Michigan Legislature

7:50 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Michigan agencies use taxpayer money for lobbying

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Staff time spent trying to influence lawmakers. Governor's spokesman says it's not "insidious."
Lobbying is normal in the course of public business, but when the government lobbies itself, the practice can involve taxpayer resources used to pursue a political agenda. Like expanding a state-run district that manages underachieving schools. Restructuring a major health care insurer. Or enacting right to work.
2:17 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

"Right to work" protests cost nearly $1-million

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Michigan State Police and other law enforcement agencies provided additional security as protesters demonstrated over bill to ban mandatory payment of union dues.
LANSING - Massive demonstrations at the Capitol last month over right-to-work legislation reportedly cost Michigan taxpayers nearly $1 million. Michigan State Police spent $901,132 on overtime pay and other miscellaneous costs because of additional security brought to the Capitol between Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, spokeswoman Shanon Banner said.
5:40 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Some lawmakers push to make Michigan Legislature part-time

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State Senator John Proos of Saint Joseph says Michigan should be like 40 other states with a part-time Legislature.
Eighty-one days. That was the total number of days Michigan's full-time Legislature worked in Lansing in 2012. From mid-June through the last week of November, when many members of the House of Representatives were campaigning for re-election, they put in a whopping 10 days of work in the state capital.
12:26 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Tim Skubick: Judge's review of Bolger's acitons could dampen bipartisanship

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Skubick writes that the review of House Speaker Jase Bolger's actions in the party-switch of a Grand Rapids representative is still looming.
Despite the bruised feelings and the lingering anger that permeates the Democratic caucus yet today, you can see the possibility of Democrats putting the Right to Work angst behind them. And if you look even closer you can actually see a path toward bipartisan cooperation taking shape.
6:56 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Democratic votes likely key to more road funding

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Snyder has offered few details of a proposal to fund road improvements. But the governor has hinted as higher vehicle registration fees and more gas tax revenue
Observers say Gov. Rick Snyder's call last week for the Legislature to devise a plan to increase road funding by $1.2 billion annually offers the best chance in many years of addressing the state's deteriorating roads and transportation funding reform that has languished for decades.