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August 30, 2016 - 9:05:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

Senate Offices Slated For January Move-In

As major renovations on the Capitol View building continue in anticipation of the Senate moving most of its offices there, inventory is being taken at the Senate's current offices so senators and staff can plan their move, with an official up-and-running estimate of January.

Most Students Still Not Proficient On State Tests

August 30, 2016 - 8:52:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

On this year's M-STEP tests, just one grade and subject -- fifth grade English Language Arts (ELA) -- had at least 50 percent of Michigan students proficient or above, marking the second year in a row that just one grade and subject had at least 50 percent proficiency.

Otherwise, every other grade fell below the 50 percent mark in proficiency. That covers third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades on ELA; third through eighth grade in math; fourth, seventh and 11th for science; and fifth, eighth and 11th for social studies.

August 30, 2016 - 4:07:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

With the exception of fifth-grade English and 11th-grade English, less than half of Michigan’s students reached proficiency in core subjects on the state’s M-STEP standardized exam, according to results released Tuesday.

The statewide scores on the 2016 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, given for the second time last spring, show relatively little variation from the first version of the exam, administered in 2015.

In 2015, third-grade English was the only subject in which half of the test-takers statewide achieved at least 50 percent proficiency.

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.