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Snyder Early 2015 Focus: Energy, Detroit Schools
The early major components of Governor Rick Snyder's legislative agenda for 2015 are passing a new energy policy for the state and addressing the persistent troubles of K-12 education in Detroit.
Richardville, Snyder: All Compromising On Roads
Governor Rick Snyder and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville on Monday offered a different assessment from House Speaker Jase Bolger's continued claims that others in the room discussing a solution to the state's $1.2 billion road funding problem have shown little interest in finding a compromise.
Capitol Approves ‘Satanic Temple' Display; Jones To Sponsor Nativity
For the three days leading up to Christmas Eve, a group called The Satanic Temple will put up a display on the Capitol lawn, according the John Truscott, a member of the Capitol Commission.
Cotter Announces Additional Staff
House Speaker-elect Kevin Cotter announced on Monday seven additional staff members to serve in his leadership team.
Nate Silver Among Speakers At 2015 Mackinac Meeting
Nate Silver, East Lansing native and nationally famous for his statistical analysis that has correctly and precisely projected election results, is one of the first three headline speakers announced by the Detroit Regional Chamber for its May 26-29, 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference.
Report Says Tax Expenditures Increasing, Could Hit Nearly $35B
A report issued by the Department of Treasury shows that total tax expenditures in the state - tax dollars foregone through credits, exemptions and deductions - could hit nearly $35 billion in the 2015-16 fiscal year. The annual report also shows that tax expenditures for the current 2014-15 fiscal year could total nearly $34 billion, $1 billion more than was estimated in the 2013 report.
Tea Party Group Sees GOP Loyalty Sliding
Fewer people voting a Republican straight party ticket in the November election should raise concerns for members and leadership, tea party leader Wes Nakagiri said in an analysis released Monday.
McMillin Against Changing Term Limits
Republican Rep. Tom McMillin told the group U.S. Term Limits on Monday that he would not be in the Legislature if it weren't for term limits, and encouraged his colleagues to oppose any changes to the system.
Supreme Court To Hear Legal Malpractice Case
A case involving alleged legal malpractice that led to a podiatrist being tricked out of an ownership interest will go before the Supreme Court for arguments.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 245, December 15, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
The devil and Christmas will likely coexist on the Capitol lawn this December, thanks to The Satanic Temple's Detroit chapter and Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge).
A nativity scene was proposed for the Capitol lawn last month, but seemed destined to fall apart after an unnamed man from out of state couldn't find anyone to take the display down each night per Capitol rules, Michigan State Capitol Commission member John Truscott said.
Enter the Detroit chapter of The Satanic Temple, which today announced plans to bring their own version of holiday cheer to Lansing with a `Snaketivity Scene' display on the Capitol lawn.
The display, which features a red and black snake emblazoned with the words “The greatest gift is knowledge,” will be set up on the north lawn of the Capitol from Dec. 21 to Dec. 23.
“Just as the Nativity represents a mythology of the birth of Christ, the Snake is symbolic of the birth human enlightenment and liberation,” the group stated on its Facebook page.
For the full article, see "Jones Vows To Save Christmas With Nativity In Wake Of Satanic Display", Inside MIRS Today, December 15, 2014.
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The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to take up a prevailing wage lawsuit in Lansing that both parties say could affect local prevailing wage ordinances across the state.
The Associated Builders and Contractors is suing the city of Lansing over its prevailing wage ordinance, which stipulates that all construction work the city contracts for must pay workers at least the prevailing wages that the U.S. Department of Labor has determined apply to the Lansing area.
ABC President Chris Fisher said for contractors and construction company owners, local prevailing wage is an administrative nightmare. Each local unit of government is able to enact a prevailing wage ordinance if they wish.
"There are 1,800-plus local units of government throughout the state of Michigan. That means you could potentially have 1,800 inconsistent sets of rules ... to navigate," Fisher said.
For the full article, see Emily Lawler, "Lansing prevailing wage lawsuit could be statewide test case as Michigan Supreme Court takes it up", MLive, December 15, 2014.
Nathan Triplett, "CON Some communities see religious-freedom bill as setback for progress" : One Michigan mayor says the Religious Freedom Restoration Act would undermine communities like East Lansing, which strive to be opening, welcome and diverse.
Ari Adler, "PRO Religious-freedom act would protect Michigan people of faith" : The RFRA is based on a federal law passed in 1993. Its opponents here are using outlandish claims to spread fear about its potential effect here.
Ari Adler, the press secretary for House Speaker Jase Bolger, has worked in public relations since at least 1997, but he concedes in a one-on-one interview with MIRS editor Kyle Melinn today his most recent post is the most difficult job he's ever had. Right to Work protests, emergency manager protests, the Roy Schmidt scandal and "Vaginagate." Adler looks back at these challenges, particularly in a quickly changing news environment, where social media and the drive to have news first adds new challenges to communications professionals.
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