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Politics & Government
11:30 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Bernero to unveil BWL plans, responds to early criticism

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
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Tomorrow evening at Lansing Community College, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero makes his tenth State of the City address. In the speech, which has the theme "Lansing 3.0", the Mayor will review developments of the past year and share his agenda for 2015.

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5:23 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Snyder Lays Out Civil Rights Plans At Commission Meeting

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Governor Rick Snyder addressed the Michigan Civil Rights Commission Monday.

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5:15 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

State Senate Panel To Take Up Animal Abuse Bills Tuesday

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State lawmakers will try again to crack down on animal cruelty in Michigan.

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11:53 am
Fri January 23, 2015

State workers' union wary of department merger

Ray Holman is legislative liaison for UAW Local 6000.
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On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder’s call for improvements in the delivery of state services included the merging of two, large and important state agencies. Snyder says the Departments of Human Services and Community Health need to become more “people-centric” and less “program centric.” He says that resulting efficiencies will improve services to state residents and, with other reforms, create a "River of Opportunity".

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11:36 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Ingham Sheriff's job: a family affair?

Scott Wrigglesworth (center) and Gene Wrigglesworth (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
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Gene Wrigglesworth has worn a policeman’s badge for almost 50 years. For more than half that time, he’s served as the Ingham County Sheriff. But in 2016, an era in the county’s history will come to an end. This week, he announced that he will not seek re-election.

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Politics & Government
11:29 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Senators Jones, Ananich respond to State of the State address

Sen. Rick Jones (center) and Sen. Jim Ananich (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder updated his near term goals in the annual State of the State speech last night. The centerpiece was the creation of what the Governor called a “River of Opportunity” that would improve state services, especially those coming Michigan’s Departments of Community Health and Human Services. Snyder plans to combine the two into one. He says their work represents a “failed model” that is too focused on programs than on people.

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Politics & Government
12:02 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

MI survey: Snyder's numbers higher than Obama's

Charley Ballard (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore
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Recently, Michigan has been through a Gubernatorial campaign, an election, a lame duck legislative session and an inauguration. And Governor Snyder delivers his annual State of the State address this evening. Amid all this political activity, what do Michiganians think of their top elected officials?

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11:29 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Sen. Peters assesses unfolding congressional agenda

Sen. Gary Peters (left) with Current State host Mark Bashore
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Two weeks ago, Democrat Gary Peters had the honor of replacing Michigan Senator Carl Levin in the U.S. Senate. Peters had already served five years in the U.S. House representing parts of southeast Michigan. Mr. Levin had just wrapped up a 35-year career.

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11:57 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Rep. Schor praises Snyder bill signings, vetoes

Rep. Andy Schor (D)
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Lansing’s Andy Schor has begun his second term in the Michigan House of Representatives after being sworn in on Wednesday. In a statement on his web page, the former Ingham County Commissioner says the start of a new session “presents new opportunities.”

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3:25 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Be Priority For 98th Legislature

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The new state Senate leader says repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law will be a priority this year.

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3:02 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Judge Says Michigan Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed Last March A federal judge says the

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A federal judge says the state must recognize the marriages of 300 gay and lesbian couples.

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11:36 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Ingham Board Chair McGrain assesses 2015 agenda

Brian McGrain chairs the Ingham County Board of Commissioners.

Last November, Ingham county voters resoundingly approved two millage proposals. The new Board of Commissioners will be turning its attention to those soon, as it launches its  2015 session. One will expand the county’s network of trails. The other will maintain the Ingham County Health Plan, which provides medical care coverage for the county’s neediest residents.

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11:58 am
Wed January 14, 2015

BWL commissioner explains Lark ouster

BWL commissioner Dennis Louney (right) with Current State host Mark Bashore.
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More than a year after he came under fire for his utility’s heavily criticized response to widespread ice storm outages, Peter Lark has been dismissed as General Manager of the Lansing Board of Water and Light. In a 5-to-3 vote, the board that oversees the city-owned utility voted to fire Lark with cause. The motion also named former BWL manager Dick Pefley as interim GM.

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11:48 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Cong. Bishop on Keystone XL, immigration

Cong. Mike Bishop (R) represents Michigan's 8th district.
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For just over a week, Mike Bishop has served as the new U.S. Congressman representing Lansing and East Lansing. Bishop takes his seat at the Capitol amid a wave of confidence for Republicans in Washington. For the first time since 2007, the GOP enjoys a majority in the Senate as well as the House. That’s obviously changing the political dynamic in the nation’s capital.

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3:40 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

State Board Of Education could Advocate For Road Funding Ballot Proposal

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The State Board of Education could join the effort to pass a May ballot proposal to boost road funding.

