2018 Michigan lame duck
Should schools be graded with a letter? A number? How about a color? How about if we told you none of it has done much to help students? Michigan churns through reform while top states stick with one plan.
You can’t fatten a hog just by weighing it more often, says Ron Koehler
Last month, lawmakers approved funding to help a company headed by a prominent Republican. But there are no records detailing the process. And if they existed, they’d be shielded under Michigan law.
A company owned by former Michigan GOP chairman Bobby Schostak will benefit from one of the largest grants of the recent lame-duck spending deal. He says it’s a good investment. Others disagree.
A challenge to controversial laws passed in Michigan’s lame-duck legislative session, which ended in December, could include everything from a lawsuit to a citizen referendum in November 2020.
The Legislature and former Gov. Rick Snyder approved a new accountability system for Michigan schools. But the Michigan Department of Education questions the law’s legality.
Snyder approved one bill that limits the ability of his Democratic successor to enact tougher regulations. But he approved $69 million to help clean up toxic sites.
The departing governor took a different path from Scott Walker in Wisconsin, rejecting bills to shield dark money and make it easier for the legislature to enter lawsuits.
Two months after voters approve three ballot measures, Michigan lawmakers approve reforms that critics say would make it impossible to place measures on the ballot.
The House made major changes to lessen the impact of a bill that would have previously lifted environmental protections on at least 550,000 acres of wetlands and 4,200 lakes.
More than 300 bills in 13 days. Here’s what you need to know about changes to minimum wage, constitutional amendments, marijuana and puppies. Yes, puppies.
Republicans pass bills to allow lawmakers to intervene in lawsuits, impose barriers to ballot measures, roll out new voting requirements and, yes, ensure that deer aren’t sterilized against their will. All that and more awaits Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature.
Michigan lawmakers dole out more than $100 million in special projects. Check to see if your district got a piece of the action.
A controversial change to the state’s ballot petition signature gathering requirements moved one step closer to becoming law Wednesday. Two other Republican efforts fell short as lame duck session nears the finish line.
The legislation would “threaten the health and safety of the people of Michigan” and put the agency in an “untenable position” 82 employees told Snyder in a rare public plea.
The state Legislature may soon have a voice in court under a bill that is under consideration by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Pennies from heaven? Try millions and millions. Michigan lawmakers approve $1.3 billion in extra funding for toxic cleanups, roads and tons of pet projects.
Last-minute power grabs and watering down initiatives supported by Michigan voters erode civility and respect, says one legislator.
Lawmakers passed bills Tuesday to conceal identities of donors to political nonprofits, assign letter grades to schools and change toxic waste standards, among other measures.
‘If we don’t do something, we can kiss personal property rights goodbye,’ says sponsor of measure that would remove protections on at least 550,000 acres of wetlands. Critics disagree.