LANSING, MI – Advocates seeking a statewide ban on smoking in workplaces are growing impatient with Senate inaction on the question. They are still hoping to enact a workplace smoking ban before the end of this year.
AUDIO: The Senate has been sitting on the ban for five and a half months. The measure would outlaw smoking in taverns, restaurants, offices, and factories with exceptions only for cigar bars and Detroit's three casinos.
SACRAMENTO, CA – A new study warns Michigan is one of ten states on the brink of economic disaster. A report from the Pew Center on the States says rising unemployment, high home foreclosure rates and big drops in tax collections could mean higher taxes, more layoffs of government workers and fewer services.
MASON, MI – Governor Granholm is continuing to push Senate Republicans to support new revenue to restore money for schools facing big cuts.
AUDIO: The governor's been meeting with parents and educators to try and get them to prod Republican lawmakers to support reducing business tax breaks, or new taxes on tobacco and beer to help reverse school cuts. School officials say they're already cutting programs and laying-off teachers.
About 800 parents, teachers, and school administrators were at the state Capitol Tuesday to demand more money for K-12 education. They are opposed to a new round of cuts to schools that are scheduled to begin later this month.
A Michigan Senate committee has voted to reject Gov. Jennifer Granholm's order letting her appoint two department directors now named by commissions.
The Republican-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee also voted Tuesday to reject the Democratic governor's plan to combine the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Quality.
The panel instead voted along party lines to make the Department of Environmental Quality an agency under the Department of Natural Resources.
LANSING, MI – State Senate Republican leaders say it is possible to freeze the tax credit for working poor families without risking the loss of federal funds.
The Senate's top financial advisor told lawmakers Tuesday that Governor Granholm is technically correct in her argument that freezing the credit makes the state ineligible for some matching funds from the federal government. But the Senate Fiscal Agency says there are ways around that.
MASON, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm says school officials and parents must persuade lawmakers more needs to be done to shore up education funding in Michigan.
The Democratic governor on Tuesday again called on the Republican-led Senate to immediately vote on proposals that would prevent some school funding cuts.
Granholm spoke with reporters Tuesday after meeting with school officials in Mason. She says lawmakers could pass short-term fixes now but a ballot proposal might be needed to make longer-term changes.