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
4:15 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Snyder Skeptical Of House Speaker’s Road Funding Ideas

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

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Politics & Government
3:16 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

State Senate To Consider Prevailing Wage Repeal Next Week

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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.

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Politics & Government
5:39 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

State Senate Approves $54 Billion Budget With Dems Opposed

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

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Flock To Michigan

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Michigan is seeing an influx of GOP presidential hopefuls.

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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Threat Of Marijuana Legalization May Help Medical Pot Bills Pass

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

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Politics & Government
4:41 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Governor Declares Flint’s Financial Emergency Over

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

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Politics & Government
2:27 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Snyder renews Opposition To Open Carry In Schools As Pro-Gun Activists Rally At Capitol

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

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Politics & Government
1:22 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Snyder Open To Deal For State To Assume Detroit Public School Debt

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

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Education
4:25 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Lawmakers Take Aim At Antiquated, Duplicative Reporting Requirements for schools

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

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Politics & Government
3:52 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

House Approves Bill To Cut Welfare Payments If Kids Persistently Miss School

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

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Education
4:12 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Flanagan: Charter School Authorizers No Longer At Risk Of Being Suspended

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

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Model Civil Rights Ordinance For Local Governments Includes LGBT Protections

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

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Requiring Police To Wear Body Cams, State Lawmakers Could Try Again

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

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Politics & Government
3:10 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

State Lawmakers Considering Legal Driving Limit For THC

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

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Politics & Government
2:57 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

School Bake Sales Could Make A Comeback Under Bill Approved By State Senate

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

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Education
2:01 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

State Board Of Education Considers Taking Snyder To Court Over Executive Order

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

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Politics & Government
4:56 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Democrats Unveil Bills Meant To Make State Government More Transparent

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

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Environment
3:08 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Snyder: 30% To 40% Renewable Energy Realistic In Michigan By 2025

Gov. Snyder presented his goals for energy policy in Michigan Friday at an electrician training facility in Warren.
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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.

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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Michigan Activists To Launch Marijuana Legalization Initiative

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

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

State House Approves Ending Michigan’s Film Incentives

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

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Politics & Government
3:55 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

State Senate Says Landlords Can Prohibit Tenants From Using Medical Marijuana

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

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Politics & Government
2:44 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Speaker Cotter Has Bipartisan Support For Asset Forfeiture Changes

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

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Politics & Government
2:55 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Michigan’s Film Incentives Move Closer To Their Demise In State Legislature

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

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Politics & Government
3:55 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Lawmakers Considering Penalties For Failing To Call 911 When Someone Is In Danger

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

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

State Senate Sends Budget Cuts To Gov. Snyder That Divert Surplus School Aid Dollars

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

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

State House Approves Overhaul Of Concealed Pistol License Approvals

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

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Politics & Government
3:44 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

State Lawmakers Taking Another Crack At Corrections Overhaul There’s a renewed push in the state Leg

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

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Education
2:55 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Lawmaker Wants More Snow Days For Schools Without Having To Make Up Time

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

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Politics & Government
3:19 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Pro-Gun Groups Blast State Senate For Passing “No-Carry Zone” Exemption

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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.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

New International Bridge Clears Major Hurdle With Canada Paying For Customs Plaza

One of the final hurdles facing a new international crossing between Detroit and Windsor has been cleared.

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