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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Politics & Government
5:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

State Senator Ready To Revisit Creating State-Run Health Exchange

There could be another push in Lansing to set up a state-run website to purchase insurance through the federal healthcare law.

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Politics & Government
5:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

$10.10/hour Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board

A petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour did not get enough valid signatures to move forward.

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Politics & Government
5:18 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

$10.10/hour Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board

A petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour did not get enough valid signatures to move forward.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Pro-Gaza Protesters Rally At State Capitol

Pro-Palestinian protesters held signs decrying Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip in front of the state Capitol on Wednesday.
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Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups are holding events across Michigan to offer their perspectives on the conflict in Gaza.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Snyder: Pensioner Approval Of Grand Bargain Sets Detroit Up For Faster Recovery

Governor Rick Snyder says pensioner approval of Detroit’s grand bargain sets the city up for a faster recovery.

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Politics & Government
5:16 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Henry Paulson Tells Michigan To Seek Out Chinese Investment

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Former U-S Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says China could play a key role in Michigan’s economic recovery.

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Health
5:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

State Could Become More Transparent About Infection Rates At Hospitals

The state could soon be more open about how many patients contract infections at hospitals.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

House Panel Looks To Relax Fines For Driving Without License, Proof Of Insurance

State lawmakers will be back in Lansing Wednesday for their only scheduled session day in July.

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Michigan Files Tax Liens Against CIA

Michigan has filed three tax liens against the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Politics & Government
12:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Human services agencies pledge reforms in wake of scathing audits

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Twice in the past month, auditors have found serious problems at Michigan human services agencies. Last week, a report from the state auditor’s office found the Michigan Department of Human Services has failed to investigate cases of suspected adult abuse and to adequately train its staff.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Sign-Ups Hit 1-Year Target In Just 4 Months

Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program has already hit its 2014 sign-up goal in less than four months.

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Politics & Government
5:26 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Another Audit Says Michigan Has Failed To Protect Vulnerable Adults

A new state audit is again calling into question how well the state protects vulnerable adults.

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NewsRoom
3:22 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Year-Round Schools Get More Money, But Future Of Program In Question

As most Michigan students enjoy their summer vacations, some schools are using new state funding to add air conditioning and other things so they can teach year-round.

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NewsRoom
5:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Superintendents Blast Education Budget

Michigan schools begin their new budget year Tuesday.

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NewsRoom
4:43 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Background Checks Coming For Home-Aid Workers, State Can’t Exclude All Felons

Michigan cannot ban all felons from being caregivers in the state’s Medicaid in-home care program.

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NewsRoom
5:24 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Michigan Welcomes Office To Help Skilled Immigrants Get Jobs

There’s a new office in Michigan dedicated to helping highly skilled immigrants find jobs.

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NewsRoom
5:16 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Lawmakers Decide Against Docking MSU $500k For Labor Courses

State lawmakers have backed down from penalizing Michigan State University over controversial courses about organized labor.

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NewsRoom
4:40 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Michigan Film Incentives To Stay At $50 million, Senate Leader Wants More

State lawmakers are getting close to passing a state budget this week.

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NewsRoom
4:53 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Gov. Snyder Eyes Road Funding Deal This Week

Governor Rick Snyder wants a road funding solution on his desk by the end of this week.

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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Michigan Makes Strides In Calculating Dropout, Graduation Rates

Michigan’s auditor general says the state is doing a better job calculating high school graduation and drop-out rates.

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NewsRoom
3:40 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Michigan Schools’ Finances “Stabilizing,” Says State Superintendent

The number of school districts with budget deficits has dropped over the course of this school year.

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NewsRoom
4:41 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Snyder Defends “Pension Tax” In Special Message On Aging

Governor Rick Snyder is firing back against critics of his so-called “pension tax”.

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NewsRoom
4:36 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Campaign To Raise Minimum Wage To $10.10 Per Hour Turns In Petition Signatures

Members of the Raise Michigan Coalition say they gathered more than 300,000 petition signatures. The group submitted those signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office Wednesday.
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Activists have turned in petition signatures to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

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NewsRoom
5:15 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Bill Boosting Minimum Wage To $9.20 An Hour To Get Hearing In State House

A bill that would boost Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.20 an hour will get a hearing Wednesday in the state House.

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NewsRoom
5:18 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

State Senate could Triple road funding increase passed by House

Republican leaders in the Michigan Senate have a plan to boost state road funding by up to $1.4 billion a year.

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NewsRoom
5:15 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

State Senate Votes To Raise Michigan’s Minimum Wage To $9.20 An Hour

The state Senate has voted to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.20 an hour by 2017.

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NewsRoom
4:41 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

State Senate Leader Plans To Up The Ante On Road Funding In Coming Weeks

The debate over fixing Michigan’s crumbling roads moves to the state Senate this week.

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NewsRoom
4:44 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

State Lawmakers Look To Expand Natural Gas In Rural Communities

New legislation in Lansing would make it easier for utilities to expand access to natural gas in rural Michigan.

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NewsRoom
4:53 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Statewide Teacher Evaluations Move Forward In State Legislature

Legislation that would create a statewide teacher evaluation system has cleared its first hurdle in the Michigan Legislature.

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NewsRoom
4:24 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Have Lawmakers Waited Too Long To Approve New Standardized Test?

Some state lawmakers say the Legislature needs to approve a new standardized test to replace the MEAP – and fast.

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