About 100 people are rallying at the Capitol to support a Michigan bill that would let police request proof of citizenship from people they stop and question on another offense.
Republican state Rep. Kim Meltzer of Macomb's Clinton Township began drafting the measure after Arizona passed a new law last month that lets local police question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally.
Lawmakers at the state Capitol continue to debate the state budget as they wait for estimates later this week on revenue.
AUDIO: The Republican-led state Senate has approved a budget that would cut about 4% of state payments to local governments. The move drew a lot of resistance from Senate Democrats, who wanted to restore that cut.
Governor Granholm says a new federal trust fund will help Michigan and other automotive states redevelop and sell shut-down General Motors factories to new owners. More than half of the eligible sites are scattered across Michigan, including some plants that have been shut down for decades.
Lansing could get millions of federal dollars for cleaning up shut-down General Motors facilities.
The Obama administration has proposed a $536 million plan to clean up pollution at 90 former GM facilities around the country. Another $300 million would pay other expenses like property taxes and demolition costs.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council last night passed a $109 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year which starts July 1st.
The council passed the budget unanimously, and basically unchanged from what Mayor Virg Bernero recommended in March. Among the most noticeable measures is the recommendation to shorten the city work week for non-emergency workers to 36-hours.
Three members of a Michigan-based militia who are accused of conspiring to overthrow the government have been released from jail until trial.
David Stone Jr., Jacob Ward and Tina Stone were released to family members Tuesday after appearing in federal court in Detroit. They must wear electronic monitors and follow strict conditions set by a judge.
The U.S. attorney's office is appealing the release of six other militia members.
CHICAGO – Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez understands the public would like some answers. Just don't ask him for any when it comes to the Big Ten and expansion.
Alvarez says the decision rests with school presidents, not with the league's athletic directors. Even so, expansion was the hot-button topic as conference coaches and administrators gathered Monday in Chicago for three days of meetings.
Michigan athletic director David Brandon says "change is in the wind."
The state's budget troubles may not be quite as large as they appeared to be five months ago. State government economists say they're seeing the first glimmers of a recovery.
AUDIO: In January, the deficit for the coming fiscal year was pegged at about one and a half-billion dollars. Job losses had stabilized but the unemployment rate was still very high and tax revenues were on the decline.