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3:01 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Supreme Court Hears State Employee Right-To-Work Case

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether Michigan’s right to work law applies to state civil service workers.

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12:45 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

BWL chief's job is on the line

Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager and CEO J. Peter Lark
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Two members of the board that oversees the Lansing Board of Water and Light have called for a meeting to discuss whether General Manager Peter Lark should be running Lansing's city-owned utility.  That meeting is set for 4:30 this afternoon at BWL headquarters on South Washington.  

Current State talks to the Lansing State Journal's Steven Reed who broke the news Monday evening. 

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12:45 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

MI Supreme Court reconsiders right to work, pensions

The Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing.
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The Michigan Supreme Court begins hearing arguments today involving two disputed laws passed during the first term of Governor Rick Snyder.

First, justices will consider whether the state’s recent ‘right-to-work’ law, which eliminated the payment of union dues as a condition of employment, also applies to unionized state employees.  

Second, it will explore whether the state exceeded its authority in 2011 when Michigan pensioners became subject to a 4-percent contribution from their pay in order to keep full benefits.

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4:43 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Snyder Signs Road Funding Bills, Launches Ballot Campaign

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation to raise $1.2 billion to repair roads.

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4:15 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Snyder Signs Bill Allowing Some To Have Criminal Records Erased From Public Records

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill allowing some crimes to be erased from public records.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

Some low-level offenders will be able to ask the court that convicted them to erase up to one felony or two misdemeanors. Supporters say it will make it easier for them to get jobs and housing after they’ve served sentences or paid fines.

Shelli Weisberg is with the ACLU of Michigan.

   “We really think that this gives people with records a really meaningful second chance,” she says.

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12:17 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

New House Speaker Cotter weighs MI tax options

State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant)
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What is ahead for Michigan in 2015? An income tax cut? A sales tax hike? Could elected officials move to repeal the state’s prevailing wage provisions? All are possible. A clearer picture will begin to emerge Wednesday when the 2015 Michigan legislature convenes.

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12:06 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Sales tax foe says funding already there for MI roads fix

Keith Allard
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On today's show, we heard briefly from Keith Allard of the recently formed group, "Protect MI Taxpayers." Allard is also Chairman of the Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association and a recent unsuccessful candidate for the state legislature. His group is launching a campaign urging voters to defeat the call to increase the state sales tax by a cent. Michigan voters will decide that issue on May 5.

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4:55 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Michigan Not Doing Enough to Keep Child Care Safe, Advocates Say

Advocates say the state needs to do more to protect kids in child care.

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4:26 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

SCOTUS Could Decide Whether To Take Marriage Case

The US Supreme Court could decide Friday whether to hear a legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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4:13 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Advocates Launch Fundraising Effort To Clear Rape Kit Backlog

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette hold a rape kit at the launch of the Enough SAID fundraising campaign in Detroit.
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Public officials and advocates are asking for help to clear a massive backlog of rape kits in Detroit.

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Politics & Government
11:16 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Child advocate wary of suspicion-based drug testing

Gilda Jacobs, with Current State host Mark Bashore
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Governor Rick Snyder is still making his way through the stack of bills on his desk after lame duck. Among the bills that have already gotten his stamp of approval is one that authorizes suspicion-based drug tests for some welfare recipients. It requires the state to establish pilot programs for screening and testing people on public assistance in three Michigan counties.

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12:12 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Dem insiders anticipate new legislative priorities, sales tax vote

Four months from today, Michigan voters will make the next move regarding our state’s crumbling roads and bridges. They’ll decide whether to hike the state sales tax by one cent on the dollar. Approval would create over a billion dollars annually to help repair the roads, but it would also restore the state’s earned income tax credit and send more state revenue to schools. Rejection means Governor Rick Snyder and the legislature are back at square one in the road funding debate. So, what can we expect to see and hear over the next four months?

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1:06 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

NRC Adopts Eat-What-You-Road-Kill Policy

A new rule makes it easier for drivers who hit and kill an animal to claim their road kill.

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12:59 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

MI Supreme Court To Decide Whether Paternity Can Be Challenged After Divorce

The state Supreme Court will decide whether a woman can have her ex-husband’s parental rights revoked because he’s not the biological father of her daughter.

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10:08 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Carl Levin on Senate career and life: "I'm a lucky guy"

Carl Levin (D) has served Michigan in the U.S. Senate since 1979. He leaves office at the end of the month.
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Last month, WKAR-TV capitol correspondent and "Off The Record" host Tim Skubick welcomed the senior U.S. Senator from Michigan, Carl Levin. On the eve of his retirement, Sen. Levin discusses what sparked his interest in politics, lessons learned from nearly four decades in the senate, his post-senate plans, and more.

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