2018 Michigan lame duck

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Six systems in 7 years and Michigan students still lag. Now comes A to F.

January 17, 2019 | Ron French

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.

Opinion | It’s time for less testing, more funding for Michigan schools

January 17, 2019 | Ron Koehler

You can’t fatten a hog just by weighing it more often, says Ron Koehler

Michigan laws shield details of $10M grant to help ex-Republican chair

January 17, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

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.

Michigan lawmakers award $10M for project benefitting former GOP chair

January 16, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

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.

Groups behind Michigan ballot initiatives mull challenges to lame-duck laws

January 7, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

Michigan’s A-to-F school ratings on ice until attorney general weighs in

January 3, 2019 | Ron French

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.

Gov. Snyder signs Michigan lame-duck bills opposed by environmentalists

December 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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.

Gov. Snyder vetoes Michigan bills criticized as Republican ‘power grabs’

December 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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.

Michigan lawmakers send Gov. Snyder bill to add hurdles to ballot drives

December 21, 2018 | Riley Beggin

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.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder gets bill to lift protections on small wetlands

December 21, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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.  

That's a wrap! What bills passed, died in Michigan lame duck for the ages

December 21, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

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.  

Lawsuits, ballot reform and sterile deer: A recap of lame duck’s longest day

December 21, 2018 | Riley Beggin

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 spread millions in pork. Did your town get a cut?

December 21, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan lawmakers dole out more than $100 million in special projects. Check to see if your district got a piece of the action.

Michigan lame duck: Ballot rules may tighten, campaign finance stays with SOS

December 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

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.

Michigan DEQ staffers to Gov. Snyder: Veto bill to weaken cleanup standards

December 20, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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.

Michigan bill allowing legislative lawsuits goes to Gov. Snyder

December 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The state Legislature may soon have a voice in court under a bill that is under consideration by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Michigan lawmakers dole out $1B in wee hours, lame-duck spending spree

December 20, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Jim Malewitz

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.  

Opinion | Michigan’s lame duck session is why voters hate politics

December 19, 2018 | Sarah Anthony

Last-minute power grabs and watering down initiatives supported by Michigan voters erode civility and respect, says one legislator.

School grades, toxic waste and dark money: Your Michigan lame duck roundup

December 19, 2018 | Bridge Staff

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.

Michigan House panel votes to gut ‘radical’ wetlands protections

December 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

‘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.  

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