Jake Neher

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.

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Jeb Bush says he’ll be spending a lot of time in Michigan if he decides to run for president.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher has more.

Bush was in Michigan giving the kind of speech you’d expect from someone eying the Republican nomination in 2016. He touted his record as governor of Florida a decade ago and criticized the Obama administration’s economic policies.

At an event in Lansing, he told reporters Michigan will be a critical state for any Republican running for president next year.

Governor Rick Snyder appears to be skeptical of the state House leader’s road funding ideas.


Bills to ban prevailing wage requirements in Michigan could move through the state Senate next week.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

The state and many communities require that workers on publicly-funded construction projects get union-level pay and benefits. The bills would repeal those laws.

Amber McCann is a spokesperson for state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof. She says the legislation is one of his top priorities.


A $54 billion plan to fund schools and state agencies has cleared the state Senate.


Michigan is seeing an influx of GOP presidential hopefuls.


Bills to expand access to medical marijuana in Michigan may be benefiting from efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016.


Governor Rick Snyder has lifted the city of Flint’s financial emergency.

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Governor Rick Snyder is renewing his support for banning openly carrying firearms in Michigan schools.


Governor Rick Snyder is open to a plan for the state to take over debt from Detroit Public Schools.


State lawmakers could make big changes to how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state.


A bill to end cash assistance for families with truant children has cleared the state House.


State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says seven institutions no longer risk losing their ability to open new charter schools in Michigan.


The state Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.


A bill in the state House would require on-duty police officers to wear body cameras.


Some state lawmakers say it’s time to set a legal driving limit for THC – the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana.


Michigan schools could hold up to three bake sales per week during school hours under a bill approved by the state Senate.


The state Board of Education could challenge a recent order from Governor Rick Snyder in court.


New bills at the state Capitol seek to make state government more transparent.

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Governor Rick Snyder has set a goal for Michigan to get 30-40% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher has more.

That number includes energy savings through efforts to be more efficient. The governor says energy efficiency should play a central role in Michigan’s energy future.

“There is no better answer for affordability, reliability, and environmental outcomes than that piece,” he says.


A group of activists says 2016 is the year to legalize marijuana in Michigan.


A bill to end Michigan’s tax incentives for the film industry has cleared the state House.

Legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate would let landlords ban tenants from using medical marijuana in rental units.


There’s bipartisan interest in the state Legislature in protecting Michiganders from having property unfairly seized by police.

A bill to eliminate Michigan’s film incentives is advancing in the state House.

State lawmakers are debating whether someone should face penalties if they fail to act when they know someone else is in danger.

Legislation headed to Governor Rick Snyder would divert surplus school aid money to help fill Michigan’s budget hole.

Concealed weapons bills similar to ones Governor Rick Snyder vetoed last month are one step closer to heading back to his desk.

There’s a renewed push in the state Legislature to overhaul Michigan’s corrections system.


State lawmakers may consider allowing schools to take more snow days without having to make them up later.


Retired federal law enforcement officials would be able to carry concealed weapons in “no carry zones” under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

“No carry zones” include places such as schools, day care centers, and sports arenas where concealed weapons are prohibited. Supporters say former federal agents face greater dangers than the general public. But many pro-gun groups oppose this and similar legislation.

Tom Lambert is with Michigan Open Carry.