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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5:42 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Governor Snyder Meets With Israeli PM On Trade Mission

Governor Rick Snyder sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday.

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5:16 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Tea Party: GOP Lawmakers Who Vote For Medicaid Bill Should Expect Primary Battles

Tea Party activists are threatening to put up primary challengers against Republican lawmakers who vote to expand Medicaid in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

State Lawmakers A Step Closer To Approving Medicaid Expansion, Overhaul

State lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan after months of debate.

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5:54 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Controversial 4-Year Limit Dropped From Medicaid Expansion Bill

State lawmakers have dropped a proposal to limit able-bodied adults to four years on Medicaid.

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NewsRoom
3:24 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

High Gas Prices Threaten Road Funding Talks In Lansing

Some state lawmakers say there could be movement this week on a plan to boost funding for Michigan roads.

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6:03 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

MI House Approves Changes To High School Graduation Requirements

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Bills to change graduation requirements for Michigan’s high school students have cleared the state House.

Critics of the Michigan Merit Curriculum say it doesn’t offer students enough flexibility.

The bills would loosen math, foreign language, and physical education requirements. Supporters say they would also make it easier for students to design graduation plans tailored to their individual goals.

Bill sponsor Ed McBroom says the changes would promote careers in high-demand skilled trades.

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Michigan Senate Approves Ban On Local Governments Setting Minimum Sick Leave

Some state lawmakers want to ban local governments from adopting new protections for sick workers.

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NewsRoom
4:37 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Legislature Finishes Work On Budget, Medicaid Expansion And Common Core On Hold

A budget for next fiscal year is awaiting Governor Rick Snyder’s signature.

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NewsRoom
3:04 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Snyder Says Expanding Medicaid This Summer Is A Top Priority

Governor Rick Snyder says he wants lawmakers to reach an agreement in the coming weeks on a plan to overhaul and expand Medicaid.

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5:07 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Rhee Applauds School Reform Efforts In Michigan, Advocates School Vouchers

A controversial figure in the national school reform debate is applauding recent efforts to transform public education in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
3:26 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Education Budget Clears State Legislature And Goes To Governor Snyder’s Desk

The state Senate has approved an education budget that would boost public school funding by about three percent.

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NewsRoom
3:35 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

State Department Of Education Budget Stalls Due To Common Core Battle

Debate over whether to drop a set of national school standards has stalled a bill to fund the Michigan Department of Education.

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NewsRoom
5:14 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

State Lawmakers Look To Tackle Medical Pot Dispensary Issues

A state House panel is looking at ways to address medical marijuana distribution in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Performance Pay For Teachers Moves Forward In State House

A state House panel has approved a plan to tie teachers’ pay to student performance.

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NewsRoom
4:43 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Changes Could Be Coming To Michigan’s Fireworks Law

Lawmakers in Lansing are considering some changes to the Michigan’s controversial new fireworks law.

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NewsRoom
5:43 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Debate Over Medicaid Expansion, Reform Continues In Lansing

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration says it’s “very skeptical” the federal government will let Michigan put a time limit on Medicaid.

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5:43 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Debate Over Medicaid Expansion, Reform Continues In Lansing

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration says it’s “very skeptical” the federal government will let Michigan put a time limit on Medicaid.

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NewsRoom
5:25 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Lawmakers Want To Reimburse Schools Forced To Change American Indian Mascots

A fight over American Indian-themed school mascots could result in a three million dollar budget cut for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

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NewsRoom
4:43 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

State Lawmakers Close To A Deal On Public Defense Overhaul

Lawmakers in the state Senate say they hope to pass an overhaul of Michigan’s public defense system in the coming weeks.

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4:55 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Snyder Administration Has Concerns About Medicaid Plan, But Says It’s A Good Start

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration is applauding state House Republicans for offering a plan to overhaul Medicaid in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

State Lawmakers Debate Merit-Based Pay For Teachers

New teachers in Michigan would be paid based primarily on student growth under a bill in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
5:44 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary, Snyder Tour EAA And DPS Schools

The Obama Administration’s top education official says public schools in Detroit are improving.

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NewsRoom
4:42 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

No Democratic Votes For No-Fault Reform In State House

A bill to overhaul Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system will not get a single “yes” vote from Democrats in the state House.

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NewsRoom
5:41 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Bills To Revoke Welfare Based On Drug Testing And School Absences Clear State House

A pair of bills that would revoke welfare benefits from some Michigan families has cleared the state House.

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NewsRoom
5:10 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

State School Takeover Bill Stalls In Senate, Republicans Want Changes

Republicans in the state Senate say it’s time to go back to the drawing board on a bill that would facilitate state takeovers of struggling schools.

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NewsRoom
4:25 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Support Building In Lansing To Change High School Graduation Requirements

A plan to change Michigan’s high school graduation requirements could be sent to the state House floor as early as next week.

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5:27 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Auto No-Fault Debate Kicks Off In Lansing

A number of people who’ve been severely injured in auto accidents were at the state Capitol Thursday.

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Snyder Administration Says “Secret Group” Not Seriously Considering School Vouchers

The Snyder administration says an education work group is not seriously discussing a voucher-like system for public schools.

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5:40 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Auto No-Fault Changes Proposed By Governor And State Lawmakers

The debate over changing Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system is underway in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
5:41 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Moves forward In State House

Michigan would begin suspicion-based drug testing of welfare recipients under a bill approved Wednesday by a state House panel.

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