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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
3:20 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Michigan Gay Rights Activists Get Victory In An Unlikely Place

A new state law to fund harbor dredging is giving gay rights activists an unusual reason to celebrate.

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NewsRoom
5:44 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Police focusing on education, not enforcement, with teen driver cell phone ban The state’s new cell

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The state’s new cell phone ban for drivers under the age of 17 takes effect Thursday.

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NewsRoom
4:43 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Governor Snyder Approves Funding For Emergency Harbor Dredging

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Close to 60 Michigan harbors should be dredged in time for the summer boating season.

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NewsRoom
3:36 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Flint Council Expected To Ask Governor Snyder To Remove EM

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The Flint City Council plans to vote Monday to take the first step toward phasing out the city’s emergency manager.

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NewsRoom
5:16 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Governor Snyder Praises Michigan House For Passing EAA Bill

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Governor Rick Snyder is applauding the Michigan House for approving legislation that would expand a state-run authority for struggling schools.

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NewsRoom
4:42 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Emergency Harbor Dredging Funds Head To Governor Snyder’s Desk

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State lawmakers have answered Governor Rick Snyder’s call to fund emergency harbor dredging.

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NewsRoom
5:22 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

State Lawmakers Move To Cut School And University Funding Over RTW Debate

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A state budget panel has voted to cut state funding to schools and universities that agree to new long-term union contracts before the end of the month.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Gov. Snyder OK's Blue Cross Overhaul

The state’s largest health insurer will be able to play by the same rules as its competitors under legislation signed Monday by Governor Rick Snyder.

Governor Snyder got a standing ovation at Blue Cross headquarters in Detroit after signing the bills. Discussions about overhauling the company have been going on for years. 

Snyder says the changes are long overdue.

“The last major change to the legislation involving Blue Cross goes back to 1980," says Snyder.  "Just as a general rule, looking every 30, 40 years to update is probably a good idea!"

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NewsRoom
5:15 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Action On Health Care “Moral Objections” Bill Delayed

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Action appears to have stalled on a state Senate bill that would let health care insurers and providers choose not to offer services based on their moral objections.

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NewsRoom
5:11 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

State Lawmakers Laying Groundwork For Emergency Harbor Dredging

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Plans to pay for and facilitate emergency harbor dredging in the Great Lakes are moving through the state Legislature.

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NewsRoom
3:38 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Bear Cub Petting Zoo Bill Headed To Governor Snyder’s Desk

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Governor Rick Snyder will have final say on a bill that would let tourists handle and take pictures with bear cubs.

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NewsRoom
5:43 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Fight Over Right-To-Work And School Contracts Heats Up, Ferris State faculty Files Complaint

The top Democrat in the state House says Republican lawmakers are trying to bully schools and universities into rejecting new union contracts.

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NewsRoom
9:07 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Environmental Groups Attack Harbor Dredging Bills

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A battle over how to pay for emergency harbor dredging is brewing in Lansing. Environmental groups are criticizing plans to tap the state’s Natural Resources Trust Fund. They say it would threaten the state’s ability to buy and improve parks and public land.

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NewsRoom
3:54 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Gov. Snyder Declares Financial Emergency in Detroit

Governor Rick Snyder says he agrees with a financial review team's finding that Detroit faces a financial emergency.
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Governor Rick Snyder is a step closer to appointing an emergency financial manager for Detroit. He announced today that he agrees with a financial review team’s finding that the city faces a financial emergency.

The Detroit City Council now has 10 days to get a financial plan in place and ask the governor to change his mind.

Snyder expects to appoint someone soon after that.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:38 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

State Lawmakers Wrangle Over Plan To Add Money To Michigan’s Rainy Day Fund

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Lawmakers in Lansing are beginning the months-long task of approving a budget for the next fiscal year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:34 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Michigan House Passes Bill To Set Up State-Federal Healthcare Exchange

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A bill to accept federal money for a healthcare exchange in Michigan is on its way to the state Senate.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:56 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

State House Panel Votes To Accept Federal Dollars To Set Up Healthcare Exchange

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State lawmakers are a step closer to establishing a state web site where people can shop for health insurance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:25 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Democrats Push Plan To Increase Tax Credit For Low Income Residents

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Democrats in Lansing want to restore the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income residents.

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NewsRoom
4:46 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

MI Business Leaders Want Fast Boost in Road Funding

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Michigan business leaders say they’re afraid state lawmakers may miss their best chance to raise the money needed to repair roads.

Governor Rick Snyder has had a tough time selling his plan to increase road spending to the legislature. It would raise the state’s gas tax and vehicle registration fees to boost road funding by more than $1 billion a year.

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce's Jim Holcomb says state officials have to come to an agreement, and fast.

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NewsRoom
7:45 am
Mon February 25, 2013

State Republicans Urge Lawmakers To Change How Michigan Gives Out Electoral Votes

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Michigan Republicans said this weekend they want to change the course of future presidential races by changing how the state allocates its electoral votes. Delegates to the state GOP convention voted overwhelmingly to support the proposal.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Blue Cross Overhaul Headed To House Floor Without Abortion Language

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A state House panel has decided not to add controversial abortion language to a proposed overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:58 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

State House Panel Moves To Keep Legal Blood Alcohol Limit At .08

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State lawmakers say letting Michigan’s drunken driving limit increase to .10% would be a mistake.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:42 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

State House Approves Bill To Add More People To Sex Offender Registry

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A bill to expand the state’s public sex offender registry is a step closer to becoming law.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:12 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

State Senate Majority Leader Says He’ll Fight To Preserve Film Incentives

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The state Senate’s top Republican says he’ll once again try to ward off big cuts to Michigan’s film industry credits.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

State Senate Approves Bear Cub Petting Zoos

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Legislation to lift restrictions on bear petting zoos in Michigan is a step closer to becoming law.

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