state government

7:43 am
Tue December 23, 2014

State Says 57 Michigan School Districts in Deficit

Two charter schools on the list have closed
Lansing - The number of school districts and charter schools operating at a deficit increased during the past fiscal year and included Michigan's state-run district for failing schools, according to a report from Michigan education officials.
8:34 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Snyder Signs Bills Establishing "Entrepreneur in Residence" Program

Governor also signs bill sponsored by Battle Creek Senator Mike Nofs to streamline how state collects on debts from lottery winnings
LANSING, MI -- Gov. Rick Snyder today took his pen to several bills today, including one that establishes an "Entrepreneur-in-residence" program at the Michigan Strategic Fund, currently under the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). SB 4998 was sponsored by Wayne Schmidt. It aims to make state economic development programs and incentives more accessible.
6:47 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

State Gives Final Settlement to Detroit's "Grand Bargain"

Michigan Settlement Administration Authority is not expected to meet again
LANSING – Detroit's two pension funds are expected to receive the state's grand bargain bankruptcy contribution of $194.8 million on Feb. 9 after a state panel gave final approval to the payments on Monday.
6:37 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Sponsor of Legislation to Let Bars Stay Open Until 4a.m. Says He'll Reintroduce it Next Year

Public safety concerns were raised about the change
LANSING, MI -- A bill that would have allowed bars with special permits to sell alcohol until 4 a.m. flamed out quietly toward the end of the legislative session after a last-minute hurrah in the Senate. Sen. Virgil Smith, D-Detroit, introduced the bill in March of 2013.
7:12 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Being Exonerated in Michigan Comes With Little Help

Bill in the state Legislature didn't pass before end of session last week
In Michigan, exonerees officially are on their own when they leave prison. Exonerees do not receive compensation for the years spent unjustly in custody, unlike in some 30 other states in the U.S. Jamie Peterson walked free from jail in September with a broad smile on his face.