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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5:39 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Muslims In Michigan Prisons Will Get Halal Meals Under Settlement With State

Thousands of Muslim inmates in Michigan will have access to meals that comply with their religious beliefs.

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NewsRoom
4:44 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Governor Snyder Expected To Give Energy Policy Address Next Month

A year after calling for more research into the state’s energy policies, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to give an address next month on his new energy priorities.

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NewsRoom
3:27 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Schauer: Raising Minimum Wage Would Be A Top Priority If Elected Governor

The likely Democratic candidate for governor in 2014 says raising Michigan’s minimum wage would be one of his top priorities in office.

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Michigan Senate Panel Formed To See How Teachers Unions Are Obeying Right To Work Law

Accusations that teachers unions are breaking Michigan’s new right to work law could take center stage this week in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
5:10 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

State House Passes Ban On Bridge Cards At Liquor Store, Casino, And Strip Club ATMs

Michigan is one step closer to banning bridge card holders from using ATMs inside liquor stores, casinos, and strip clubs.

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NewsRoom
5:44 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Governor Snyder Signs Tax Cut For Michiganders Who Trade In Vehicles

Governor Snyder hopes the new law will be a boost for the state’s auto and tourism industry, as well as taxpayers.
Credit Jake Neher MPRN

Starting next month, Michigan car, boat, and RV buyers will get a tax break if they trade in old vehicles.

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NewsRoom
5:25 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

State House Approves Moving Lawsuits Against The State Out Of Ingham County

Legislation that would change the way lawsuits filed against the state are handled is headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.

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NewsRoom
4:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Early Childhood Advocates Say Recent State Investment In Preschool Not Enough

Capital Area Community Services, Inc. has added over 275 children to its preschool program this year because of the state’s $65 million expansion of Great Start.
Credit Jake Neher MPRN

Early childhood advocates say Michigan is not doing enough to help low-income kids succeed.

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NewsRoom
4:28 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

State House Takes Aim At Scrap Metal Thieves

Bills meant to crack down on scrap metal theft in Michigan are one step closer to becoming law.

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NewsRoom
5:17 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

School Safety Drill Legislation Clears State House

Michigan schools would have to be more transparent about how they conduct emergency safety drills under a bill in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
3:24 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Craft Brewing Bills Move Forward In State House

A state House panel has unanimously approved bills meant to help Michigan craft brewers.

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NewsRoom
4:24 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

State Lawmakers Look To Crack Down On Trophy Buck Poachers

State lawmakers are looking at ways to crack down on illegal trophy buck hunting in Michigan. A state House panel is expected to take up the legislation Tuesday.

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NewsRoom
3:16 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Medical Marijuana Patients Could Use “Edibles” Under Bill In State Legislature

Medical marijuana patients in Michigan would be able to use edible forms of the drug under a proposal in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
5:41 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Bill To End Automatic Life Sentences For Juveniles Clears State Senate

People serving mandatory life sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles would not get a chance at re-sentencing, under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate.

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NewsRoom
4:10 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

State Senate OKs Funding For Common Core

After months of debate over a set of new school standards, both chambers of the Michigan Legislature have approved plans to move forward with the Common Core.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Michigan Car Buyers Could Soon Get Tax Break On Trade-ins

Michigan car buyers who trade in old vehicles for new ones would get a tax break under bills in the state Legislature.

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NewsRoom
4:41 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Unemployment Drug Testing Bill Clears State Senate

People who fail or refuse to take a drug test as part of a job search could see their unemployment benefits revoked.

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NewsRoom
5:43 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Senate Panel Approves Cutting Off Unemployment For Failed Drug Test

Michiganders who fail or refuse to take a drug test as part of a job search would lose their unemployment benefits under a bill in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Common Core Funding Plan Unveiled In State Senate

After weeks of negotiations, the state Senate has unveiled its plan to continue funding for state school standards.

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NewsRoom
5:45 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Budget Leader In Michigan Senate Blasts State Lease Of Belle Isle

A key Republican lawmaker in Lansing is blasting a plan to make Detroit’s Belle Isle a state park.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Kevin Clinton To Replace Dillon As State Treasurer

Governor Rick Snyder is wasting no time finding a new state treasurer after Andy Dillon’s resignation last week.

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NewsRoom
3:34 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Federal Shutdown Forces State To Take Steps Toward Public Worker Layoffs

The federal shutdown is forcing the state to take its first step toward laying off thousands of public employees.

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NewsRoom
4:41 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Delay Creates $73 Million Hole In State Budget

Another fight related to Medicaid expansion could be coming soon in the state Legislature.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Snyder Deposition Goes Public, Claims He Doesn’t Know NERD Fund Donors

Governor Rick Snyder says he doesn’t know who donates to his so-called “NERD” fund.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Unions Question Governor Snyder Under Oath About Detroit Bankruptcy

Governor Rick Snyder testified under oath today Tuesday about Detroit’s historic bankruptcy filing.

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NewsRoom
5:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New Bill Seeks To Protect Students’ Privacy, Bans Personal Information On Tests

The debate over a set of school standards known as the Common Core has sparked bipartisan concerns about student privacy.

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NewsRoom
5:25 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Last Call! Bill Would Let Downtown Bars And Restaurants Serve Alcohol Until 4am

Some state lawmakers say Michigan bars and restaurants in downtown areas should be able to serve alcohol until 4am.

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NewsRoom
3:23 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Early Enrollment For Medicaid Expansion Delayed

Most states that have decided to expand their Medicaid programs under the federal Affordable Care Act started signing people up Tuesday.

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NewsRoom
3:32 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Michigan Moves A Step Closer To Privatizing Prison Food Service

Unions that represent prison food service workers are blasting state officials for moving to privatize those services.

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NewsRoom
5:27 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Audit Finds Problems With Oil And Gas Regulation In Michigan

A new report shows almost 70% of actively producing oil and gas wells in Michigan are not being inspected as often as the state intends.

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