areas.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:51:05 +0000 Current State 49265 at http://wkar.org State proposes local control of backyard livestock Proposal seeks return to part-time legislature http://wkar.org/post/proposal-seeks-return-part-time-legislature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Norman </span>Kammeraad<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a West Michigan business owner who chairs the </span><a href="http://parttimemi.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The group is calling for a two-month legislative session with salaries of $35,000.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:07:23 +0000 Current State 48928 at http://wkar.org Proposal seeks return to part-time legislature SIDEBAR: A look at Georgia's part-time legislature http://wkar.org/post/sidebar-look-georgias-part-time-legislature <p>If governing nearly 10-million people with a legislature that meets for just two months sounds impossible, take a trip down Interstate 75 and spend some time in the Peach State.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:06:04 +0000 Current State 48929 at http://wkar.org SIDEBAR: A look at Georgia's part-time legislature Congressman Rogers: State of the Union lacked substance http://wkar.org/post/congressman-rogers-state-union-lacked-substance <p></p><p></p><p>President Obama shared his priorities for the new year last night in his sixth <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/">State of the Union</a> address.&nbsp; Among those goals:&nbsp; narrowing the country’s income gap, in part by raising the minimum wage for federal contract employees; immigration reform; and an expansion of employee retirement savings plans. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Current State 48605 at http://wkar.org Congressman Rogers: State of the Union lacked substance Senator Levin talks spending: unemployment insurance, FRIB http://wkar.org/post/senator-levin-talks-spending-unemployment-insurance-frib <p></p><p></p><p>Host Mark Bashore spoke with U.S. Senator<a href="http://www.levin.senate.gov/"> Carl Levin</a> about a variety of topics today on <em>Current State</em>. They began with a look at yesterday’s failure to hammer out an extension of benefits for over a million long-term unemployed Americans. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:46:17 +0000 Current State 48005 at http://wkar.org Senator Levin talks spending: unemployment insurance, FRIB Budget surplus, education top 2014 legislative agenda http://wkar.org/post/budget-surplus-education-top-2014-legislative-agenda <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://michigan.gov/">Michigan</a> legislature has begun its election year session. The body will reconsider unfinished business from 2013 including an expansion of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57738_57679_57726-261612--,00.html">Education Achievement Authority</a> and road funding. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:08:16 +0000 Current State 47748 at http://wkar.org Budget surplus, education top 2014 legislative agenda Right to Work, one year later http://wkar.org/post/right-work-one-year-later <p></p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">It’s now been a year since Michigan’s controversial right-to-work measure was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder. &nbsp;The law, which formally took effect last March, made it illegal to require that employees join a union as a condition of employment.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:58:35 +0000 Current State 46603 at http://wkar.org Right to Work, one year later House Dem leader Greimel on year-end legislative push http://wkar.org/post/house-dem-leader-greimel-year-end-legislative-push <p></p><p></p><p>The last day of the Michigan legislature’s 2013 session is scheduled to be tomorrow.&nbsp; That’s ramped up efforts by majority Republicans to pass several proposals generating a lot of debate. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:27:25 +0000 Current State 46520 at http://wkar.org House Dem leader Greimel on year-end legislative push Michigan legislators join national push for Constitutional Convention http://wkar.org/post/michigan-legislators-join-national-push-constitutional-convention <p>On Saturday, state lawmakers from around the country will meet at Mount Vernon to discuss how they can push for a new constitutional convention. Their primary goal is to pass and ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:55:57 +0000 Current State 46305 at http://wkar.org Michigan legislators join national push for Constitutional Convention Stabenow bill would strengthen mental health coverage http://wkar.org/post/stabenow-bill-would-strengthen-mental-health-coverage <p></p><p>Earlier this year, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced a bill proponents say would better serve Americans with mental disorders.&nbsp; Her "<a href="http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=issue&amp;id=80">Excellence in Mental Health</a>" measure would expand access to community mental health centers, in part by making more of them eligible for payments under Medicaid. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:06:34 +0000 Current State 45796 at http://wkar.org Stabenow bill would strengthen mental health coverage New state agency nullifies more than 1,500 rules http://wkar.org/post/new-state-agency-nullifies-more-1500-rules <p></p><p></p><p>Michigan’s catalog of administrative rules, thousands of which help regulate safety and professional standards in industries across the state, has gotten thinner lately. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:08:09 +0000 Current State 45685 at http://wkar.org New state agency nullifies more than 1,500 rules Gov candidate Schauer explains push for minimum wage hike http://wkar.org/post/gov-candidate-schauer-explains-push-minimum-wage-hike <p></p><p></p><p>On Monday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate <a href="http://markschauer.com/">Mark Schauer</a> called for Michigan to adopt the highest minimum wage in the country.&nbsp; Currently standing at $7.40 an hour, Schauer's recommended $9.25 an hour would surpass the top existing state rate in Washington by 6 cents. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:41:22 +0000 Current State 45574 at http://wkar.org Gov candidate Schauer explains push for minimum wage hike Tighter NIH budget threatens pace of biomedical research http://wkar.org/post/tighter-nih-budget-threatens-pace-biomedical-research <p></p><p>Among the many federal government agencies and programs affected by the across the board spends cuts known as the sequestration, which took effect last March, is the <a href="http://www.nih.gov/">National Institutes of Health</a>. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:28:10 +0000 Current State 45532 at http://wkar.org Tighter NIH budget threatens pace of biomedical research