LANSING, MI – This week marks the self-imposed deadline set by state lawmakers to complete work on the K-12 schools budget for the coming fiscal year.
But there are many complications and disagreements to overcome.
Key negotiators in the House and Senate said they had reached an agreement last week over spending levels for next year. But Republicans in the Senate want to use a surplus of money in the schools budget to fill holes in other areas of the current budget.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Dayton Dragons 5-4 in 11 innings Sunday afternoon. Tonight they travel to start a three-game series at Bowling Green, then finish the week with three against the South Bend Silver Hawks.
The Michigan chapter of the American Federation of Teachers is challenging parts of the state's new law related to the public school employee retirement system.
The union said Friday its lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court challenges a provision requiring employees who don't retire this summer to start paying an extra 3% of their compensation into a fund for retiree health care starting July 1.
Governor Granholm says she will go to Washington soon to personally plead with federal officials to block an imminent Asian Carp invasion of the Great Lakes. She says it would be an ecological and economic disaster if the locks between Lake Michigan and the Chicago-area shipping canal are not closed soon. Once that's done, she wants the federal government to create a permanent physical barrier to separate the Great Lakes from the canal.