Lansing, MI – The head of one of the largest banks in Michigan says business leaders are not happy with the direction the state is headed. David Boyle is president of PNC Bank and a member of Business Leaders for Michigan. The group of CEO's from the state's largest companies is urging lawmakers to adopt a plan they say will stabilize state government finances and stimulate business growth. The plan calls for reducing the state workforce and lowering state employee salaries.
A 3 percent pay raise scheduled for Michigan's union-represented state government workers on Oct. 1 appears to be safe.
The Republican-led state Senate failed again Thursday to pass a measure aimed at repealing the raises. The proposal got 23 votes, three short of the two-thirds majority needed to advance to the Democrat-led House.
Lawmakers are scheduled to leave for a two-week break after Thursday and would not be back in session in time to rescind the raises by an April 11 deadline.
The debate over a ban on texting-while-driving is getting more serious Thursday at the state Capitol. The Senate approved a ban that would allow police officers to pull a driver over for text messaging alone. Lawmakers have already approved a measure that would only allow a driver to be pulled over for texting if they were committing another offense, such as speeding.
DETROIT – Valtteri Filppula scored with 6:49 left and added an empty-net goal, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.
The Red Wings padded their lead to four points over Calgary for the last spot in the Western Conference playoffs with their sixth win in seven games. St. Louis moved a step closer toward being eliminated from the race with its fourth loss in six games.
Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 30 saves, and former Red Wing Ty Conklin stopped 20 shots.
LANSING, MI – The Legislature is working quickly to approve a bill that would increase oversight of businesses applying for tax credits with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The legislation was created after a convicted embezzler was approved for $9 million in tax credits from the MEDC.
Democratic state Representative Jon Switalski sponsored the bill.
The state House approved a set of bills that would require clinics and hospitals to provide information about emergency contraception to women who have been sexually assaulted. The next-morning pill prevents egg fertilization.
Democratic state Representative Rebekah Warren sponsored the measure. She says preventing unwanted pregnancies will save the state money.
The state's top economic development official says a convicted embezzler who requested a $9.1 million business tax credit in Michigan may have forged documents showing he had been offered tax breaks from New York and Delaware.
Michigan Economic Development Corp. CEO Greg Main told a Senate committee Wednesday that officials several times asked RASCO CEO Richard A. Short for additional information as they were considering his tax credit application.
In each case, Short came up with required materials.