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Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and key lawmakers struck a budget deal Thursday that includes using a surplus to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more on road work and school-safety initiatives while also padding the state's savings account.

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Starting today, minors found in possession of alcohol will get a little more leniency under Michigan law.

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The Michigan Legislature on Wednesday unanimously voted to cut what are believed to be the nation's highest financial penalties for collecting excessive unemployment benefits, finalizing bills that were proposed after more than 40,000 people were wrongly accused of fraud in a two-year period.

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Governor Rick Snyder is personally lobbying lawmakers to adopt an overhaul of how local government pensions are managed. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, he faces a tough sales job.


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Michigan could end up being the only state in the country where legislators pass and reject laws without the public knowing about their personal finances, a distinction that good government watchdogs say is an embarrassment that must be changed.

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Michigan municipalities would have to report financial information about their employee retirement systems to the state under new legislation that supporters say is designed to help communities address substantially underfunded pension and health care plans.

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When the Legislature reconvenes next week, two new faces will be added to the state House of Representatives. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth introduces the new representatives.


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The Legislature returns to the state Capitol Tuesday. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, this will be the first time lawmakers will convene since the collapse last week of an effort to overhaul the state’s auto no-fault insurance law. 


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A state lawmaker wants to close loopholes in the state's paternity law that led to a judge accidentally ordering a mother to share custody of her child with a rapist. 

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and state lawmakers are calling for an overhaul of how the property of recently deceased people is dealt with. Rick Pluta has more. 


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The state Legislature was back in session for its first day of voting today and lawmakers were met with protestors at the Capitol.


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The Legislature ends its summer recess this week and returns to Lansing. As we hear from Rick Pluta, Governor Rick Snyder will have a to-do list waiting.


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The Senate has given final approval to legislation raising registration taxes and safety training fees for motorcyclists.

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The Michigan Senate is expected to take a final vote on legislation to raise registration taxes and safety training fees for motorcyclists.

Eastern Michigan University has approved a 3.9 percent tuition increase for the 2017-18 school year.