Michigan State University
October 28, 2016 - 5:23:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History, Native Americans

Photo of Matthew Wesaw

The Department of Civil Rights has announced that Matt Wesaw will officially start as its new director on October 28. Mr. Wesaw, a former chair of the Civil Rights Commission, is retiring from his post as chair of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and CEO of the tribe's gaming authority to take the new job. He is the first Native American to be director of the department.

Note: Matt Wesaw served in this position until October 2015.

October 28, 2016 - 4:48:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

October 28, 2014 marked the 5th anniversary of the fatal shooting of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah in Dearborn by FBI agents during a sting operation.

Although neither Abdullah nor any of his congregants were charged with terrorism related crimes during that sting, the prior infiltration of his mosque by FBI informants was shaped through the narrow focus of viewing the Muslim community through the lens of national security.

October 28, 2016 - 4:27:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Photo of Art Smith and Aimee Cour

On Oct. 28, 1912, Art Smith and Aimee Cour decided to elope to Michigan in a plane because they couldn't marry in their home state. The 19-year-old Smith and 18-year-old Cour were too young to marry without parental consent in Indiana, and their parents were not exactly in favor of the marriage.

October 27, 2016 - 10:46:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

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

October 27, 2016 - 9:36:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Health, MIRS

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.

October 27, 2016 - 8:25:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Recreation and Tourism

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.

October 27, 2016 - 6:20:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Environment

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.

October 27, 2016 - 3:14:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Health

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.

October 27, 2016 - 2:54:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Bridge

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.

October 27, 2016 - 2:17:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Flint Water Crisis

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.”