Politics & Government

Politics & Government
12:27 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Lead Prop 1 campaigner: measure not a special interest grab

The months-long discussion about whether to raise Michigan's sales tax by a penny is nearing an end. Voters will decide the issue next Tuesday. According to Michigan’s ‘Citizens Research Council,” the measure would eventually generate about an additional $1.3-billion to be spent on the state’s roads and bridges. It creates a new formula for assessing the state’s gas tax, which would be tied to the wholesale price of gasoline. At current prices, it would go up about 10 cents per gallon. Whatever the increase, it would be lessened somewhat by the removal of sales tax from gasoline.

Read more
Politics & Government
12:14 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

MI Air National Guard troops to combat ISIS

Brigadier General Leonard Isabelle
Credit Courtesy, Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

The Michigan Air National Guard has sent troops to the Middle East to, in the words of military officials, “eliminate” ISIS, the terrorist group responsible for numerous acts of violence in Iraq and Syria. About 350 airmen based at Selfridge Air National Guard base near Detroit are now in the region, as well as twelve A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft. The A-10, nicknamed, the “Warthog,” is equipped with a high-powered rotary cannon capable of destroying a tank.

Read more
Politics & Government
11:39 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Newest Lansing city council member won’t run in August

Lansing city councilmember at large Vincent Delgado has decided not to run in this year's election.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

Vincent Delgado was appointed to the Lansing city council in February to fill the remaining term vacated by Derrick Quinney, who left the post after his selection as Ingham County Register of Deeds. Delgado has decided not to run for re-election in the August 4 primary. His term will end January 1.

Read more
Politics & Government
2:57 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Insurance Panel OKs Auto No-Fault Overhaul With Rate Rollback

Credit bankingsense.com

A state House committee has approved some big changes to Michigan’s no-fault law.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

State Representative Tom Leonard chairs the House Insurance Committee. He says this will save consumers money.

“There is a mandatory rate rollback of 100 dollars per vehicle that has been put in this bill,” he says.

Read more
Politics & Government
11:41 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Former Detroit EM Kevyn Orr credits city workers for "rising to the occasion"

Credit Flickr - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Four months ago, the city of Detroit turned the page on a difficult chapter of its long and storied history. Last December, Detroit emerged from the nation’s largest-ever municipal bankruptcy. The so-called “grand bargain” that sealed the deal cut $7-billion of the city’s debt and injected millions of dollars to reduce pension cuts for city retirees.

Read more
Politics & Government
11:25 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Lansing property owner slams city, Niowave over revised remodeling

Dale Schraeder in one of the many neighbors unhappy with the modifications made to the Niowave facility.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Last night, there was yet another episode in the dispute between Niowave and its residential neighbors in Lansing’s Walnut neighborhood. The Lansing City council’s Planning and Development committee heard from about ten exasperated Walnut residents about a plan that would let the high-tech company out of some of the requirements it agreed to last year to fix up a large metal building on its property.

Read more
Politics & Government
3:09 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Former Justice Betty Weaver, Frequent GOP Critic, Dies

Credit mlive.com

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Betty Weaver has died at the age of 74.

Read more
Politics & Government
11:36 am
Wed April 22, 2015

MI faces hurdles in getting second federal Medicaid waiver

Credit Flickr/surroundsound5000

Medicaid benefits used to be available mostly to low-income children, pregnant women, and disabled adults in Michigan. But that changed in 2013 when Michigan voted to use federal funds from the Affordable Care Act to extend those benefits to more people. Gov. Rick Snyder was a major force behind the legislation, saying it would mean lower healthcare costs and more federal dollars for Michigan. Healthy Michigan, the state’s expanded Medicaid program, has enrolled nearly 600,000 people to date. But the future of the program depends on the Department of Health and Human Services getting a waiver from the federal government.

Read more
Politics & Government
11:26 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Former Gov. Engler remembers “workhorse” Sen. Robert Griffin

After his time in the U.S. Senate, Robert Griffin was a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court from 1987 to 1994. His portrait by artist Joseph Maniscalco hangs in the Michigan Hall of Justice.
Credit courtesy Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society

Former U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin of Michigan was laid to rest yesterday in Traverse City. Griffin died late last week at the age of 91. After serving in World War II, the Detroit native began practicing law in Traverse City. The Republican eventually served in the U.S. House and Senate for a total of 22 years until he was narrowly defeated for re-election to the Senate by Democrat Carl Levin in 1978.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

House Takes Up No-Fault Overhaul

Credit callava.com

An overhaul of Michigan’s no-fault insurance law is moving quickly through the Legislature, where a House committee has opened hearings on the issue.

Read more
Politics & Government
11:42 am
Tue April 21, 2015

LSJ reporters explore flawed MDOT road warranty program

Credit Flickr - The Tire Zoo

Two weeks from today, Michigan voters will decide whether to increase investment in the state’s crumbling roads and bridges with a one cent increase in the state sales tax. The discussion over whether to invest more in infrastructure has raised the issue of  the warranties that sometimes cover that work.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

State Capitol To Re-Open To Public On Saturdays

Credit flickr.com

After almost two decades, the state Capitol in Lansing will re-open for the public to visit on Saturdays.

