LANSING, MI – Advocates for mother and infant health say the negative effects of budget cuts are reflected in Michigan's pregnancy statistics. The Right Start report from the Michigan League for Human Services says an uptick in low birth weights is of particular concern.
Jane Zehnder-Merrell is with the group. She says vital programs that help ensure the health of mothers and their babies are being cut.
LANSING, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Sunday morning liquor sales.
The governor has pushed for the change in past years.
But she said in a Tuesday letter to state lawmakers that the bill makes other changes that could open the state to a court challenge similar to the one Michigan lost when it tried to limit alcoholic beverage sales by out-of-state businesses.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm used her line-item veto power to reject the Legislature's plan to spend $316 million in federal stimulus money for classrooms. This could set the stage for a new fight with lawmakers and schools.
EAST LANSING, MI – Local developer Pat Gillespie said a decision by the Lansing City Council on Monday could halt his plan for a housing development on the Grand River in the city's downtown. The council rejected a pair of amendments to projects Gillespie's development firm had in the works.
Gillespie was looking to amend brownfield redevelopment tax abatements on his riverfront housing, Lansing Marketplace, and Marshall Street Armory projects.