Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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6:29 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Snyder Says He’s Still Willing to Work with Legislature on Health Care Law

Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes Republican lawmakers will act before the end of the summer to create an online place for people to comparison shop for health coverage.

The governor and Republicans in the state House have been at odds over the health care exchanges called for in the federal Affordable Care Act. GOP leaders say they wanted to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule before acting. Now that the court has upheld the law, Republicans say they still have a lot of questions.

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NewsRoom
6:28 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Dem Chair Brewer Re-Files Campaign Complaint on Bolger, GOP Staff

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The chair of the Michigan Democratic Party says a prosecutor’s report shows his complaint of election law violations deserves another look. Mark Brewer says state House Speaker Jase Bolger and other Republicans used state resources to plot a lawmaker’s defection to the GOP and put a fake Democrat on the ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Protesters Abound at Legislature’s Only Session Day in July

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The Legislature’s only session day in July was a magnet that drew protesters to Lansing.

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NewsRoom
3:41 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Democrats Call for House Inquiry into Actions by Schmidt, Bolger

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Democrats at the state Capitol are calling for an investigation into whether House Speaker Jase Bolger and state Representative Roy Schmidt broke ethics rules.

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NewsRoom
7:12 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Superintendent: School Funding Reform Should Include Early Childhood, College

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The state’s education chief says money for early childhood education and community colleges needs to be part of fixing Michigan’s school funding system.

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NewsRoom
7:06 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Juvenile Lifer Ruling Requires Authorities to Track Down Victims

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A state House committee held a hearing Tuesday on what Michigan needs to do to comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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NewsRoom
6:28 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

School Funding Overhaul Could Be on The Way

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An overhaul of Michigan’s school funding system is in the works. Governor Rick Snyder wants to include school funding reform in his budget proposal next year.

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NewsRoom
6:22 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Criminal Justice Hearings Begin This Week At Capitol

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Two hearings this week at the state Capitol will address problems in Michigan’s criminal justice system.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Complaints Continue on MI Fireworks Law

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Some state lawmakers are already discussing possible changes to Michigan’s new fireworks law.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Snyder Might Sign Voter ID Bill

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s open to re-visiting three controversial elections bills he vetoed recently.

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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

It Looks Like a Primary in The 11th Congressional District

Taxpayers might be able dodge the $650,000 cost of a special primary to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Congressman Thad McCotter. But only if the election is cancelled due to a lack of candidates.

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NewsRoom
6:38 am
Thu July 12, 2012

MI Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments On PA 4 Referendum

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The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on whether a referendum on Michigan’s emergency manager law should appear on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:41 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Business Groups Form “Vote No” Coalition

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A coalition of business groups will urge voters to say “no” to every question that appears on the November ballot.

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Election 2012
6:37 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Special Election Called to Fill McCotter Seat

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has called a special election to fill the vacancy created by the sudden resignation last week of Congressman Thad McCotter.

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Electin 2012
6:38 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Four More Campaigns File Questions for November Ballot

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Monday was the deadline for ballot campaigns to turn in their petitions. A total of six questions and a referendum have filed to appear on the November ballot.

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Electino 2012
6:21 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Today Is Deadline For Filing Ballot Petitions

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The deadline is here for ballot campaigns to submit petition signatures to get their questions in front of voters this fall. There could be half a dozen or more questions on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Renewable Energy Campaign Files for November Ballot

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The campaign to get voters to place renewable energy standards in the Michigan Constitution filed petition signatures Friday to get on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:16 am
Fri July 6, 2012

550,000 Names Support Health Workers' Ballot Question

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A campaign to guarantee union bargaining rights for home health care workers says it will turn in more than half a million signatures to get on the statewide ballot.

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NewsRoom
8:04 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Landowners Still Need Approval to Dig Up Beaches

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Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation recently that allows Great Lakes property owners to use tillers to dig up plants on the shoreline as long as they get a federal permit. But another fight is brewing over relaxing environmental rules to make it easier for developers to build on sand dunes.

Michigan has very stringent rules that prohibit building on environmentally sensitive dunes. Developers say it is possible to build on dunes set back from the shoreline without harming the view, or causing other environmental damage.

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NewsRoom
6:37 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Snyder Vetoes GOP-Backed Election Measures

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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed bills sent to him by the Republican-led Legislature that would have required people to show a photo I-D, and affirm their U.S. citizenship by checking a box on a form before they could get an absentee ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Senator: Representing Children, Mentally Ill Should Be Public Defense Specialty

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Hearings are supposed to begin this summer on plans to ensure poor defendants get a fair shake in the legal system.

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NewsRoom
6:56 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Fire danger high as July 4th holiday grows close

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Dry conditions across much of Michigan have fire safety officials on high alert. Governor Rick Snyder is considering a ban on open burning across much of the state, but won’t prohibit fireworks before the July Fourth holiday.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Snyder Signs Income Tax Cut

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a reduction in the state income tax.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Emergency Manager Case Goes to Michigan Supreme Court

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The group that’s trying to keep a referendum on Michigan’s emergency manager law off the November ballot has taken its case to the state Supreme Court.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Advocates Say It’s Time for Michigan to Enact Healthcare Law

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There are differences of opinion at the state Capitol on how to proceed with complying with the federal health care law now that it’s been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Court says State Agency can Impose Welfare Time Limits

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The Michigan Court of Appeals says the state Department of Human Services can cut off cash assistance welfare benefits to people who hit the federal time limit – even if they have time remaining on their state benefits.

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NewsRoom
6:32 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Michigan Officials Brace for Health Care Decision

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Michigan officials are waiting to see how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the federal health care law championed by President Obama.

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NewsRoom
8:31 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Snyder Signs New State Budget, Turns to Summer Priorities

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Now that the budget’s done, Governor Rick Snyder goes to work on his goals for the balance of the summer. He spent a few minutes with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta just after he signed the new state budget.

RICK PLUTA:  Governor, thanks for sitting down with us.  So, just name one thing in this budget that you consider to be a really major accomplishment.

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NewsRoom
6:21 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Governor Signs Budget; Says Tax Cut Will Boost Economy

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed the new state budget. It’s a spending plan he says leaves room for an election year tax rollback.

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