state government

12:19 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Michigan Lawmakers Debate Roadside Saliva Tests for Marijuana Use

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Saliva test could be administered if motorist were pulled over for "erratic driving"
Some advocates of medical marijuana say they'll attend a hearing Thursday in Lansing to oppose bills that would let police use roadside saliva testing if a driver is suspected of being under the influence of marijuana.
12:15 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State Lawmakers Prepare Legislation on Road Funding

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Bolger concedes plan doesn't fully address problem of funding Michigan roads
Lawmakers from both parties cited public clamor over the poor condition of Michigan roads today as they said they are prepared to act on a plan estimated to raise an extra $500 million a year to address a problem that some say is four times that big.
10:15 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Report Shows State Tax Revenue Up, Local Government Down Since 2009

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State revenue up due to increased income and sales tax collection. Local governments seeing less money from property taxes
Michigan community leaders expressed "outrage" this week on the heels of a new report showing that state tax revenue is on the rise even as local tax revenue is declining, pointing to a "broken system" they say has put the pinch on local governments and hampered their ability to provide services.
9:40 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Deal Reached on Detroit Pensions

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Agreement is part of larger deal to get city out of bankruptcy
Sterling Heights Retired Detroit police and firefighters would get no cut in their pension and a smaller annual cost-of-living increase under a new deal their retiree association approved Tuesday. The Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Associations board voted unanimously Tuesday to support the citys latest offer to settle their claim in the bankruptcy, association president Donald Taylor said.
7:43 am
Tue April 15, 2014

State Rejects Deficit Elimination Plan for Benton Harbor Schools

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Decision makes state oversight of the district more likely
BENTON HARBOR - A state preliminary review of Benton Harbor Area Schools' finances shows that the district has not made satisfactory progress in eliminating the deficit, which grew from $3 million in 2007 to $15.5 million in 2013.