A three percent pay raise scheduled for state employees has become a constant subject of debate at the state Capitol. Senate Republicans have been pushing to block the pay raise, and now House Republicans have joined the battle cry.
AUDIO: Senate Republicans put the pay freeze up for a second unsuccessful vote this month, in what has become a drum beat of weekly debate. And Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the discussion isn't over.
A taste for pork, beef and poultry became a political controversy Wednesday at the state Capitol as farmers and legislators called on Governor Granholm to reverse her proclamation declaring Saturday Michigan Meatout Day.
LANSING, MI – Some Michigan agriculture organizations have a beef with Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
Granholm has declared Saturday "Meatout Day" in Michigan. A proclamation issued by her office encourages residents to choose not to eat meat in observance of the day and to try different recipes rich with vegetables, fruit and whole grain.
DETROIT – A $1 billion plan from Detroit Public Schools' emergency financial manager calls for closing 45 schools during the next five years. The district expects an enrollment drop of about 30,000 students during that time.
Robert Bobb plans to release possible closing dates Wednesday.
Bobb's plan calls for closing 45 schools between 2010-2015, renovating some and consolidating others.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has asked a local rental property owner, who owes more than $90,000 in back taxes, to step down as treasurer of his gubernatorial campaign committee.
Democrat Bernero says he asked Charles L. Moore to resign Wednesday until his tax issues are resolved. Bernero says he doesn't want Moore to get "caught up in a media sideshow" that would take attention away from his campaign's message of "putting people back to work."
CLEARWATER, FL – Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the spring and highly touted Domonic Brown connected twice, leading Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies over the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Tuesday.
Hamels held the Tigers to an unearned run and two hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked none.
Howard launched a two-run drive off Justin Verlander. Brown also connected against the Tigers ace and finished 3 for 3 with a walk and four RBIs.
The state Senate is expected to begin voting on budget proposals next week. The proposals assume Republicans will be able approve a pay freeze for all state employees. And Republican leaders have yet to find enough support for that freeze.