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
5:11 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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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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5:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Superintendents Blast Education Budget

Michigan schools begin their new budget year Tuesday.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3:37 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Despite Calls From Businesses, GOP Leaders Still Lukewarm On LGBT Protections

Some major Michigan businesses are urging lawmakers to add protections for LGBT residents to the state’s civil rights law.

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5:10 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Minimum Wage And Equal Pay Advocates Join Forces At State Capitol

Danielle Atkinson of the Raise Michigan Coalition, and founder of Mothering Justice, speaking with Democratic lawmakers Tuesday at an equal pay rally in the state Capitol.
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Women’s rights advocates say boosting the state’s minimum wage would be a big step toward equal pay in the workplace.

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4:40 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Bill Would Define E-Cigarettes As Tobacco Products In Michigan

Efforts to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of minors continue this week in Lansing.

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5:10 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Lawmakers Could Set Limit On Number Of Inmates In Michigan Prisons

One Michigan legislator wants to put a limit on the number of inmates in state-run prisons.

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4:13 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

State GOP Senator Offers Minimum Wage Hike Alternative

A Republican in the state Senate wants to boost Michigan’s minimum wage to $8.15 an hour.

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4:54 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Governor Snyder And Senate Leader Not Embracing Bolger’s Union Demands

State House Speaker Jase Bolger is the only Republican leader in Lansing demanding that unions contribute to Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement.

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4:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

EAA Debate Heats Up In Lansing, Final Vote Possible This Week

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville hopes to hold a final vote this week on a bill to expand the state’s Education Achievement Authority.

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4:54 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Legislature Begins Debate Over $500 Million Road Funding Plan

State House Speaker Jase Bolger says it’s time for lawmakers to do something about Michigan’s crumbling roads – even if it’s not a full solution.

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4:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Schauer Calls Education His “Top Priority” In Schools Plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown announced their education plan Wednesday in Lansing.
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The Democrat likely to challenge Governor Rick Snyder in November says improving public schools would be his top priority in office.

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5:10 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Local Governments: Tax Day Study Shows State Not Paying Fair Share

Local officials want the state to share more of the revenue it takes in.

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