Judge To Rule On Gay Marriage Ban In 2 Weeks
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman heard closing arguments in the trial challenging the state's gay marriage ban and adoption laws on Friday, but did not make a decision, saying it will take him at least a week to go through all of the evidence presented during the last eight days of arguments.
Newsmaker Friday: DeBoer, Rowse Looking Forward To Normal Routines Again
Outside of the Theodore Levin Federal Courthouse in Detroit on Friday April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, plaintiffs in the case against the state's same-sex marriage ban and Adoption Code, said they're grateful for their day in court, but look forward to getting home to their kids.
Path Appears Clear For Dingell With Warren Exit
Sen. Rebekah Warren announced Friday that, despite urging from many, she had decided not to run for Congress against Debbie Dingell and would instead seek re-election to her Senate seat.
Supplemental Funding For HICA, Roads Left To Leadership
Sen. Roger Kahn and Rep. Joe Haveman have met and discussed a supplemental appropriations bill that is otherwise in limbo between the two chambers, but they're leaving the two biggest points of contention, the Health Insurance Claims Assessment shortfall and one-time funding for roads this spring, for leadership to hash out on Monday.
Shirkey Makes Senate Run Official
Rep. Mike Shirkey officially announced his intention Friday to run for the state Senate this year in hopes of replacing Sen. Bruce Caswell, who unexpectedly decided to retire instead of seeking re-election.
MEA Drops Efforts To Keep Two Teachers In Union
Petoskey physical education teacher William "Ray" Arthur and Coopersville kindergarten teacher Miriam Chanski did not make the August window for resigning from the Michigan Education Association, but the union this week allowed them to end their membership.
Benton Harbor Financial Emergency Appears Near End
The emergency manager in Benton Harbor has notified Governor Rick Snyder he believes the financial emergency in the city has concluded and is recommending the appointment of a Receivership Transition Advisory Board to oversee the eventual return of authority to locally elected officials.
Audit Criticizes Treasury's Procedures On Write-Offs
An audit found some problems in how well the Department of Treasury is ensuring the accuracy of its mainframe system that tracks delinquent taxes and debts owed to the state.
‘Snyderholes' Launches Yard Sign Campaign, Website Petition
The Michigan Democratic Party is taking its fight over insufficient road funding to the streets, literally, as it launches a website and yard sign campaign allowing people to take a picture of their damaged vehicle or a giant pothole in an effort to push Governor Rick Snyder to ensure there is more road funding in the fiscal year 2014-15 budget.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 45, March 7, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
The package of PPT bills moving quickly through the Legislature is billed as making schools and communities whole, but concerns have emerged that there may not be a 1:1, 100 percent replacement for individual municipalities after 2018.
A Senate Fiscal Agency (SFA) report on the subject is expected next week.
But looking at it right now, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 25 Director of Legislation and Policy Nick Ciaramitaro questions the distribution.
"We were told they were going to distribute this money based on how much they lost. It looks like… that's not true," Ciarimitaro said.
For the full article, see "Concerns Rear Up On PPT Package", Inside MIRS Today, March 7, 2014.
Other topics covered include:
• Concerns Rear Up On PPT Package
• Top 8 Senate Districts Most Likely To Flip
• 'We Need Help Now': U.P. Lawmakers Want State Of Emergency
• Shirkey Announces For 16th Senate District
• Corrections Staff On Duty But Unaware of Alarms, Video Of Escape
• Decision Day Nearing For 'Millionaire Party' Rules
• Warren Not Running For Congress
• Rustem: There Will Be No Snyder Pothole Number
• Benton Harbor EM: Financial Emergency Over
• Gay Marriage Trial Over; Decision To Come Later
• Superintendent Reacts To MEA Not Supporting School Funding Proposal
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Governor Snyder's Executive Budget Recommendation increases state aid to libraries by $300,000 this year to $8.8 million. Michigan eLibrary funding remains constant at $1.75 million, Renaissance Zone Reimbursements are included at $4.7 million and MPSERS payments to libraries has a $1.2 million increase to a total of $2.55 million. This budget proposal is an excellent first step and highlights libraries' importance and presence to the administration. This is the third year in a row libraries have had an increase. This year's budget proposal would once again give us our highest funding rate since 2009.
Remember, this is only the first step in the budget process. MLA and GCSI are currently meeting with legislators to outline the importance of libraries and adequate library funding.
PPT Legislation on a Fast Track
A 10-bill package designed to guarantee that local governments don't lose any money when the Personal Property Tax (PPT) is phased out is expected to move through the legislature quickly. Libraries are included in the legislation. Senator Jack Brandenburg (R-Harrison Township) made a special effort to see that libraries were not left out of the bills. The language will create the alternate funding mechanism local governments will use when the PPT is gone.
Computer Alert for Michigan Unemployment Forms
If you have patrons who are filling out State of Michigan unemployment insurance forms, please be aware that they generally take about 90 minutes to complete. If your computers automatically time out after one hour please be sure to let patrons and staff know they may need to request additional time to complete the form.
From the MLA Exectuvie Director Gail Madziar, March 6, 2014
Taking a quick breather before we're back into the rush. We hope you're warm... where ever you are!
Tom Watkins, America's Moral Laryngitis : What happens In China does not stay in China.
Jack Lessenberry, What are They Thinking?! : So much for serving the interests of the people.
Rich Robinson, Raising the Roof : Why the need for increased contribution limits?
Maxine Berman, Age-Trashing : My knees hurt but my brain is still okay.
Roy Norton, Major Changes in Michigan Since 2010 : Some Personal Reflections.
Nickole Fox, Culture is Critical : Serving the Needs of American Indians.
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