Jake Neher

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.


The new state Senate leader says repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law will be a priority this year.

The ACT is appealing Michigan’s decision to switch its eleventh grade standardized test to the SAT.


The State Board of Education could join the effort to pass a May ballot proposal to boost road funding.


Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill allowing some crimes to be erased from public records.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

Some low-level offenders will be able to ask the court that convicted them to erase up to one felony or two misdemeanors. Supporters say it will make it easier for them to get jobs and housing after they’ve served sentences or paid fines.

Shelli Weisberg is with the ACLU of Michigan.

   “We really think that this gives people with records a really meaningful second chance,” she says.

Advocates say the state needs to do more to protect kids in child care.


Michigan will replace the ACT college entrance exam with the SAT starting in spring 2016.

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Public officials and advocates are asking for help to clear a massive backlog of rape kits in Detroit.

The state would have to find out how much it costs to educate a student in Michigan under a bill in front of Governor Rick Snyder.


Legislation in front of Governor Rick Snyder would change the way concealed pistol licenses are approved in Michigan.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher has more.

The bill would eliminate county gun boards, which currently conduct background checks and decide whether to issue CPLs. Instead, the State Police would be responsible for conducting background checks. Most other duties – including issuing the licenses – would go to county clerks. The bill would also reduce application and renewal fees for CPLs.


Supporters of legislation to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan say it’s not likely to pass in 2014.


State lawmakers are entering the final hours of their two-year session without having reached a deal to boost road funding.


Coercing someone to have an abortion would carry tougher penalties under bills approved Thursday by the state Senate.


The state Legislature is taking steps to hammer out a road funding compromise.


Legislation that would revoke welfare payments from people who fail drug tests has passed the state House.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

The bill would create a one-year pilot program in three counties that have not yet been selected. Lawmakers could decide to implement a statewide welfare drug testing system later on.

Some Democrats voted against the bill. Representative Diane Slavens says it would unfairly hurt poor children.


The state Senate has rejected a bill that would reduce the amount of weight trucks are allowed to carry on Michigan’s roads.