Latest Michigan state government News

Michigan Legislature approves budget for public schools

Sep. 19, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave final approval Thursday to a K-12 budget that would boost base per-student aid for most schools by $240, or 3%, which supporters lauded as record funding and some Democrats said would not keep pace with costs in an underfunded system. The...

Michigan Republicans propose $400M more for road fixes

Sep. 19, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans are proposing to shift $400 million in general funds to the transportation budget to help fix deteriorating roads and bridges. A $5.4 billion transportation spending plan won approval on a 4-2 party-line vote Thursday. It would boost funding by 7.4% but spend...

The Latest: Michigan Legislature approves K-12 budget

Sep. 19, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan Legislature's consideration of the budget (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has given final approval to a K-12 schools budget. The legislation was approved 91-18 by the House and 21-17 by the Senate on Thursday. Legislators...

Supreme Court takes case involving lawyer Mike Morse

Sep. 19, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is stepping into a legal dispute involving a popular personal-injury lawyer who is accused of sexually assaulting two women. Mike Morse is accused of inappropriately grabbing a paralegal and a receptionist, and making sexual comments. The issue for the Supreme...

Detroit Greyhound station staying put after prospect of move

Sep. 19, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Greyhound bus station in Detroit is staying put for now. The Detroit Free Press reports Thursday that the Michigan Department of Transportation is abandoning its effort to move the bus line from a state-owned property. MDOT spokesman Michael Frezell said in an email that any move likely...

Michigan AG, lawyer discuss assault case against ex-student

Sep. 18, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer for a former Central Michigan University student says he met with Attorney General Dana Nessel for the first time since she disclosed that a state prosecutor had an intimate relationship with a woman while handling her allegations of sexual assault. Joe Barberi called...

Whitmer wants budget bills now; GOP waiting until next week

Sep. 17, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday urged Republican legislative leaders to quickly send her budget bills before their weekend "getaway" for a GOP political gathering, saying she needs as much time as possible to review and sign them by a Sept. 30 deadline. Republicans...

Michigan Capitol hosts collection of unwanted medications

Sep. 17, 2019 5:38 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan residents can drop off unwanted medications at the state Capitol during an event intended to call attention to the need for proper disposal of unused drugs. The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy is hosting the annual program with the Michigan Pharmacists...

Courser sentenced to 12 months of probation, can avoid jail

Sep. 16, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan lawmaker has been sentenced to 12 months of probation stemming from charges that were filed over a plot to hide his extramarital affair with another legislator. Todd Courser was sentenced Monday in Lapeer. He must pay $1,125 in fines, court costs and fees. The...

The Latest: GM contract talks extend into late afternoon

Sep. 16, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Contract talks aimed at ending a strike by 49,000 auto workers against General Motors have extended into late Monday afternoon. United Auto Workers spokesman Brian Rothenberg says he hasn't...