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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5:11 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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5:10 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

State Ends Contract With The Education Achievement Authority

The state is ending its exclusive contract with a controversial authority meant to turn around some of the state’s lowest-performing schools.

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4:40 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Lawmakers To Probe Army Corps Of Engineers Report On Invasive Species Tuesday

State lawmakers want to know whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inflating the cost and time it would take to keep invasive species out of the Great Lakes.

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NewsRoom
4:10 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

“Right To Work” Bill For Lawyers Delayed While Court Reviews State Bar Membership

A bill in Lansing that would let attorneys opt out of membership in the State Bar of Michigan is on hold.

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NewsRoom
4:12 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Michigan Corrections Director: Ionia Prison Escape “Had Nothing To Do With” Budget Cuts

Michigan Department of Corrections Director Dan Heyns testifies in front of a state Senate budget panel Thursday on a recent prisoner escape in Ionia.
Credit Jake Neher MPRN

The head of the state’s prison system blames a murderer’s recent escape from an Ionia prison largely on human error.

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NewsRoom
4:46 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Backyard Farmers Blast Proposal To Exclude Them From “Right To Farm” Law

A state board is getting set to decide whether to strip protections from Michiganders who raise chickens and other livestock in residential areas.

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NewsRoom
4:13 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

State Board Of Education Trying To Make School Funding A Central Election Issue

The State Board of Education has kicked off a series of discussions meant to critique the way the state pays for public schools.

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4:21 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Democrats Say State Attorney General Not Fit To Investigate Prisoner Escape

Democrats in the state House say it’s inappropriate for Michigan’s attorney general to conduct an investigation into a recent prison escape in Ionia.

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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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