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Radio Made in Michigan
2:07 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Proposal seeks return to part-time legislature

Norman Kammeraad
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Norman Kammeraad is a West Michigan business owner who chairs the Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature. The group is calling for a two-month legislative session with salaries of $35,000.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:06 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

SIDEBAR: A look at Georgia's part-time legislature

The state seal of Georgia
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If governing nearly 10-million people with a legislature that meets for just two months sounds impossible, take a trip down Interstate 75 and spend some time in the Peach State.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Congressman Rogers: State of the Union lacked substance

Cong. Mike Rogers
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President Obama shared his priorities for the new year last night in his sixth State of the Union address.  Among those goals:  narrowing the country’s income gap, in part by raising the minimum wage for federal contract employees; immigration reform; and an expansion of employee retirement savings plans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:46 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Senator Levin talks spending: unemployment insurance, FRIB

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)
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Host Mark Bashore spoke with U.S. Senator Carl Levin about a variety of topics today on Current State. They began with a look at yesterday’s failure to hammer out an extension of benefits for over a million long-term unemployed Americans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Budget surplus, education top 2014 legislative agenda

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The Michigan legislature has begun its election year session. The body will reconsider unfinished business from 2013 including an expansion of the Education Achievement Authority and road funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:58 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Right to Work, one year later

The Capitol lawn after the Right to Work protests on December 12, 2012.
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  It’s now been a year since Michigan’s controversial right-to-work measure was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder.  The law, which formally took effect last March, made it illegal to require that employees join a union as a condition of employment.

    Right-to-work triggered a stormy, sometimes violent, debate. Supporters called it an issue of worker freedom and a job creator. Opponents complained it was a flagrant attempt to undercut the power of unions and the working people who belong to them.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Wed December 11, 2013

House Dem leader Greimel on year-end legislative push

Tim Greimel leads Democrats in the state House.
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The last day of the Michigan legislature’s 2013 session is scheduled to be tomorrow.  That’s ramped up efforts by majority Republicans to pass several proposals generating a lot of debate.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Michigan legislators join national push for Constitutional Convention

State Sen. Mike Green wants to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.
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On Saturday, state lawmakers from around the country will meet at Mount Vernon to discuss how they can push for a new constitutional convention. Their primary goal is to pass and ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Stabenow bill would strengthen mental health coverage

The Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties is on East Jolly Road in Lansing.
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Earlier this year, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced a bill proponents say would better serve Americans with mental disorders.  Her "Excellence in Mental Health" measure would expand access to community mental health centers, in part by making more of them eligible for payments under Medicaid.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

New state agency nullifies more than 1,500 rules

Landscape architecture is one example of deregulation in Michigan.
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Michigan’s catalog of administrative rules, thousands of which help regulate safety and professional standards in industries across the state, has gotten thinner lately.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:41 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Gov candidate Schauer explains push for minimum wage hike

Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer says minimum wage earners deserve a raise.
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On Monday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer called for Michigan to adopt the highest minimum wage in the country.  Currently standing at $7.40 an hour, Schauer's recommended $9.25 an hour would surpass the top existing state rate in Washington by 6 cents.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:28 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Tighter NIH budget threatens pace of biomedical research

Dr. Sally Rockey of the National Institutes of Health says NIH funding is important to American universities.
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Among the many federal government agencies and programs affected by the across the board spends cuts known as the sequestration, which took effect last March, is the National Institutes of Health.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:52 am
Mon November 18, 2013

State senate bill protects 'dark money,' stirs debate

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Last Thursday, Senate Republicans rushed through a bill that would alter campaign finance rules in Michigan. The changes include doubling the limits nearly across the board on campaign contributions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Flint formalizes plan for future

Imagine Flint Land Use Workshops were held this summer.
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Flint is a city that has lost half its population over the last 50 years.  Its poverty rate far exceeds the state average.  And across the nation, Flint bears the harsh moniker of the “murder capital of America.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

‘Pure Michigan Waste’ campaign aims to streamline government work force

Two years after it first suggested reforms to streamline and improve front line services to Michigan citizens, the Coalition of State Employee Unions says the state has failed to improve its human capital strategy.
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Michigan government services are inefficient and expensive because important reforms are not taking place.That’s the conclusion of a new report from a coalition of state employee labor unions entitled “Pure Michigan Waste.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Controller: Court of Claims move could set county back $500K

Controller Tim Dolehanty says the plan to shift the Court of Claims to the state Court of Appeals took Ingham County officials by surprise.
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Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Bill Collette is critical of legislation that would move the Michigan Court of Claims from Ingham County to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Current State spoke with Ingham County Controller Tim Dolehanty about the impact such a move might have on the county.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:19 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Election 2013 recap: In short, Mayor Bernero wins

Incumbent Brian Jeffries lost his seat on the Lansing city council to Judi Brown Clarke.
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Voters re-elected Virg Bernero by a wide margin to a third term as mayor of Lansing yesterday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Current State #191 | October 30, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing mayor Virg Bernero; the Lakewood Area Choral Society; and flipped schools.

Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Election 2013: Second Ward's Tina Houghton shares priorities

Tina Houghton represents Lansing's second ward on the city council. Her challenger is Charles Hoffmeyer.
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Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with a look at the campaign for Lansing City Council in the second ward. Incumbent Tina Houghton is challenged by newcomer Charles Hoffmeyer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:14 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Election 2013: At-Large candidates Clarke, Jeffries outline priorities

Lansing city council at-large candidates Brian Jeffries (left) and Judi Brown Clarke (right), with host Mark Bashore.
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Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with two of the candidates for the Lansing City Council: Brian Jeffries and Judi Brown Clarke.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Ingham Clerk Byrum decries gay marriage delay, blasts AG

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum had hoped to issue marriage licenses to gay couples yesterday.
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Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages remains in place. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman chose to hold a trial in February in the case in which a lesbian couple from Hazel Park is seeking to overturn the state’s laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and entering into joint adoptions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Lansing State Rep. Andy Schor pursues school reforms

State Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing) proposes letting schools open before Labor Day, and would let at-risk schools stretch instruction days throughout the year.
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Rep. Andy Schor is in his first term representing Michigan’s 68th House District.  The Lansing Democrat recently introduced two bills involving schooling in the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutdown shockwave ripples through Lansing area's human services

Federal workers protested the government shutdown in Washington on Tuesday.
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As we enter the second day of a partial government shutdown, it’s still uncertain just how much impact this will have across the state and locally. One thing is certain, however.  The longer this continues, the greater the effects will be. More than 40% of the state’s budget comes from the federal government. In the Tri-County area, there are many non-profits and government programs that rely on federal funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Month in Review: September 2013 | WKAR

On the last weekday of each month, Current State looks back on the biggest news stories around Michigan with a panel of journalists. Tim Skubick of WKAR-TV and Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network join Current State to discuss the Michigan GOP establishment pushback against the Tea Party, common core education standards, the possible federal government shutdown, and more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:21 am
Fri September 27, 2013

U.S. played crucial role in Pinochet's coup, declassified documents reveal

Augusto Pinochet rose to power in Chile in 1973, with the help of the CIA.
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This month marks the 40th anniversary of the coup in Chile which elevated General Augusto Pinochet to power.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:54 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Pam Byrnes aims to unseat Walberg in 7th District

Pam Byrnes has been working in China as Executive Director of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute.
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Michigan Democrats hope a former State lawmaker can unseat Republican incumbent Tim Walberg in the 7th Congressional district next year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:51 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Detroit files bankruptcy protection, then what?

Gov. Rick Snyder said the city of Detroit needs a “radically restructure” and bankruptcy is the "only feasible option" to fix the city's finances. But many worry about the potential impact to municipalities’ bonding credit and state employees’ pension plan.
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A much-feared -- but widely anticipated -- day arrived yesterday in Michigan’s largest city.  Officials filed a 16-page bankruptcy petition on behalf of the city of Detroit in U.S. Court, making the city the largest municipal bankruptcy in the U.S. history.

Gov. Rick Snyder authorized the filing yesterday after efforts by state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr failed to satisfy numerous creditors. According to reports, the city owes as many as 100,000 creditors and  accrued obligation is as much as $20 billion.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Michigan's woeful record on government transparency one of nation's worst

As NSA leaker Edward Snowden makes his way from Moscow to, what sounds like, Cuba or Venezuela today, the debate across the country continues over government transparency and what sorts of things the public has a right to know about its government’s actions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:22 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Dispute over Ingham circuit court recordkeeping suggests changes ahead

A minor turf war over public records is taking shape in Ingham County.

While the dispute is being downplayed by its two participants---Clerk Barb Byrum and Chief Circuit Court Judge Janelle Lawless---some observers suggest it’s symptomatic of a larger, ongoing problem:  poor public access to documents.

Current State host Mark Bashore visited with both Barb Byrum and Judge Janelle Lawless to learn more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Current State #64 | April 11, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan Treasury reacts to tax collection criticism; preview of Latin IS America festival; and MSU and Lansing come together to cover Monteverdi's "Vespers of 1610." 

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