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Senate Appropriations Tackles Eight More Budgets
Whether the Senate should fund millions of dollars for rail grade updates and give $2 million to the Regional Transit Authority was the primary source of debate in the Senate Appropriations Committee, which sent to the full Senate seven more budgets, including the Department of Transportation.
Snyder: Interest In Tax Relief Has Waned
The severity of damage to Michigan's roads from the harsh winter has reduced the urgency to pursue tax relief this year, Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday.
Senate Holds Off On EAA Vote Over Issues Of Local Control
While there still may be some concerns over local control in legislation before the Senate to expand the Education Achievement Authority Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville hoped that the bill does not need to be amended and sent back to the House, his spokesperson said Wednesday.
Snyder: Push For Union Money In Detroit Bankruptcy Makes Settlement Tougher
House Speaker Jase Bolger's call for unions that represent Detroit city government workers to contribute money toward settling the city's bankruptcy makes putting together a settlement "more challenging," Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday.
Lambert Edwards Acquires Sterling Corporation
Lambert, Edwards and Associates announced its purchase of Sterling Corporation on Wednesday, a move LEA said makes it the largest public relations firm in Lansing and the largest public affairs firm in the state.
Senate Passes Aquatic Invasive Species, Pure Michigan Trails Bills
The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation substantially changing the permitting process for those seeking to deal with aquatic invasive nuisances, as well as a package creating Pure Michigan Trails and updating the current Michigan Trailways designation process.
Lemmons Says He Will Run For County Commission, Wife For Senate
Former Rep. Lamar Lemmons III said Wednesday he will withdraw his candidacy for the 2nd Senate District so that he can run for a seat on the Wayne County Commission.
AFP Again Hits Peters With TV Ad
Americans for Prosperity is targeting Democratic U.S. senatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Gary Peters for supporting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a television advertisement although this time the ad does not feature a Michigan resident telling a story about how the law hurt her.
Immigration Is Major Way To Rebuild State Economy, Officials Say
Immigrants are starting businesses in Michigan at a rate three times that of native-born residents, and are three times as likely to major in technical fields in college as are native-born students, which is just part of the reason the state is making a major push to encourage immigration to Michigan, officials said at a forum on Wednesday.
Audit: Authority Must Thoroughly Review Hardship Grant Recipients
Homeowners who were not among hardest hit by the economic downturn may still have received assistance from the Hardest Hit Fund through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, an audit released on Wednesday said.
State Announces Start For ‘Veteran' ID On Licenses
Beginning May 1 honorably discharged veterans will be able to get a designation of veteran on their driver's license or state identification card, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said on Wednesday.
Hunt Had No Substantial Effect On Wolf Numbers
The Department of Natural Resources is estimating there are fewer wolves for 2014 than there were in 2013, but the change is within the margin of error of the population counts, officials announced Wednesday.
Business Leaders More Optimistic About State Economy Than U.S.
A survey by Business Leaders for Michigan projects the state's and the country's economies will continue to grow during the next six to 18 months, but the state's economy will continue to outperform the national one.
Retailers' Expectations Increased For Better Sales In April
Retailers are still waiting for a surge in sales after a long winter, according to the Michigan Retail Index. An uptick never materialized in March and expectations are high for sales to increase in April, the group said.
Reaching School Employees Could Sell MPSERS Change
The only way for the state to truly eliminate the unfunded liabilities in its pension systems is to convert to defined contribution systems for all government employees, and then to be sure needed contributions are made to cover those remaining in the system, Dan Liljenquist, a former Utah legislator and now business consultant, said at an event Wednesday sponsored by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
Poll Says Most Would Take Benefit Cut For Lower Insurance Rates
To save money on car insurance, most people polled said they would be willing to put a cap on the state's unlimited medical benefits, the results of a poll showed. The results came from the spring poll by the Lansing-based firm of Marketing Resources Group, and showed that when asked 61.5 percent said they would be willing to cap insurance benefits. Another 26.5 percent thought it was more important to keep the unlimited coverage.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 78, April 23, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
Some were suspended from school for not having their shirts tucked in. Others for wearing khaki pants with too many pockets. In another case, for mistakenly taking a knife used as a farm tool to school.
Kids are often suspended for such seemingly trivial issues, say members of YOUTH VOICE, a project of the Harriet Tubman Center. The center mobilized a group of Detroit students and educators on an 80-mile march from Detroit to Lansing that ended this morning on the Capitol steps.
Suspensions quickly turn into too many missed school days and unnecessary legal trouble for poor students and already cash-strapped cities, they said.
For the full article, see "80-Mile Student March Against Zero-Tolerance Ends On Capitol Steps", Inside MIRS Today, April 23, 2014.
Other topics covered include:
• Primary Challenges Emerge For 19 GOP Incumbents
• Snyder, Richardville Reluctant To Support Speaker's Union Demands
• Senate Leadership 'Goal': EAA On Thursday
• Conyers Cousin Looking For 'Change' In Running As Republican
• Dem House Candidate Files As GOP Precinct Delegate
• Potential Miller Primary Challenger Falls 50 Signatures Short
• RTA, More Anti-NITC Language Included In Senate MDOT Budget
• Lambert, Edwards Acquires Sterling Corporation
• DNR: Estimated Wolf Population Falls By 22 In 2014, Considered Stable
• Vets Driver's Licenses To Roll Out May 1
• Utah Pension Reformer: Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Made Right Call
• Citizen Says State Fairground Deed Prohibits Sale To Private Interests
• 80-Mile Student March Against Zero-Tolerance Ends On Capitol Steps
• New Poll Entered Into Auto Insurance Reform Debate
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Michigan will let its 680,000 military veterans get a special designation on their driver’s licenses starting May 1.
The new license will have the word “Veteran” in bold red on the front of the card. It’s available to all honorably discharged veterans.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes unveiled the license Wednesday. A 2013 law creating the designation allows veterans to take advantage of discounts at businesses more easily without carrying their discharge papers.
For the full article, see "Michigan to designate veterans on driver's license", Detroit News, April 23, 2014.
As the Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s affirmative action ban Tuesday, the University of Michigan’s incoming president pledged to make campus diversity a priority. And affirmative action supporters vowed to keep pressing for higher minority enrollment.
“Campus diversity is a critical component of academic excellence,” Mark Schlissel, who will become U-M’s leader this summer, said via email. “ ... This will no doubt include the most robust possible outreach to all talented potential Michigan students and working closely with our current students and alumni to achieve our shared goals.”
George Washington, an attorney for the group By Any Means Necessary, said activists will rally at U-M Thursday and ask the school to stop using ACT and SAT scores in its admissions process.
The statements after the ruling made it clear that the fight over race on Michigan’s college campuses is far from over.
For the full article, see Lauren Abdel-Razzaq and Kim Kozlowski, "Michigan's college admissions fight far from over", Detroit News, April 23, 2014.
Lee Majors, who starred in such television series as "The Big Valley", "The Six-Million Dollar Man", and "The Fall Guy" was born in Wyandotte.
Source : Michigan Magazine, March/April 2014
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