President Barack Obama paid a visit to Michigan State University Friday to sign the new federal farm bill. We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.
About 500 people packed a campus hall to witness the occasion.
The event capped years of negotiations and some tough compromises with Congress on the complex legislation. President Obama said he’s always glad to return to Michigan to cheer the auto industry recovery. Now, he says, it’s time to do the same for agriculture and rural America.
Michigan Budget Director John Nixon, Governor Rick Snyder and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley delivered the administration’s 2014-15 spending proposal to state House and Senate budget committees. The plan calls for more money for schools, universities and local governments – and a new property tax break for homeowners.
Advocates for so-called “juvenile lifers” are blasting legislation approved Tuesday by the state House.
As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, it would deny those inmates a chance at parole.
That’s unless the Michigan Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court rule otherwise.
The bill would bring Michigan law into compliance with a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. It said automatic life sentences without parole for minors are unconstitutional. But it didn’t say whether the ruling applied to people already serving those sentences.