From education and the judiciary to telecommunications and energy, Lansing’s Richard McLellan has played a huge role in Michigan’s policy landscape since the 1970s, as well as being active nationally and internationally. The longtime GOP operative speaks to Current State about his long tenure in the policy arena, current debates, the future of his party, and his modest beginnings.
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: MSU advertising instructors rate the Super Bowl ads, the Free-Press' Joe Rexrode recaps the big game and local sports, No Labels works for bipartisanship in D.C., The Henry Ford celebrates Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, and local business and politics with MLive.com’s Angela Wittrock.
Today on Current State:Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero on the state of the city, a breakdown of the Center for Michigan's education report, and farewell tributes to WKAR's Earle Robinson and Lansing City Council gadfly John Pollard.
U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Dallas Tonsager is praising the Senate’s passage of a $1 trillion farm bill. Tonsager was in mid-Michigan Friday to meet with farmers and homeowners.
The farm bill that cleared the Senate Thursday cuts some $24 billion over the next decade. It would end direct federal subsidies to farmers who’ve relied on those payments since the 1980’s. Tonsager says farmers are doing well enough economically that there’s less need now for government assistance.
The panel discusses Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's visit to Lansing. The guest is Bruce Fealk from Michigan Rising, a group trying to recall Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Kyle Melinn, Rick Pluta and Chris Christoff join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.
The panel discusses medical marijuana laws, free college tuition, and Snyder as a possible Romney running mate. Susan Demas, Bill Ballenger and Rick Albin join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.
Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow will introduce legislation she says will lure U.S. companies who’ve moved their operations overseas back home.
Stabenow visited Lansing Community College’s west campus to announce the “Bring Jobs Home Act.” The measure would end tax loopholes that encourage companies to leave the country, and offer a tax credit to cover 20 percent of their cost to resume operations in the U.S. Stabenow says the tax code needs to be modified to keep workers from paying for their own companies’ move.
Michigan's motorcycle helmet law is repealed, presidential race narrows in the state, and lawmakers return after spring break. The guest is Republican consultant and fundraiser Steve Linder. Kathy Barks Hoffman, Bill Ballenger and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.
With state lawmakers on break, this special edition focuses on the quality of political coverage by news media at the state capitol. Former correspondents Andi Brancato, Dave Waymire, Mark Hornbeck, and John Bebow join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.