Flint Plaintiffs Hail ‘Breakthrough' With Judge's Ruling
A judge's ruling allowing parts of a lawsuit to go forward against the state for the decisions it made leading up to the Flint water crisis means for the first time the merits of such a case, one of many, can be argued in court, the attorney for the plaintiffs said Thursday.
Medicaid Funding In Doubt As Snyder Vetoes HICA Replacement
Gov. Rick Snyder today vetoed the Medicaid funding scheme Republican lawmakers cooked up as a way to get rid of the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) 18 months early, saying he didn't believe the federal government would sign off on the change.
Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve is now officially part of Michigan's park system after a dedication ceremony this week.
It becomes the 103rd state park in Michigan — and the first to be managed jointly with a county recreation agency.
It was formed after the state Department of Natural Resources bought 717 acres of land this year in Jackson County's Norvell Township for $2.9 million, which was combined with 405 contiguous acres owned by the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission in Manchester Township.
Michigan’s environmental protection department created “emergency rules” Thursday for a toxic chemical, citing concerns about a dangerous chemical plume that has been spreading underneath Ann Arbor and Scio Township for decades.
Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed a package of bills Thursday that would have overhauled how health insurers are taxed and shifted how the state’s health care program for low-income individuals is funded.
The legislation would have ended a tax on health insurance claims assessments 18 months earlier than the tax’s termination planned under a measure the Legislature passed earlier this year. Snyder said in a statement that helped prompt the veto.
Craig Mauger and Ron French, "In Lansing, where potentially self-serving votes run ‘rampant’" : Michigan’s failure to pass a conflict-of-interest law allows legislators to cast votes even when they appear to have a financial interest.
A Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled Flint residents can indeed sue state officials for their decisions that led to the city’s drinking water contamination problems.
Judge Mark T. Boonstra, a Michigan Court of Appeals judge who presides over the Court of Claims, said residents have provided sufficient facts in their lawsuit against the state over contaminated water that “if proven” would show actions by the state were “so arbitrary in a constitutional sense, as to shock the conscience.”
Ottawa County Prosecutor Ronald Frantz claims Grand Valley State University has a policy that discourages prompt reporting of sexual assaults, which undermines authorities' ability to gather evidence and successfully prosecute the crimes.
"We are concerned because it hampers the ability to build cases," Frantz said, referring to the way reports trickle in from GVSU weeks and and sometimes even months after an alleged assault has occurred on campus.
Michigan's fourth- and eighth-graders ranked in the middle of the pack nationally on a rigorous science test given to a representative sample of students in each state, according to data released today.
Results from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress show 38 percent of fourth graders and 36 percent of eighth graders were proficient in science.
That's slightly above the national average, but below top-performing states like Massachusetts and New Hampshire.