Michigan State University
August 30, 2016 - 8:31:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Bridge

Ron French, "How long will Flint’s water chief remain unpaid?"   :  Flint hired a former brigadier general to oversee replacement of its lead pipes. The Mott Foundation gave Flint money for his salary. So why hasn’t Michael McDaniel been paid? The answer tells you all you need to know about the slow pace of Flint’s recovery.

August 30, 2016 - 8:24:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Health

As fall semester beings, health officials are urging Michigan public and private colleges and universities to streamline policies and efforts to increase disease immunization among students.

Eden Wells, chief medical officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, urged higher education institutions to consider use of procedural tools like a standing order to improve vaccination rates on campus.

The recommendation follows a mumps case at Calvin College in May and a July bacterial meningitis death in Macomb County.

August 30, 2016 - 8:16:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Governor

Gov. Rick Snyder should not be using public funds for private attorneys for defense on Flint water crisis litigation, said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, who is preparing to introduce legislation to limit future spending.

The pending bill would prohibit the governor and some other statewide officials from using taxpayer funds to hire private counsel “to defend a suit relating to a matter connected with his or her respective office,” according to a draft reviewed by The Detroit News.

August 30, 2016 - 7:28:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Grants   Categories: Meeting announcements

Advanced NIH Grantsmanship Workshop


Advanced NIH Grantsmanship for Preparing Your NIH Grants - Updated for NIH's New Rules on Rigor and Reproducibility

A 3-Hour NIH R01 Grant Workshop Sponsored by OVPGRS

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
1 to 4 p.m., Kellogg Center Room 103
Presented by

August 29, 2016 - 11:10:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

Advocates Walk Out Of Meeting On Medicaid Mental Health  

A meeting with state officials on how to coordinate Medicaid mental health payments and improve overall services broke down, with a number of mental health advocates walking out of the meeting, saying they did not have confidence the state was committed to using a series of findings on mental health services that was reached in the spring.

State To Resume Distribution Of Blood Lead Reports To Genesee County

August 29, 2016 - 11:01:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

The spending limits for Gov. Rick Snyder's legal defense contracts are set to increase by $2.2 million, pushing the total cap on the two contracts to $3.4 million.

Meanwhile, legal representation for several past and present Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) employees connected with Flint is slated to hit $4.5 million as part of action slated to be taken the State Administrative Board (SAB) Tuesday.

August 29, 2016 - 11:20:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Marijuana

A group proposing to legalize recreational marijuana is asking the Michigan Supreme Court for last-minute help getting on the Nov. 8 ballot.

MI Legalize on Friday filed a motion for immediate consideration with the state’s highest court, requesting an expedited order for a full canvass of the estimated 354,000 voter signatures it submitted to the state, including at least 138,000 assumed to be invalid because they were collected outside of a 180-day period.

August 29, 2016 - 11:12:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Demographics, Education, K-12

More than one in five Michigan public school students did not enroll in their home school district in fall 2015, instead attending a charter or a traditional public school in another community, an MLive analysis of state data shows.

About 13 percent of children in fall 2015 crossed district lines to attend public school, mainly through the Schools of Choice program.

Another 10 percent of students attended a charter school, the data shows.

August 29, 2016 - 11:01:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Local Government

The City of Flint, strapped for cash as it emerges from emergency management and a public health crisis resulting from lead-poisoned drinking water, will receive $14.4 million in state revenue-sharing payments this year — about $50,000 less than it received last year — according to recent estimates from the Senate Fiscal Agency.

August 29, 2016 - 10:50:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Environmental Studies   Categories: Environment News Items

Low oil and natural gas prices are proving to be a short-term ally for environmentalists and consumers but a job killer for the industry as new drilling slows in Michigan.

The state is on pace to issue its fewest number of drilling permits in almost 90 years, while the amount of oil extracted from Michigan properties hit at least a 25-year low last year, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration statistics.