Read more
Politics & Government
11:58 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Reporter details juvenile offenders’ lawsuit alleging prison rapes

Credit Flickr - Ben

From 2003 to 2013, Michigan prosecuted over 20,000 juvenile offenders as adults. Advocates for juvenile justice reform say youth housed in adult prisons are at a much greater risk for sexual abuse and suicide than the adult prison population. And while there is now a sight and sound barrier between juvenile offenders and the adult prison population, that wasn’t always the case. The state is now facing allegations from seven former juvenile offenders that they were sexually abused by both other prisoners and prison staff while housed in those facilities.

Read more
Politics & Government
12:13 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Bishop: Obama Pacific trade deal “will increase economic growth”

Cong. Mike Bishop (left), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Yesterday, Republicans in the U.S. Congress marked their 100th day of being the majority legislative party in Washington. Mike Bishop represents that majority in his capacity as the recently sworn in congressman from Michigan’s 8th District, which covers Lansing and East Lansing along with Ingham and Livingston counties and part of Oakland county.

Read more
Politics & Government
12:04 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Lansing police chief anticipates the future of body cameras

The Lansing Police Department will soon add a controversial new tool to its equipment list: 100 body cameras. Some law enforcement agencies in mid-Michigan are already experimenting with the devices. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office has 25 body cameras on hand. In Ingham County, officers are testing a few cameras at the county jail, and the department is preparing to receiving more. The East Lansing and Michigan State University police departments are also planning to use body cameras. The device has evolved from a technological novelty to the centerpiece of a new front in the struggle for racial harmony and civil rights.

Read more
Politics & Government
11:20 am
Wed April 15, 2015

As ballot efforts surface, legislator clarifies medical marijuana bill

Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville)
Credit http://gophouse.org/representatives/southwest/callton/

For years now, Michigan has struggled with how to implement its medical marijuana law. Voters approved legalized pot in 2008, but applying the law has been fraught with complications. Patients, caregivers, physicians, law enforcement, local and state governments and the courts all have had different concerns. The challenge boils down to how to regulate the drug and how to get it safely and responsibly to the people who are entitled to it. In recent years, Republican State Rep. Mike Callton has been in the middle of the state legislature’s effort to move forward.

Read more
Politics & Government
2:11 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Snyder Would Like Energy Grid That Connects Upper, Lower Peninsulas

Credit michfb.com

Rick Snyder says one of his long-term ambitions is to improve Michigan’s access to electricity by extending the power grid to connect the upper and lower peninsulas.

Read more
Politics & Government
11:44 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Prop 1: more than just roads

In just over a month, Michigan voters will decide the fate of Proposal 1. That’s the statewide ballot initiative that would generate more than $1-billion to repair and maintain Michigan roads. It’s a complex plan with many parts, the implications of which reach beyond highways and bridges. If approved, the measure would enact a constitutional change to the state sales tax, and also trigger a number of statutory changes. The Citizens Research Council of Michigan has been following the developments of Proposal 1.

Read more
Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Wolf Hunt Foes Challenge Law That Circumvented Referendums

Credit fanpop.com

Wolf hunting opponents have filed a lawsuit challenging the state law that circumvented voter referendums on the question.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Snyder Says He Would Veto A Michigan RFRA

Credit mlive.com

Governor Rick Snyder says he would veto a Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act if the Legislature sends it to him.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Famed LGBT Advocate To Argue For Michigan In SCOTUS Marriage Case

Credit centralmaine.com

The legal team fighting Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban has settled on a well-known litigator for LGBT rights to argue the case before the US Supreme Court.

Read more
Politics & Government
1:22 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Snyder Open To Deal For State To Assume Detroit Public School Debt

Credit archive.freep.com

Governor Rick Snyder is open to a plan for the state to take over debt from Detroit Public Schools.

Read more
Politics & Government
11:36 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Month in Review: RFRA’s future in MI, Prop 1 update

Credit Wikimedia Commons

March is almost behind us. In and around the state Capitol, the month included more questions about the fate of Proposal 1, some tension inside both major parties regarding priorities including education, and improving employment numbers.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Michigan’s Defense Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban Delivered To Supreme Court

Credit jurist.org

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office has delivered the state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban to the US Supreme Court.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Court Of Appeals Refuses To Toss Staffer Lawsuit Against Lawmaker

Credit actosclaims.us

The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected a lawmaker’s attempt to use legislative immunity to fend off a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Read more
Politics & Government
11:47 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Ex-Kellogg lobbyist on 30 years of Capitol Hill arm-twisting

For three decades, George Franklin lobbied on behalf of the most famous tiger in the world. Franklin is the former Vice President of Worldwide Government Relations for the Kellogg Company of Battle Creek. Obviously, the tiger is “Tony.” In his book, “Raisin Bran and other Cereal Wars", Franklin writes that the role of a lobbyist is widely misunderstood.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Legislature Takes Aim At MEDC In Budget Proposal

Credit lssu.org

State lawmakers are taking bites out of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation budget.

Read more
Politics & Government
3:52 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

House Approves Bill To Cut Welfare Payments If Kids Persistently Miss School

Credit wkar.org

A bill to end cash assistance for families with truant children has cleared the state House.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

MI Jobless Rate Drops To 5.9%

Credit lcadd.org

Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in 14 years.

Read more
Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Legislative Project Would Repeal Outdated Criminal Offenses

Credit thenationalherald.com

The state House has begun an effort to scrub outdated laws from the books and shrink the size of Michigan’s criminal code.

Read more

Pages