LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm and state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop are scheduled to meet Wednesday in an effort to end a budget standoff.
AUDIO: The Senate Republican leader is refusing to send the Democratic governor half a dozen budget bills that are waiting on her signature. He says that's because she's threatening to veto major portions of the budgets to free enough money to restore cuts to college scholarships, Medicaid, and local governments.
LANSING, MI – Business groups are speaking out in support of a state Senate Republican plan to reform Michigan's tax structure and limit tax credits to generate new revenue.
AUDIO: The Senate GOP plan would reduce the Michigan Business Tax over three years. Bringing down the cost of the MBT has been a high priority of Senate Republicans and business leaders. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop.
LANSING, MI – The state House Appropriations Committee began talking about the expansion of gambling in Michigan to draw more revenue to the state.
Representatives from the casino and gaming industry say the market could become too saturated if horse tracks are allowed to have casino-style gambling. They say casinos are competing for less business during the downturn in the economy.
And James Moffett from the Foundation for Traditional Values says there are moral issues to consider as well.
LANSING, MI – The Republican leader of the state Senate says Governor Granholm will open herself to a constitutional challenge if she tries to use line-item vetoes to fund her budget priorities. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the governor risks over-stepping her authority.
"The Legislature is here for a purpose, and that is to pass these budgets and do so in a timely and effective way," he says. "We passed a balanced budget and to usurp the powers of the Legislature here is unwarranted."
LANSING, MI – As Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero shoots for re-election, many voters consider whether his record on jobs and development is worthy of their vote. Many say the administration's economic agenda is just what the city needs. Others, including challenger Carol Wood, say the Mayor's attention-grabbing style shows there's less there than meets the eye.
Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm says if the Legislature won't fund her budget priorities, she will use line-item vetoes to free more money for local governments, nursing homes, and college scholarships. She is trying to put pressure on lawmakers to agree to new revenue as a new budget deadline draws near. The Legislature is debating budget proposals this week. At the same time, people affected by the political gridlock in Lansing are growing frustrated with the uncertainty.
East Lansing, MI – Entering her third season as head coach of the Michigan State woman's basketball program Suzy Merchant looks to build off a twenty-two win season a year ago which included a trip to the sweet sixteen.
The Michigan State lady Spartans return 9 players who started at least one game last season, their top six scorers return from a a squad that was an eyelash away from advancing to the elite eight last March.
LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed legislation requiring that farm animals confined in small cages have enough room to turn around and fully extend their limbs.
The bill signed Monday makes Michigan the second state to ban commonly used cages for egg-laying chickens, the fifth to ban common crates for veal calves and the seventh to ban certain stalls for pregnant pigs.
The cages for hens and stalls for pregnant pigs will go away in about 10 years. The veal crates will be banned in three years.