LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder delivered his annual State of the State address at the state Capitol. He devoted part of the speech to unfinished business from last year that he would like to wrap up in 2012.
The governor told state lawmakers it's time to move forward with a long-stalled proposal to build a publically owned bridge between Detroit and Canada.
LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder said in his State of the State speech that he wants to make sure all kids in Michigan who graduate from high school are ready for college or advanced job training. Democratic state lawmakers say the policies the governor has supported so far have hurt that goal.
New numbers from the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget show Michigan's unemployment rate dropped significantly faster than the national average in 2010. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta has more.
A University of Michigan graduate student claims she lost her job after supporting efforts to unionize graduate student research assistants.
The Detroit Free Press reports Wednesday that Jennifer Dibbern lost her research funding and was kicked out of her academic program. She tells the newspaper she wants to highlight a need to protect research assistants.
A financial plan from Flint's state-appointed emergency manager says city employee union contracts are currently under review for possible renegotiation.
The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/zg2zDM ) that the plan includes Michael Brown's suggestions for reducing the city's projected $11.3 million deficit. A copy of the plan was released to the public Tuesday.
EAST LANSING, MI – Students at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School in East Lansing have been learning a lot about how to write letters. So when the school's postman suggested a National Letter Writing Day, the principal agreed to kick off the event and to urge other schools in Michigan and across the country to join them in celebrating the art of letter writing.
Business advocates want state lawmakers to approve adequate funding to maintain Michigan's aging bridges and roads. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce says transportation funding will be a big issue for them in 2012.
Gov. Rick Snyder plans to hold an online town hall with Michigan residents a day after giving his second State of the State address.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. It will be streamed live on Facebook on the governor's Rick for Michigan page.
Residents can submit questions in advance at the state website. They also can post questions on the governor's Facebook wall or send a message on Twitter to the governor at (at) onetoughnerd using the hash tag, (hash) AskGovSnyder.
Republicans in the state Legislature have proposed new restrictions and penalties on some types of union activities. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, union leaders say the measures mark a pattern of attacks on organized labor.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's campaign is reporting that the Michigan Democrat raised over $1.2 million in the last three months of 2011, leaving her with a $5.9 million campaign chest to ward off a Republican rival this fall.
Eight Republicans are vying for the chance to unseat Stabenow, who's running for a third term.
Ex-Rep. Pete Hoekstra's campaign reports he raised $1 million in the fourth quarter, while charter schools executive Clark Durant says he raised just over $600,000.
About a thousand protesters marched on Governor Rick Snyder's residential neighborhood in Ann Arbor on Monday night. They marched to ask Governor Snyder to repeal the state's controversial emergency manager law.
The charter school movement continues to gain momentum in Michigan. Last month, the state started lifting the cap on the number of charters allowed to operate. The new law has intensified an already vigorous discussion of how to improve education in both chartered and traditional schools.
WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with former Michigan Schools Superintendant Tom Watkins about this transformation. He says it's important to remove politicized disputes from the process.
LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder will outline his plans for 2012 later this week when he delivers his second State of the State address.
Last year, Governor Snyder won legislative approval of a lot of new initiatives - a tax overhaul; toughening the state's local emergency manager law; and ending the requirement that stores put a price tag on every retail item.