Michigan lawmakers might soon try to rescind a 3% pay raise scheduled to take effect Oct. 1 for roughly 35,000 union-represented state workers.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the state can't afford the raises. Michigan is wrestling with a projected $1.7 billion overall shortfall for the next fiscal year, which also starts Oct. 1.
LAKELAND, FL – Joe Zumaya and his exceptional fastball are back for the Detroit Tigers.
Zumaya's overpowering pitching sessions have attracted a lot of attention in the early days of spring training. Just six months ago, as he was preparing for a second major operation in less than two years on his aching right shoulder, he wondered whether his career might be over at the age of 24.
Manager Jim Leyland says he has a lot left. He says the pitches he has seen so far this spring make him wonder whether anyone can hit the fastball.
LOS ANGELES – Chris Kaman had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Drew Gooden added 20 points and 13 boards and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Detroit Pistons 97-91 on Wednesday night.
Rasual Butler hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left for the Clippers, who have won three straight following a six-game losing streak. They completed a two-game season sweep of Detroit after losing the previous 13 meetings.
A special state commission says Michigan is illegally forcing local governments to spend billions of dollars from their own treasuries. Legislative leaders say they will act soon to rein in unfunded mandates from the state.
LANSING, MI – New details about the Pennsylvania prisoners being brought to stay in a Muskegon prison were discussed Tuesday at the state Capitol. The prisoners were quietly transferred from Pennsylvania to Michigan last week.
Corrections officials told a panel of lawmakers that the prisoners selected to come to Michigan from Pennsylvania are in good health, are medium-security, and have few visitors.
A special commission says the state has been forcing local governments to shoulder the costs of billions of dollars in unfunded mandates. That would violate a 32-year-old, voter-approved amendment to the state constitution. Legislative leaders were formally handed the report Wednesday. They say the state will adopt measures soon to ensure that does not continue.