Michigan’s fiscal year 2014 budget is due in six weeks. In the midst of the always intriguing process, Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, joins Current State. Schor has also been active in May launching and announcing support for measures involving voting reform, gun control and women’s health.
Today, he talks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the ongoing budget proposals, Medicaid expansion, the possible use of an unanticipated revenue increase, his voting reform bills, and more.
Today on Current State: House Minority leader Tim Greimel; the MSU Wind Symphony performs at the Latin IS America Festival; Niowave pole barn dispute comes to an end; the Greater Lansing African American Health Institute; and the impact of flooding on agriculture.
Democratic State Representative Tim Greimel is serving his first full term in the Michigan House. It’s also his first as the leader of his party’s caucus.
Representative Greimel speaks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the Snyder administration's education project, his party’s struggle for influence in the GOP-majority legislature and likely Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate and Governor.
From the appointment of Detroit’s emergency manager to the ongoing fallout from Right to Work, March was a dramatic month in Michigan. And in Lansing, officials finally unveiled a controversial plan to address the city’s long-term structural budget shortfalls.
Sometimes concurrently and sometimes separately, Barb and Dianne Byrum have represented the Lansing area either in the state legislature, at Ingham County or at Michigan State University for most of the past 25 years. The democratic mother-daughter duo continues to be influential: Barb as a first-term Ingham County Clerk and her mother as a Michigan State University trustee. Together, they join Current State and talk about issues, politics, the future and each other.
Three and a half months after its stormy journey through the state legislature, Michigan’s Right-to-Work law is about to take effect. Two guests with opposing views of the controversial law join Current State to update the debate. Jim Holcomb is General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which supports the law. Doug Pratt is a spokesperson for the Michigan Education Association, which opposes it.
Current Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel recently announced his plans to run for state Senate for 2014. As of now, he is the only democrat seeking to replace Gretchen Whitmer, who will reach her term limit come 2014.
Current State speaks with Hertel on his future plans for the position.
In reaction to the provision, Wayne State University issued a press release which calls the legislation “punishment” for a proposed contract within the legal requirements of Michigan’s Right to Work law.
Yesterday the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee proposed a plan that would cut state revenue to universities that approve new long-term contracts with faculty unions. Several schools including the University of Michigan and Wayne State University have been pursuing the new contracts to delay the impact of Michigan’s new Right to Work law, which is set to take effect next week.
Democratic State Representative Sam Singh of East Lansing sits on the House appropriations committee and education appropriation subcommittees. We welcome the first-termer back to Current State to get his thoughts on what’s happening at the state capitol, including a last-minute bill that would make major cuts to universities that do not meet the new union contract rules.
Since 2000, Michigan's state government has cut a total of $4.2 billion of revenue sharing with municipalities. With lawmakers at work on the next state budget, and with a modest surplus projected, advocates for Michigan’s cities and towns are pleading for an increase in revenue. This afternoon, many of those advocates will meet at the Lansing office of the Michigan Municipal League to make some noise.
Thursday afternoon in Detroit, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to name Kevyn Orr, a Washington D.C.-based bankruptcy attorney, as Detroit's incoming financial manager. The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta explains the importance of this historic announcement.
Since Carl Levin’s announcement last Thursday that he won’t be seeking another term as Michigan’s senator, many names have been dropped as possible successors. Arguably none has been mentioned more often as Democratic Congressman Gary Peters, who represents Michigan’s 14th congressional district.
Congressman Peters discusses his political career and where it might be headed.
Today on Current State: A debate on biodiversity and commerce in Michigan; the Lansing Jaycees features in Neighbors in Action; Lansing City Pulse reporters on the LPD's missing cold case list; a Jackson ice cream institution reopens; and an Ann Arbor high school orchestra wins national acclaim.
From the controversial decision over a Detroit emergency manager, to the politics of road funding, to a call by Democrats to make college tuition available to all state high school graduates, Governor Rick Snyder had a lot going late last week. Current State host Mark Bashore managed, however, to get the Governor for a few minutes by phone for a quick update on all these issues.
Today on Current State: The latest setback to the Lansing casino deal; Michigan ACLU on "Right to Work" lawsuit; the "Michigan 2020" plan; Neighbors in Action featuring All Saints Episcopal Church; folk legend Janis Ian; and MSU students and staff in Beijing.
Today on Current State: The local impact of federal budget cuts; climate change in Michigan; Michigan farmers markets; the new dynamics of the Michigan Supreme Court; and Lansing's new city attorney designate.
Last week, Governor Rick Snyder named Macomb County Chief Circuit Judge David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court. Viviano replaces former justice Diane Hathaway, who resigned in January under a cloud of scandal pertaining to her involvement in a fraudulent real estate deal. Viviano has worked as a city attorney and was also a Republican nominee for Macomb County prosecutor.
We continue our series of interviews with new local State Representatives with Theresa Abed. Last November, Abed defeated one-term Representative Deb Schaughnessy, moving the 71st District's Eaton County seat from Republican to Democratic. She joins us to discuss her 2013 legislative agenda.
Mason Democrat Tom Cochran prevailed in the 67th State House District race last November. In his freshman term, the former Lansing fire chief sits on the House Transportation and the Insurance committee.
He shares his thoughts on state's road funding, the leadership of Michigan Democrats, and getting acclimated to the state capitol.
Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his fiscal year 2014 budget on Thursday. The $50 billion spending plan calls for increases in education funding, as well as in health, public safety and other areas. The administration also wants to hike gas taxes and vehicle registration fees to help pay for more than a billion dollars in road and infrastructure repairs.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made it official yesterday: He supports expanding the state’s Medicaid program.
The federal Affordable Care Act offers to cover the costs of all the newly insured for three years. That could total up to a half-million Michigan residents. Proponents cite the savings to hospitals for no longer having to eat the emergency room costs of the poor who can’t pay. Currently, those costs are now passed along to the hospitals’ other paying customers.
Today on Current State: Newly elected State Representative Tom Leonard, Prima Civitas' "Young Innovators" competition, the Lansing-made Chevy Traverse at the Detroit Auto Show, and a classical music concert guide.
Sam Singh, newly elected State Representative for the 69th District, is the first Indian-American elected to the Michigan legislature. Above, Singh joins host Mark Bashore (left) in the 'Current State' studio.
On today's Current State: The legendary William Shatner, former East Lansing mayor and newly elected Michigan Rep. Sam Singh, more from the Detroit auto show, and Neighbors in Action highlights the work of NAMI Lansing.