Rick Pluta

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A recent report could serve as a blueprint for overhauling the state corrections system and saving taxpayers money. It aligns with Governor Rick Snyder’s plans to save money on prisons, not winning support from the Legislature is a different story.

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Coming up with more money for roads is a big topic of discussion this week on an island with no cars. The key issue: can the legislature finally come up with more than a billion dollars in new revenue for transportation.

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State Senator Virgil Smith has been charged with multiple gun and assault felonies.

State Senator Virgil Smith is expected to be a no-show when the Senate gavels into session Tuesday.


Some Democrats are hinting a ballot campaign could be in the works to make Michigan a graduated income tax state.


People who were wrongfully convicted would be entitled to $60 thousand for each year they spent in prison under legislation unveiled Thursday at the state Capitol.


A state board has agreed to let the Detroit Public Schools re-finance part of its debt as part of a plan to manage a fiscal crisis.


Governor Rick Snyder spent the last day before Election Day campaigning for Proposal One.


The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered a state utility board to take another look at “smart meters” and how much utilities can charge customers who don’t want to use them.


Eighteen schools in Detroit were closed Thursday as teachers and other staff skipped classes to protest at the state Capitol.


Michigan is now waiting for the US Supreme Court to make its decision on same-sex marriage bans.


A state House committee has approved some big changes to Michigan’s no-fault law.

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State Representative Tom Leonard chairs the House Insurance Committee. He says this will save consumers money.

“There is a mandatory rate rollback of 100 dollars per vehicle that has been put in this bill,” he says.


Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Betty Weaver has died at the age of 74.


An overhaul of Michigan’s no-fault insurance law is moving quickly through the Legislature, where a House committee has opened hearings on the issue.


After almost two decades, the state Capitol in Lansing will re-open for the public to visit on Saturdays.


Rick Snyder says one of his long-term ambitions is to improve Michigan’s access to electricity by extending the power grid to connect the upper and lower peninsulas.


Wolf hunting opponents have filed a lawsuit challenging the state law that circumvented voter referendums on the question.


Governor Rick Snyder says he would veto a Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act if the Legislature sends it to him.


The legal team fighting Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban has settled on a well-known litigator for LGBT rights to argue the case before the US Supreme Court.


Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office has delivered the state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban to the US Supreme Court.


The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected a lawmaker’s attempt to use legislative immunity to fend off a sexual harassment lawsuit.


State lawmakers are taking bites out of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation budget.


Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in 14 years.


The state House has begun an effort to scrub outdated laws from the books and shrink the size of Michigan’s criminal code.


The state House is poised to vote Wednesday that would allow faith-based adoption agencies in Michigan to turn away couples based on a religious objection to their lifestyle.


A state Auditor General’s report has found problems with Michigan’s bridge inspection program.


The state office tasked with monitoring Michigan’s lowest performing schools will be put under the direct control of Governor Rick Snyder.


Governor Rick Snyder will deliver an address Friday on Michigan’s energy future.


A state House committee opened hearings Wednesday on overhauling Michigan’s energy strategy.

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s opposed to abruptly scrapping Michigan’s incentives to attract film and video productions.