Michigan politics

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The city of Escanaba is taking on big box stores in the Michigan Supreme Court. The city says the home improvement store Menards is dodging taxes.

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The state Senate has adopted a criminal justice overhaul that aims to improve public safety by sending fewer people to prison.

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The so-called “tampon tax” has got to go. That’s the message of lawmakers in both chambers of the state Legislature.

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Michigan and Louisiana are the only two states that don’t apply their public records laws to the legislature and the governor’s office. A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers have rolled out bills to change that.

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Gov. Rick Snyder says President Trump has opened a “much-needed” national conversation on immigration with his order that limits travel from seven majority-Muslim nations.

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Lawmakers are considering a repeal of a law that allows the state to shut down low-performing schools.

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What are the takeaways from Michigan news in January? That’s what we attend to every 30 days on Current State’s Month in Review.

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Michigan Senators are making a big push for prison and parole reform this year. Over 20 of the 52 bills introduced during session last week were about criminal justice changes.

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A federal judge has rejected Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to weigh in on a lawsuit related to the Flint water crisis, and said “superficial posturing” might be delaying a resolution.

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A battle has been averted over leadership of the Michigan Republican Party. One of two contenders for the post of state party chair has dropped out.

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Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a brief against the American Bar Association. A discrimination case was filed last month in the United States Supreme Court.

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It’s looking like “prevailing wage” will be an issue in the Legislature’s new session. It deals with pay rates for construction workers on publicly funded projects. And, it’s an issue that divides Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders.

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A Michigan department needs to do more to follow its own regulations on bottled water inspection. That was the message of an audit released Wednesday by the Office of the Auditor General.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has set a goal of getting Michigan’s population above 10 million people before the next US Census. It was part of the governor’s seventh State of the State address delivered at the state Capitol.


Michigan State of the State 2017

Jan 17, 2017
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's seventh State of the State Address. WATCH IT NOW

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