Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network
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Governor Rick Snyder was in Afghanistan on Wednesday to visit Michigan Air and Army Guard units.

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The debate at the state Capitol to get rid of Michigan’s tax on most industrial equipment began Wednesday with a Senate hearing.

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The first hearing will be held today on a Republican plan to phase out taxes on most industrial equipment in Michigan.

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This week’s tax filing deadline has sparked a new round of arguing between Democrats and Republicans about taxes with an eye toward elections later this year.

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Michigan is the 31st state to allow motorcyclists to ride without a helmet.

Teachers turned out by the hundreds Wednesday to pack a hearing room in Lansing. They showed up to oppose a measure that would force them to pay more for their retirement health care and pension benefits.

A group that wants to oust Governor Rick Snyder will launch its second effort to collect enough signatures to put a recall question on the November ballot. It will go before an election commission Monday, looking for permission to let the petition drive go forward.

Bills to add regulations to Michigan’s voter-approved medical marijuana law are waiting on action from the Legislature when it returns from a two-week spring break.

It’s now Governor Rick Snyder’s decision on whether to repeal Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law.

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether the state’s medical marijuana laws allows medical marijuana cardholders to sell to each other.

The state Senate plans to vote Wednesday to repeal Michigan’s motorcycle helmet requirement for riders who are 21 and older.

Governor Rick Snyder continues to defend a legally enforceable consent agreement as the best way to lift Detroit out of a financial crisis.

A political fight between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol has landed in court.

The Michigan Supreme Court -- in a decision that breaks along party-lines -- has upheld a state law that will let Republicans on the Oakland County Commission redraw their district lines.

Michigan is one of 26 states challenging federal health care reforms in a case that is going before the U. S. Supreme Court. But there is also a stalemate in state government over moving ahead with an online healthcare exchange that is part of the law that would help consumers shop for coverage.

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