state government

6:23 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Detroit Pension Holders Vote for Bankruptcy Deal

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Creditors still object to deal
Detroit retirees voted to accept pension cuts and allow the Detroit Institute of Arts to spin off as an independent institution, reflecting a critical endorsement of the city's restructuring blueprint to resolve the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
9:05 am
Thu July 17, 2014

More Problems Reported for Company Providing Food Service in Michigan Prisons

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80 Aramark workers have now been banned from prison property for various infractions
LANSING - In a development a state government spokesman described as "unprecedented," four Aramark prison workers at Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia were fired Wednesday for having inappropriate sexual contact with inmates inside a walk-in cooler, a Corrections Department official confirmed.
Emergency Manager Law
7:15 am
Thu July 17, 2014

WSW: Could Michigan Improve Its Emergency Manager Law?

Benton Harbor is one of 17 communities in Michigan at some point in the Emergency Manager process
Credit Humbles Art/Wikicommons

WestSouthwest with Chastity Pratt-Dawsey


Bridge Magazine finds that Michigan's Emergency Managers Law is one of the most aggressive of its kind in the nation. 

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7:16 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Bankruptcy Judge Criticizes Detroit Water Shutoffs

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Judge Steven Rhodes says it may not be in his authority to address water shut offs.
Detroit's program to cut off water to residents who have not paid their bills has given the city a bad reputation in the eyes of the world and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is using his courtroom to demand that the city better address the problem.
6:15 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Michigan Legislature Could Vote on Marijuana and Roads During Summer Session

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Lawmakers adjourned for summer last month without a long-term plan for fixing roads
LANSING - The Legislature has a few session days scheduled through July and August that traditionally have been used to introduce bills and not much more. Roll call generally isn't taken and neither are any votes. But this year, that might change.