Michigan State University
March 22, 2017 - 5:38:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

Nearly 80% of the students in the Class of 2016 graduated on time in Michigan, a rate that hasn't changed much from the previous year.

The Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) released today the latest graduation rate and dropout rate data for public schools in the state.

The graduation rate was 79.65% for the 2015-16 school year, down slightly from 79.79% for the previous year.

March 22, 2017 - 2:12:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Local Government

The House approved Wednesday a supplemental appropriation that allots $3 million in state money to repair the Fraser sinkhole and allows $100 million to pass to Flint after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week awarded the money.

March 22, 2017 - 1:16:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Environment

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released an update on the health of the state’s forests, including threats posed by insects and diseases.

Michigan’s 20 million acres of forest land supports recreation, forest products and other industries while providing crucial wildlife habitat.

March 22, 2017 - 11:32:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Business

A plan to stop big box stores like Target and Costco from paying less in local property taxes is underway again in Michigan after it passed the state House last year but died in the Senate.

Republican state representatives reintroduced a bill Tuesday to change the property tax appeal process, a measure that passed the House by a wide margin last year despite opposition from groups that lobby for big businesses, such as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Retailers Association.

March 22, 2017 - 10:00:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Criminal Justice

The 2016 Michigan Human Trafficking Commission Report landed on the desks of Michigan lawmakers today, just as legislation recommended by the Commission unanimously passed the Michigan House.

The report highlights the work completed and the ongoing work by the Commission, including:

March 22, 2017 - 9:26:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Freedom of Information

The Michigan Senate kicked off session this week by referring bills to expand the Freedom of Information Act to the Government Operations Committee, the exact place the bills died last year.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, is an opponent of the package. He has the power to refer bills, and in this case referred them to the Government Operations Committee, which he controls. 

March 22, 2017 - 9:24:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Criminal Justice

A state law banning switchblade knives is no longer necessary, says one Michigan Senator sponsoring legislation to strike it from the books.

"For years we've had on the books it's a violation to have a knife with a mechanical way of opening it. And this has led to a lot of people being charged with a one-year, high misdemeanor and it really isn't necessary," said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

March 22, 2017 - 4:50:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Dozens of self-described “water warriors” rallied Wednesday at the Michigan Capitol, asking legislators to address large bills, shutoffs, quality control and more in a demonstration marking World Water Day.

Activists who traveled from Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and other parts of the state brought unique issues to the table but shared a common mantra: “Water is a human right.”

March 22, 2017 - 4:48:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gender Issues, History

The state’s first gay marriage was performed shortly after 8 a.m. today at the historic courthouse in Mason.

Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 52, both of Lansing, were married by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum in the courthouse lobby after the clerk opened her office at 8 a.m. and issued them a license.

Ingham’s clerk Byrum, who normally opens at 8 a.m. only Monday through Friday, raced to get ahead of a the stay that Attorney General Bill Schuette is seeking on an emergency basis from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

March 22, 2017 - 4:43:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Photo of Dr. Kevorkian, best know for his campaign to provide assisted suicide services, January 16, 2008, courtesy of Wikipedia Commons