Michigan's driver responsibility fees may soon face a slow repeal at the state Capitol. A state Senate panel is discussing a measure that would prohibit the fees from being assessed for driving without a license or proof of insurance.
Judge Charles LaSata was in the state Legislature and voted for driver responsibility fees in 2003. He told lawmakers that he now knows the fees were a mistake.
Michigan's legislative leaders are still hoping to craft a retirement incentive package for state employees.
Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon and a spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop said Tuesday the proposal could still be part of a potential plan to balance next year's state budget.
Dillon says a retirement plan could save more than $100 million in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. The final savings would depend on the plan's specifics.
Michigan proposals to change laws guiding health insurance for people not covered by employer or government plans will be influenced by the national health care overhaul.
Democratic state Rep. Marc Corriveau of Northville detailed parts of the latest state-level proposal Tuesday at a House Health Policy Committee hearing. The legislation is led by Corriveau and Republican state Sen. Tom George of Kalamazoo County's Texas Township.
The state House has approved a version of the higher education budget that maintains current spending levels for universities. But as Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, the debate over funding was overshadowed by embryonic stem cell research.
UNDATED – Michigan State's athletic director says the Cleveland Cavaliers have not offered Tom Izzo a contract but confirms the NBA team is interested in the Spartans' coach.
Mark Hollis spoke to The Associated Press on Monday after The News-Herald of Willoughby, Ohio, reported the Cavs have made Izzo an offer to replace fired coach Mike Brown. The story cited an unidentified league source.
The Cavs would not comment, and Izzo has chosen not to confirm or deny the reports.
UNDATED – The Hall of Fame has bagged the key evidence from Armando Galarraga's stolen perfect game.
The Detroit Tigers have told the Hall they will donate the first-base bag, Galarraga's spikes and a ball from last week's near-miss at Comerica Park.
A blown call by umpire Jim Joyce at first base on what would've been the final out cost Galarraga the 21st perfect game in history. Galarraga's foot was on the base, but Joyce ruled that Cleveland's Jason Donald beat the play.