Michigan State University
March 23, 2017 - 8:56:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

The Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) held a press briefing today at which it expressed concerns over the Legislature possibly cutting into the 2.5 percent increase for higher education that Gov. Rick Snyder recommended in his 2018 budget.



March 23, 2017 - 6:19:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Health

Michigan Republican legislative leaders are questioning and criticizing GOP Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to implement the nation’s toughest lead safety standards in response to the Flint water crisis, setting up a potential showdown during the rule-making process.

Snyder announced the long-awaited water safety plan last week, saying he would seek to lower the “dangerous and dumb” federal limit for lead levels in water from 15 parts per billion to a state standard of 10 ppb through an administrative rule rather than legislation.



March 23, 2017 - 5:25:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Transportation

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft can operate legally in Michigan now that new licensing rules are in effect.

Gov. Rick Snyder in December signed legislation that created a standard set of regulations for so-called transportation network companies, limo carriers and taxi companies. They took effect this week.



March 23, 2017 - 5:21:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Health

Gov. Rick Snyder is lending his political muscle to nudge along a plan that would require doctors to use a new online system aimed at tracking powerful opioid painkillers more effectively in a broad plan to fight prescription drug and heroin abuse.



March 23, 2017 - 5:15:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Public Safety

The Republican-led Michigan Senate voted along party lines Thursday to repeal a law that makes it a misdemeanor for gun sellers to not keep a registry of their gun sales.

The provision is included in legislation , approved 27-10 and sent to the House, to largely make what supporters said would be minor changes to a 2015 law that eliminated gun boards for issuing and denying concealed handgun licenses. County clerks assumed the issuing responsibilities, and the state police conduct background checks.



March 23, 2017 - 11:30:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Freedom of Information

Michigan open-government advocates got the jump on lawmakers on Thursday and posted their own database of state employee's salaries — though some of the figures appear to be incorrect.



March 23, 2017 - 11:24:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Public Safety

The Michigan Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation designed to stop “bad apple” law enforcement officers from hiding troubling behavior by stepping down and switching jobs before they are disciplined.

Sponsoring Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, introduced a similar measure last year after an Eaton County deputy sheriff resigned prior to a disciplinary hearing on abusive arrest allegations but was quickly hired in another part of the state.



March 23, 2017 - 9:55:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Local Government

Bill allows township supervisors to solemnize marriages State Rep. 

Mike McCready’s legislation authorizing township supervisors to perform marriage ceremonies has received approval from the House Judiciary Committee.  Under current law, district court judges, district court magistrates, municipal judges, probate judges, federal judges and city mayors have the authority to solemnize a marriage. McCready’s bill adds township supervisors to the list.



March 23, 2017 - 9:51:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

A dozen years ago, then University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman came to our offices for an editorial board meeting and said something I had never heard before:

“There is no culture of education in Michigan. It’s not a priority here.”

So I decided to see if she was right. Working with the Michigan Education Association and other groups, The Detroit News commissioned a series of surveys of education attitudes in the state.



March 23, 2017 - 9:12:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Business

While Congress is focused this week on plans to overhaul the federal health care system, Michigan retailers are worried about what’s next.

The Michigan Retailers Association on Thursday blasted a prospective “border adjustment” import tax backed by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who wants it to be part of a major tax reform package that the House and Senate hope to take up later this year.



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