Early July 2024 Newsletter

MANY GROUPS HAPPY WITH FINAL BUDGET After the recent passage of the 2024-25 fiscal year budget, advocacy groups, agencies, and organizations mostly praised the spending plan. Monique Stanton, president and CEO of the Michigan League of Public Policy, said in a...

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Late June 2024 Newsletter

REP. NEIL FRISKE RELEASED FROM LANSING JAIL FRIDAY Rep. Neil Friske was freed from jail on Friday as an investigation into assault and weapons allegations continues with his attorney claiming his client will be vindicated. Ingham County Prosecutor John Dewane asked...

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Early June 2024 Newsletter

BUDGET TARGET DISCUSSIONS UNDERWAY Discussions on budget targets are ongoing, and sources speaking on background say there's still "a long way to go" before the House, the Senate and the governor's office reach an agreement. Among the key dynamics: Senate...

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Mid-May 2024 Newsletter

SOME HOUSE DEMS HOPEFUL POLICY BILLS WILL BEGIN TO MOVE The House will return to policy discussions THIS week after abstaining from committee meetings in favor of moving the budget. What will move out of committee and be taken up for a vote on the floor remains an...

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Late-April 2024 Newsletter

WEISS, SCHUETTE TALK CONTROL OF THE STATE HOUSE House Democrats and House Republicans are both vowing to work hard until November to secure control of the majority. House Republican Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Bill Schuette (R-Midland) and House Democratic Campaign...

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Mid-April 2024 Newsletter

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION ANNOUNCES PFAS REGULATIONS U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) has introduced three pieces of legislation related to PFAS, or per- and polyfluoralkyl substance chemicals, calling on Congress to pass them following the Biden Administration’s...

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Early March 2024 Newsletter

MORSE WANTS STEADY GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION FUNDING State money for community violence intervention programs designed to cut down on shootings in problem areas would be reduced in the Governor's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 budget proposal, but the chair of a key...

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Late February 2024 Newsletter

  TENSIONS HIGH AS POST-EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS CHANGES TO BE DEBATEDThere will be tension as lawmakers and stakeholders debate a proposal from Governor Gretchen Whitmer to redirect payments previously used to prefund retiree health care for public school employees,...

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Early February 2024 Newsletter

EARLY PAYDOWN OF MPSERS DEBT FREES UP $670M FOR UPCOMING BUDGET The anticipated 100 percent funding of retiree health care obligations for the state's public school employees means the state can reduce its required annual contribution to the Michigan Public School...

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Late -January 2024 Newsletter

HOEKSTRA NAMED NEW CHAIR OF ANTI-KARAMO MICHIGAN GOP FACTION The faction of the Michigan Republican Party (MRP) State Committee that voted today to remove Kristina KARAMO from the chairmanship on Jan. 6 has elected former Congressman and U.S. ambassador to the...

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Early-January 2024 Newsletter

WHITMER TO GIVE 6TH STATE OF THE STATE JANUARY 24TH Gov. Gretchen WHITMER announced last week that she would deliver her sixth State of the State address at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in front of a joint session of the House and the Senate.  The 2024 State of the State would...

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Early-December 2023 Newsletter

BIG DTE HIKE MEANS $6.51 MORE MONTHLY! The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) unanimously approved a $368 million rate increase for DTE to fund utility reliability upgrades, a figure 40% lower than the $622 million rate increase the company initially requested....

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