Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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NewsRoom
7:31 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Film Subsidy Boost Part Of Budget Deal

The Legislature is expected to adopt a budget deal this week that includes doubling the amount of money set aside to subsidize making movies, TV shows, and commercials in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
9:06 am
Fri May 25, 2012

State Shakes Up Prisons Around Michigan

The state Department of Corrections plans to close two prisons and convert one of them to a holding facility for alleged parole violators.

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Income Tax Rollback Grows More Likely

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It appears a budget deal between Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders could include an election year tax cut.

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NewsRoom
6:10 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Bill Would Exempt Booze in Pouches from Bottle Deposit Law

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There’s a debate underway in Lansing on whether to extend the 10-cent bottle deposit to alcoholic beverages sold in pouches.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Court Rules Review Teams Can Meet in Secret

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Review teams that recommend whether a city or school district should be taken over by a state-appointed emergency manager don’t have to meet in public.

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NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

MI Catholic Conference Sues Obama Administration

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The Michigan Catholic Conference is in federal court in an effort to reverse an Obama administration rule that requires employer health plans to cover contraception.

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NewsRoom
7:58 am
Mon May 21, 2012

School Employees Would Face Higher Benefits Costs Under House Plan

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A state House committee goes to work this morning on a plan that would force teachers and other school employees to pay more for their retirement benefits. 

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

MI GOP Convention To Be in Detroit

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About 2,500 Michigan Republicans gather in Detroit this weekend for their party’s spring convention.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Court of Appeals to Rule on EM Referendum

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It’s up to the Michigan Court of Appeals now to determine whether voters will get to approve or reject the state’s emergency manager law.

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NewsRoom
6:14 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Senate OKs Bill Ending Pensions for New Teachers

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The Michigan Senate has passed legislation that would end pensions for newly hired public school employees and switch them into a 401 (k)-style retirement plan.
 
The Republican-led Senate on Thursday passed the measure that includes many changes to the state's public school employees' retirement system. The bill now goes to the House.
 
A key provision would end the pension plan for teachers hired after July 1, 2013.
 

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NewsRoom
7:06 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

April Jobless Rate Drops to 8.3% Amid Reports of Slow Improvement

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Michigan’s unemployment rate fell to 8.3% in April – a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point.

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NewsRoom
7:02 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

State Rep Relaunches as a Republican

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State Representative Roy Schmidt took his seat Wednesday on the Republican side of the state House chamber for the first time since he stunned Democrats by switching parties without warning.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

GOP Senate Primary Could Be Crowded

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Four candidates have filed to run in Michigan’s Republican U.S. Senate primary.

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NewsRoom
6:57 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Calley: Individual Tax Cut Could Be Part of Business Tax Rollback

An election year tax cut could be in the offing for individual filers in Michigan. State House Republican leaders say they want to bring that into the discussions on phasing out a tax on industrial equipment.

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NewsRoom
6:34 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Snyder Asks Congress to Adopt National Plan to Collect Taxes on Internet Sales

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Governor Rick Snyder is asking Congress to adopt a federal plan to help states collect sales taxes on Internet purchases.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Senate Votes to Phase Out Industrial Tax

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The state Senate voted Thursday to phase out a tax on most industrial and business property in Michigan. 

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Humane Society Brings Survivor Dog 'Daniel' to Capitol

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A dog that survived being put down in a pet shelter gas chamber paid a visit to the state Capitol Thursday. Daniel and his owner Joe Dwyer of Nutley, New Jersey tour the country to campaign against the use of gas chambers by pet shelters.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Veterans Would Qualify for Residential Tuition Rates Under Bills

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Some state lawmakers want to give returning veterans a break on tuition at public universities and community colleges if they settle in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Court Says Pastor May Not Testify on Confession

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The state Court of Appeals says a Baptist pastor may not testify about the confession allegedly made to him by a member of his congregation.

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Election 2012
6:31 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

At LCC, Romney Says Recovery Taking Too Long Under Obama

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Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney returned to Michigan on Tuesday to deliver an address at Lansing Community College.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Democrats Want to Shift Energy Grants to Loan Fund

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Some Democrats at the state Capitol say Michigan should offer loans instead of grants to help businesses that want to break into the alternative energy field.

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Election 2012
7:17 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Mitt Romney To Visit Lansing

Mitt Romney on the campaign trail.
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Mitt Romney will make his first visit to Michigan this week since the state’s February presidential primary. The apparent Republican presidential nominee will deliver a speech in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

EM Law Repeal Effort Goes to Court

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The campaign to repeal Michigan’s emergency manager law is in court trying to force the state to put the referendum on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:56 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

House Approves Medical Marijuana Amendments

The state House has approved the first amendments to Michigan’s medical marijuana law since it was approved by voters in 2008.

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NewsRoom
6:51 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Court of Appeals Hears Open Meetings Lawsuit

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It is now up to the Michigan Court of Appeals to decide whether state financial review teams must meet in public.

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NewsRoom
6:40 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Industrial Tax Phase-Out Moves to Senate Floor

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A state Senate panel voted along party lines for a plan to phase out Michigan’s tax on most industrial equipment.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Lawmaker Would Allow Marijuana Dispensaries

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A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a measure to make medical marijuana dispensaries legal in communities that want them.

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NewsRoom
7:07 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

DEQ Approves First Permit for Western UP Copper and Silver Mine

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A company that wants to open a mine in the Upper Peninsula has cleared its first hurdle with state regulators. Orvana Resources hopes to start operations in 2014. 

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NewsRoom
5:56 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Industrial Tax Rewrite Expected To Move Forward

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The effort to phase out Michigan’s tax on industrial equipment is expected to clear a major hurdle this week as a state Senate committee wraps up hearings on the plan.

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NewsRoom
6:39 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

State Notifies Families They Can Re-apply for Cash Assistance

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Thousands of families in Michigan cut off from welfare benefits will get a notice soon in the mail telling them they may still qualify for cash assistance.

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