The state schools superintendent says it's important to make early-childhood-development program funding a higher priority in the state. Last year lawmakers gave school districts the option of diverting early child funds to plug budget holes.
Some Democratic lawmakers in Lansing say the state's highest-spending school districts could soon be forgotten in budget negotiations.
AUDIO: Extra funds for the state's highest-spending school districts were cut from the budget last year. These are districts that chose to tax themselves for more school funding before Proposal A eliminated their ability to do so. The so-called 20-J fund was created to lessen the blow to those districts.
Minneapolis, MInn – Kalin Lucas scored 22 points, Raymar Morgan added 17 and Michigan State (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) rallied to beat shorthanded Minnesota 65-64 on Saturday in a game the Spartans never led until the final minutes.
The Spartans (17-3) have won eight straight and matched their best start in the Big Ten since also starting 7-0 during the 1977-78 season.
State House Democrats are expected to go on a retreat next weekend to sort out their legislative priorities for the coming year. House Speaker Andy Dillon says they will come up with a plan to answer Senate-Republican proposals to save taxpayers' money.
Dan Kildee would like to turn his passion for restoring cities into a chance to restore the state.
The former Genesee County treasurer hasn't decided yet if he wants to join the Democratic race for governor now that Lt. Gov. John Cherry has withdrawn.
But he said Friday on public television's Off the Record program that he knows how to make government work and has "been in the trenches" helping cities such as Flint, Saginaw and Grand Rapids restore blighted areas.
The Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Dean Foods Co., saying a recent acquisition has spoiled a regional market for milk.
The lawsuit says Dean's 2009 acquisition of Foremost Farms USA's Consumer Products Division eliminates substantial competition in the sale of milk to schools, groceries, and convenience stories in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.