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Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
Topic - Jase Bolger
Lawmakers are heading toward a mid-year budget showdown over paying for more road projects and filling a hole in Michigan's collection of a tax that funds medical care for low-income residents.
House Republicans on Thursday pitched a revised overhaul of Michigan's auto insurance system that would cut premiums and curtail unlimited medical benefits for people catastrophically injured in crashes.
Former Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld, who championed children's issues and was the first woman to hold leadership posts in Michigan's House, Senate and executive branch, has died. She was 89.
Former Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld, who championed children's issues and was the first woman to hold leadership posts in Michigan's House, Senate and executive branch, died Sunday. She was 89.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A permanent tax cut for individuals and additional short-term funding for road maintenance are among the new priorities for House Republicans anticipating a budget surplus in the new year.
As furious union members vowed to carry their fight into the next election cycle, lawmakers pushed through historic right-to-work legislation Tuesday — making this bastion of industrial labor strength the 24th state and the second in the Rust Belt to adopt right-to-work laws for public- and private-sector unions.
Police used chemical spray Thursday to subdue protesters trying to rush the Michigan Senate chamber after Gov. Rick Snyder and other Republican leaders announced they would press for quick approval of right-to-work legislation limiting union powers.
Having just helped torpedo a labor-backed move that would have enshrined collective-bargaining rights in the state's constitution, emboldened Republican lawmakers are considering a move to make this historic bastion of union power into the nation's 24th right-to-work state.
Some Michigan lawmakers are reacting with anger to a threat by the state's largest teachers union to strike over emergency financial manager legislation signed into state law last week.
He acknowledged two major players that haven't compromised on auto insurance changes to date - hospitals and insurers - aren't on board with the latest plan.
Speaker Jase Bolger said the wide-ranging plan ensures drivers still have the best injury coverage in the U.S. and can afford it.