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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4:14 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Lawmakers Kick Off Budget Debate, Consider Student Loan Tax Credit

State lawmakers have kicked off debate over the state budget.

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4:41 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

School Officials, Local Governments, And Democrats Say Budget Proposal A Mixed Bag

Governor Rick Snyder’s calls to increase state funding for public education and local governments are being met with mixed reactions from Democrats in Lansing.

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5:39 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

State House Passes Bill Leaving It Up To courts To Give “Juvenile Lifers” Shot At Parole

Advocates for so-called “juvenile lifers” are blasting legislation approved Tuesday by the state House.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, it would deny those inmates a chance at parole.

That’s unless the Michigan Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court rule otherwise.

The bill would bring Michigan law into compliance with a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. It said automatic life sentences without parole for minors are unconstitutional. But it didn’t say whether the ruling applied to people already serving those sentences.

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NewsRoom
3:25 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Governor Snyder Kicks Off Re-Election Bid

Governor Rick Snyder is officially back on the campaign trail asking Michigan voters to give him another four-year term.

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4:44 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

State Superintendent Weighs In On Automatically Holding Back 3rd graders, Tax Cuts

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan is panning legislation that would automatically hold back third graders who fail a state reading test.

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NewsRoom
4:22 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Legislation To Raise Michigan’s Minimum Wage All But Ruled Out, Ballot Drive Likely

State lawmakers are not likely to pass legislation this year that would boost Michigan’s minimum wage above seven dollars and forty cents an hour.

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NewsRoom
4:44 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Income Tax Reduction Clears Committee, Goes To Full State Senate

Plans to reduce Michigan’s income tax rate are moving forward in the state Legislature.

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4:54 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Environmental Groups Divided Over Possible Tax Break For Oil And Gas Companies

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would give oil and gas companies a tax break for better utilizing wells.

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NewsRoom
5:10 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

State Sees Record Revenues From Medical Marijuana Program, But Fewer Caregivers

The state is seeing record revenues from Michigan’s medical marijuana program.

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NewsRoom
4:27 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

“Right-To-Work For Lawyers” Bill Introduced In Lansing

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow attorneys to stop paying membership dues to the State Bar of Michigan.

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NewsRoom
4:26 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Debate Over Statewide Teacher Evaluations Underway In Lansing

Bipartisan legislation in Lansing would create a statewide system to evaluate teachers and school administrators.

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NewsRoom
3:08 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

MDOT Director To Lawmakers: “How Many People Should Die” Before roads Are Fixed?

Michigan’s top transportation official is criticizing state lawmakers for delaying a long-term fix for road funding.

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NewsRoom
4:25 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Despite Governor’s Pleas, Broad Road Funding Package Looks Unlikely In 2014

Governor Rick Snyder’s call on lawmakers to boost funding for roads and bridges will probably go unanswered for the third year in a row.

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Snyder And Teachers Unions Agree On At Least One Thing: Year-Round Schooling

There’s at least one thing Governor Rick Snyder said during his State of the State speech Thursday that teachers unions can get behind.

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NewsRoom
5:39 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Governor Snyder To Give Fourth State Of The State Address Thursday

Governor Rick Snyder is expected to focus on jobs and the economy during his annual State of the State address Thursday.

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NewsRoom
4:52 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Budget Surplus Quells Fears Of Cuts To School Funding In Michigan

A budget surplus is quelling some fears about school funding in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
5:39 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Bolger, State House GOP Stand Firm Against Repealing Tax On Pensions

State House Republicans Thursday formally unveiled their priorities for 2014.

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NewsRoom
4:41 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

State Lawmakers Back In Action, Talking Tax Cuts And Hiring Parolees

The state Legislature is back in action after a four week break for the holidays.

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5:50 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Plan To Cut Michigan’s Income Tax In The Works

Republican state lawmakers hope to introduce legislation this month that would cut Michigan’s income tax rate.

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NewsRoom
3:44 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Michigan Pharmacies Will Be Able To Sell Medical Marijuana If Feds Reschedule

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill into law that clears the way for pharmacies to sell medical marijuana in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
3:38 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Governor Signs Identity Theft “Skimmers” And Indefinite Detention Bills

Devices that can be used to steal someone’s personal information when they use a credit card are now illegal in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
5:11 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Audit: Michigan Department Has Failed To Make Sure Veterans Get Maximum Benefits

Michigan has done a poor job over the last decade making sure veterans collect all the benefits they’re entitled to.

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NewsRoom
5:15 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Governor Snyder Wants More Renewables, Less Coal In Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan needs more renewable energy and less coal over the next decade.

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NewsRoom
6:04 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State worker Unions Rally On Eve Of Contract Decision

Dozens of public employee union members protest Tuesday outside Governor Rick Snyder’s office, across from the state Capitol in Lansing.
Credit Jake Neher MPRN

Thousands of state employees could see their health benefits reduced Wednesday.

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NewsRoom
5:57 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

State Legislature Starts Clock On Abortion, Medicaid, And Other Bills Taking Effect

Some of the most high-profile laws passed by this year by state lawmakers will take effect in 90 days.

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NewsRoom
3:52 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Medical Marijuana Activists Cheer As Dispensaries, “Medibles” Bills Clear House Panel

Legislation that would give medical marijuana patients more ways to obtain and use cannabis is one step closer to becoming law.

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NewsRoom
6:08 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Lawmakers Look To Tackle Big Issues In Next Two Weeks

State lawmakers are back to work after a two week break.

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NewsRoom
3:23 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Environmental Groups Expect Snyder To Push For More Clean Energy

Michigan environmental groups expect Governor Rick Snyder to endorse new clean energy standards in a speech next month.

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5:23 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Warren Buffett Praises Detroit, Announces Investment In Local Small Businesses

Warren Buffett made a visit to Michigan Tuesday to help launch a program that will invest millions of dollars in Detroit-based small businesses.

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NewsRoom
4:44 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Company Run By Budget Director’s Brother Outbid For $5 million State Grant

A firm run by the brother of Michigan’s budget director will not get a $5 million grant from the state.

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