Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

Bills to allow faith-based adoption agencies to turn away LGBT couples or anyone else for religious or moral reasons were adopted Wednesday by a state House committee on party-line votes.

A state House committee could vote Wednesday on bills to shield faith-based adoption agencies from having to serve LGBT couples if the US Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage.

Attorneys for the lesbian couple challenging Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban have filed their briefs with the US Supreme Court.

The state House has adopted legislation that would exempt air-, spring-, and gas-powered guns from Michigan firearms laws.

A state House committee held a hearing Wednesday on legislation to end Michigan’s big tax breaks for film, TV, and movie projects.

A state board has approved selling bonds to come up with $50 million to help community colleges ramp up their career and technical training.


A survey of some of Michigan’s largest employers suggests more hiring is in store this year.

A new report says the Michigan Department of Transportation has done a poor job of ensuring that road builders repair problems with their work.

It looks like Michigan Republicans will hold their presidential primary on March 8th of next year.

A problem with uncashed business tax credits that threatens future state budgets is bigger than originally thought by about $3 billion.

The state House is supposed to vote before the end of the week on legislation to hold Michigan’s Republican presidential primary in March of next year.


The state Auditor General says the Michigan Department of Transportation spent millions of dollars on commuter rail cars that aren’t being used.


Michigan Republicans would vote for their presidential nominee on March 15th of next year under a bill that’s cleared the state Senate.

Governor Rick Snyder signed an order Wednesday to cut spending on state police, corrections, and health services as part of a plan to retire a deficit.


Governor Rick Snyder will present his budget proposal Wednesday including plans to tackle a deficit.


A judge has ruled there was no violation of Michigan’s open meetings act when the state Capitol was closed while the Legislature debated and voted on a right-to-work law.


Governor Rick Snyder is still in the hospital Friday.


Governor Rick Snyder’s public schedule has been cleared after he was admitted to a hospital in Ann Arbor Thursday.


A federal appeals court has upheld a multi-million dollar judgment against a man who stalked and harassed a gay University of Michigan student leader.

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s not worried about early polls that show the road funding proposal on the statewide May ballot is in trouble.


An economic study says the May ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax could also cost Michigan taxpayers $100 million more in federal income taxes.


Governor Rick Snyder addressed the Michigan Civil Rights Commission Monday.


A federal judge says the state must recognize the marriages of 300 gay and lesbian couples.

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether Michigan’s right to work law applies to state civil service workers.


Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation to raise $1.2 billion to repair roads.

The US Supreme Court could decide Friday whether to hear a legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

A new rule makes it easier for drivers who hit and kill an animal to claim their road kill.

The state Supreme Court will decide whether a woman can have her ex-husband’s parental rights revoked because he’s not the biological father of her daughter.

The Michigan Supreme Court says schools districts cannot sue the state under the Headlee Amendment for underfunding K-through-12 education.

Eleven universities and school districts will remain at risk of losing their authority to authorize new charter academies.