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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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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gay Couple Trying To Force State To Recognize Their Marriage, “For Our 13 Kids”

Plaintiffs Clint McCormack (front), Bryan Reamer (back), and some of their 13 children.
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The ACLU of Michigan is suing the state to force it to recognize the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples who got married last month.

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NewsRoom
4:38 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Education Groups Uniting Around Revamping Teacher Evaluations

Bills that would overhaul teacher evaluations in Michigan could see movement soon in the state Legislature.

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4:40 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Bill To Fight Scrap Metal Theft Signed Into Law

A bill meant to fight scrap metal theft in Michigan is now law.

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NewsRoom
4:11 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Feds Approve Center To Encourage Immigrant Investment In Michigan

Federal officials have given Michigan the green light to run a statewide center meant to encourage investment from immigrants.

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4:39 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Flanagan Defends Teachers After Report Saying Michigan Falling Behind In Education

The state’s top education official says people should not blame teachers for a new report that shows Michigan schools falling behind.

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NewsRoom
4:13 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Some Prominent Democrats Skeptical About Proposal To Fix Roads

Some prominent Democrats say they’re skeptical about a state House Republican plan to help fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

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5:38 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

MSU Could Lose $500k for Offering Labor Courses

Michigan State University could risk losing a half million dollars if it doesn’t stop offering courses that allegedly promote unionization.

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4:41 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Michigan Lawmakers Urge Congress To Require A Balanced Federal Budget

Michigan lawmakers are joining calls for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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5:46 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Business Equipment Tax Repeal Bills Sail Through State House

Local leaders in Michigan are applauding the state House for approving legislation to make sure they don’t lose big because of a recent tax repeal.

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NewsRoom
5:11 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Snyder Continues To Press Obama On Detroit Immigration Plan

Governor Rick Snyder continues to press the federal government on his plan to expand immigration in Detroit.

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NewsRoom
3:17 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

PTSD Patients Now Able To Get Medical Marijuana Card In Michigan

Michiganders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can now get a card to use medical marijuana.

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3:42 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Lawmakers Revive Talks Over Scrap Metal Theft

There’s a new push in Lansing to pass legislation meant to fight scrap metal theft in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
4:14 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Michiganders Buying Insurance On Their Own Cannot Get Abortion Coverage

Health insurers in Michigan can no longer offer elective abortion coverage in standard health plans.

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NewsRoom
6:02 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Deal Reached On Emergency Road Money, But No Solution For Medicaid Shortfall

State lawmakers will probably double the amount of money they had planned to spend on fixing roads torn apart by nasty weather this winter.

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NewsRoom
3:06 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State Board Says PTSD Patients Should Be Able To Use Medical Marijuana

The state could soon allow residents dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder to use medical marijuana.

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4:11 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lawmakers To Iron Out Differences On Emergency Road Money And Medicaid Shortfall Bill

The State House and Senate has not been able to agree on a mid-year budget bill.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Bills To Save Local Governments From Big Cuts sails Through State Senate

The state Senate has approved a bill that would compensate Michigan cities, towns, and counties if a tax on business equipment is repealed.

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NewsRoom
4:28 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Snyder Seeks Overhaul Of Foster Care And How State Pays For It

Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan helps announce the proposal Thursday in Royal Oak.
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Governor Rick Snyder says the state could do a better job protecting foster children if it changed the way it paid for the service.

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NewsRoom
5:11 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Medicaid Shortfall Could Lead To Fight In Lansing

A battle is brewing in Lansing over a shortfall in Michigan’s Medicaid program.

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NewsRoom
3:19 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Bills Would Make Sure Local Government Budgets Don’t Get Slashed With Tax Repeal

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is championing the legislation as a ‘win-win’ for communities.
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New legislation in Lansing would make sure local governments don’t take a big hit if voters decide to repeal a tax on business equipment.

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NewsRoom
5:11 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Pastors Rally In Opposition To Gay Marriage Ahead Of Federal Court Case In Detroit

A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday over whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.

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5:36 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

State Lawmakers Look To Patch Medicaid Shortfall, Say Long-Term Solution Critical

There’s a shortfall of more than $100 million in Michigan’s Medicaid program.

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4:42 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

$100 Million For Emergency Road Repairs And Plowing Clears State Senate

Roads being ripped apart by brutal winter weather could soon get some help.

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