LANSING, MI – Facing an Oct. 1 deadline to get a budget in place, Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon is talking about adopting all $1.2 billion in cuts that Senate Republicans passed in June.
In return, the Republican Senate majority might agree after Oct. 1 to put money back into the budget for some programs important to Democrats, who want to to keep a college scholarship program and money for early childhood development and local police and firefighters.
Lansing, MI – Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon says a proposed multi-use facility for the building that now houses the state library and historical center would benefit downtown Lansing.
MSU is proposing a new state museum called the Center for Innovation and Reinvention. President Lou Anna Simon says the facility would combine the Historical Center collections with exhibits from the MSU Museum and also serve as a new headquarters for the Impression 5 Science Center.
GRAND LEDGE, MI – A national Medicare advocate says federal health care reform would strengthen the program. Max Richtman is an executive with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He says there's a misperception that reform would reduce benefits for seniors:
"Actually it's just the opposite," he says. "Without health care reform, seniors on Medicare are going to suffer. They're gonna pay more for their deductibles, premiums, co-payments they're gonna get less care "
LANSING, MI – Viewers statewide will have ringside seats as lawmakers struggle to reach a budget deal and avoid an Oct. 1 government shutdown.
Michigan Government Television said Friday it will begin providing around-the-clock coverage Monday that will continue until 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The cable station usually is on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.