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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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Radio Made in Michigan
1:45 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Michigan Treasury Department responds to criticism over tax collecting

The LSJ article reports that there are 492,000 delinquent tax accounts in the state.
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  Last Sunday’s Lansing State Journal tore into the state Department of Treasury over its alleged inability to collect delinquent tax revenue.  

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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Judge Says State Workers’ 4% Retirement Contribution is Unconstitutional

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State workers would no longer have to fork out four-percent of their salaries to keep their pensions if a judge’s ruling stands.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu January 26, 2012

East Lansing city council to interview city manager finalists

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The finalists for East Lansing city manager met with residents at a public forum Wednesday evening.

The next step in the process is today, when the city council will conduct interviews with all five.

The council is scheduled to make a selection on Friday.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with East Lansing mayor Diane Goddeeris about what she and her colleagues on the city council are looking for in the search's final days.

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