Around Michigan & State Government

Coverage from across Michigan and  the state Capitol with the Michigan Public Radio Network and Interlochen Public Radio.


Road Improvements
3:41 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Franz hosts meetings about tax proposal

State Representative Ray Franz held another informational meeting today about the higher sales tax proposed for Michigan.

Franz says voters are being told it will provide more money for roads and bridges, which is true, but he says the higher tax would increase spending in many other areas.

“It adds another $300 million for schools. It adds another $95 million dollars for local government,” Franz says. “Those are all not roads and bridges.”

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Right to Work
12:45 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Michigan unions lose membership in first full year of 'Right to Work'

Michigan saw the third highest drop in union membership in the nation last year, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It says membership dropped from 16.3 percent to 14.5 percent in 2014 – the first full year Michigan’s right-to-work law was in effect. The law made it illegal to require workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

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State of the State
12:44 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Snyder looks ahead to 2015 but can’t leave behind unfinished business

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2015 State of the State address Tuesday.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

  Governor Rick Snyder took a swipe at Washington Tuesday in his State of the State speech -- and said Lansing could serve as an example to the federal government on how to solve problems. But the governor had to spend a portion of his own speech dwelling on some things he wanted to fix last year that didn’t get done.

The newly reelected governor had to share the political spotlight as President Obama delivered the State of the Union speech the same evening. But Governor Snyder seized the moment. 

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State of the State
2:01 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

State health and human services departments to merge, unions fear outsourcing

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder delivers the State of the State address tonight.

LIVE COVERAGE of the speech and the Democratic response begins tonight at 7:00 on IPR News Radio.

Gov. Rick Snyder will announce during his State of the State address tonight that two of the state’s largest departments will merge. Snyder will issue an executive order combining the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Community Health (DCH).

The move was first reported by the Associated Press.

Public employee unions worry the reorganization could lead to outsourcing.

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Michigan Energy & Environment
1:25 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Companies allowed to secretly drill test wells in Michigan

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 4:09 pm

Residents of northern Michigan got a surprise last summer. They found out some drilling for oil and gas can be done confidentially. That unnerved some people in Emmet County, who now want their local government to do something about it.

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