Items of potential interest to government documents librarians or government information managers in Michigan. For more information contact Jon Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senate Roads Plan Short Of House Votes, For Now
"Significant" and "aggressive" are how some House Republicans described the 15-cent gas tax increase sent to them by the Senate this week, with some noting it was difficult enough to pass a 4-cent diesel tax increase in their chamber last month.
Energy Proposal Emphasizes Pre-Planning
Energy legislation introduced by a pair of senators on Thursday appears to emphasize pre-planning above most other things, and Sen. Mike Nofs said Thursday that is with good reason.
DeRoche Memoir Details Alcoholism, Fall, Rebirth
Former House Speaker Craig DeRoche's just published book about his battle with alcoholism reveals the overwhelming nature of his addiction, how his life bottomed out in the wake of two arrests, a searing anger at prosecutors and the news media for how they handled his legal problems and hope at how he and his family have rebuilt their lives.
Snyder Renews Call For Reforms After DPS Budget Announcement
Detroit Public Schools ended its 2014-15 fiscal year earlier this week with a $238 million deficit, which Governor Rick Snyder said highlights the need for reforms to repair the district's budget.
Audit Finds Corrections Not Tracking Medical Services
The Department of Corrections was not ensuring its medical services provider was conducting and documenting chronic disease assessments and was not charging all inmates for copays, Auditor General Doug Ringler said in a report released Thursday.
Senate Democrats Push For Elliott-Larsen Changes
Senate Democrats have distributed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof requesting a hearing for a bill that would update the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression as protected categories, but the majority leader's office says it has not yet had the time to review the request.
Poll: Strong Support For Gay Marriage, Tepid Backing For Insurance Subsidies
A majority of residents supported the recent U.S. Supreme Court's decision allowing same-sex marriage, but only a plurality supported its decision to allow federal subsidies for those purchasing insurance through a federal health insurance exchange, a poll released Thursday by EPIC-MRA found.
Snyder Appoints Financial Review Team For Wayne County
Governor Rick Snyder on Friday appointed a financial review team to closely examine the finances of Wayne County after a preliminary review requested by County Executive Warren Evans found probable financial stress.
Healthy Michigan Tops 600,000 Enrollees
Total enrollees in the Healthy Michigan Medicaid Expansion program hit 606,779 people this week, cracking that threshold just 15 months after the program was launched in April 2014.
Gongwer News Service will not publish Friday, July 3. State offices are closed in observance of Independence Day.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 130, July 2, 2015. 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.
When state lawmakers got rid of Michigan's "last-in, first-out" teacher tenure law four years ago, a new commission was created to craft a report on how public school teachers across the state should be graded.
After all, if school districts are allowed to fire ineffective teachers, what makes an ineffective teacher?
Instead of having each district create its own teacher grading system, shouldn't the state create one standard every district can use?
However, the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness (MCEE) charged with making recommendations on that one system issued its report and disbanded two years ago. And the Legislature is still deadlocked on the extent to which its report will be used in any future law.
Why have teacher evaluations become such a contentious topic? One that is splitting Republican caucuses, causing Gov. Rick SNYDER to walk the tightrope of standing up for the MCEE, which he appointed, while not offending conservative legislators who don't support it's recommendations?
Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) said last week "politics" is to blame. Bridge Magazine, a product financed by the Center for Michigan, published a report laying the blame squarely at the feet of Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair), the chair of the Senate Education Committee -- that Pavlov's strident quest for local control is getting in the way of meaningful reform that's produced positive results in states like Massachusetts and Tennessee.
For the full article, see "Why Has Teacher Evaluation Bill Become So Political?", Inside MIRS Today, July 2, 2015.
Other topics covered include:
MIRSNews.com is available via the MSU Library electronic resources page. Access is restricted to the MSU community and other subscribers.
Gay state workers in Michigan who get hitched in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage have 31 days to enroll their spouse for state benefits, officials say.
State employees with a same-sex spouse from a marriage in another jurisdiction entered before June 26 – the date of the high court's ruling – are also eligible for a special enrollment period through July 27, according to Gov. Rick Snyder's office.
The Civil Service Commission, which oversees employment conditions for classified state employees, posted an advisory about the deadlines on its website.
"If these windows are missed, changes cannot be made until the annual open-enrollment process," the advisory says. Regular open enrollment begins Aug. 3.
For the full article, see Melissa Nann Burke, "Gay state workers can enroll spouses for benefits", The Detroit News, July 2, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday appointed a team to review Wayne County’s finances, a day after state officials said the county is in probable financial distress and put it the study of its books on a fast track.
About two weeks ago, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans asked Michigan’s Department of Treasury to declare a financial emergency in the county and support his request to enter into a consent agreement.
For the full article, see Charles E. Ramirez, "Snyder names Wayne Co. financial review team", The Detroit News, July 2, 2015
Operations were back to normal Thursday at Alger Correctional Facility in Munising, a day after prison food service workers found a maggot next to a cutting machine in the kitchen.
The single maggot was found after breakfast time, Wednesday, July 1, near a cutting machine being used to slice turkey. Prisoners at the time were helping to prepare lunch, Michigan Department of Corrections Spokesman Chris Gautz said.
Meal preparations were immediately suspended, the food was thrown out as a precaution and the kitchen thoroughly cleaned and sanitized throughout the day, Gautz said. Prisoners were given sack meals for lunch and dinner.
For the full article, see Heidi Fenton, "Maggot found in Upper Peninsula prison kitchen", MLive, July 2, 2015.
|<< <||> >>|