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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NewsRoom
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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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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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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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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6:04 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Animal Rights Groups Urge State Lawmakers To Toughen Cruelty Laws

State lawmakers are taking up several bills that have animal rights groups either cheering or sneering.

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NewsRoom
6:08 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Michigan Democrats Mark Tax Day With Bills For “Middle Class Tax Relief”

State House Democrats spent “tax day” pushing a plan to repeal several state tax policies.

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5:40 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Michigan Senate Democrats Try To Force Vote On Pension Tax Before April 15th Deadline

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With the tax filing deadline right around the corner, Michigan Democrats are attacking what they call unfair Republican tax policies.

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6:08 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Changes To Michigan Merit Curriculum

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The state would change its high school graduation requirements under a plan in the state House.

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NewsRoom
5:45 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

House Budget Panel Approves Cutting 1,000-Plus Human Service Workers

The Michigan Department of Human Services would lose more than a thousand workers under a plan in the state House.

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5:42 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

State House Democrats’ Budget Demands Higher School Funding, Medicaid Expansion

State House Democrats say they want to spend an additional half billion dollars on public education and cut taxes for middle-class families.

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NewsRoom
3:29 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Plan To Raise Sales Tax To Pay For Roads May Be Gaining Momentum

State lawmakers return from a two-week break next week. One of the most pressing issues they’ll need to tackle is funding for roads.

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NewsRoom
5:17 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Plan To Overhaul Public Defense Gets Boost From State Court Of Appeals

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Supporters of a plan to overhaul the state’s public defense system are getting a boost from a recent court decision.

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NewsRoom
4:42 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Lawsuit To Toss Out Right-To-Work Goes To Court This Week

A lawsuit aimed at repealing Michigan’s new right-to-work law will have its first day in court Wednesday.

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NewsRoom
4:42 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Youth Sports Concussion Law Takes Effect

Student athletes who show signs of a concussion must be removed from games immediately under a law that takes effect Monday.

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