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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A former staffer for embattled state representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat is speaking out against his former bosses.

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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.

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