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Rough Road for Pension Reform in New Senate?

Many Senators who supported reform are leaving

Seven of the 20 state senators who voted to reform the state’s school employee retirement system two and a half years ago will leave the legislature at the end of this year. That puts a continuation of the Senate’s current on-the-record position in favor of reforming the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) in doubt. … more

Film Subsidy Supporters: Mich. Program a Failure

Production companies sold loyalty to Michigan but when the subsidy was cut back, “There was a cartoon-sized hole in the wall where they ran out of the state.” … more

Is This School One of the Best in Michigan or One of the Worst?

New report card shows the differences in how schools are measured

If you ask the Michigan Department of Education, Covert High School is not a good school. But on a new report card, the school 40 miles west of Kalamazoo is the No. 1 ranked conventional public high school in Michigan. … more

No, the GOP Did Not Win Because of Gerrymandering

House, Senate seats the result of where people choose to live

Voters who tend to prefer Democrats are packed more closely together, often in urban areas. Republicans are spread out, more likely to live in suburban and rural areas. … more

Bill Would Ban Red Light Cameras

Legislation not expected to move in lame duck A bill that has been introduced would prohibit law enforcement agencies from using photo radar devices (photo cop cameras) as the basis for issuing traffic tickets. … more

Michigan Bill Could Give Ride-Sharing Uber Lift

Bill prohibits local governments from further regulation

A bill that would create state-based regulations for ride-sharing services such as Uber makes sense because it prohibits local government from adding more regulations. … more

Democratic Lawmakers Target Charter Public Schools, School Choice

State Dems introduce twice as many laws to restrict charter schools than to fund roads

The bills are part of an escalating battle over the extent which Michigan parents who can't afford or don't prefer private schools can still choose where to send their children to school. … more

Sound Road Funding

Michigan House headed in right direction

Last May, the Michigan House passed a legislative package that would permanently increase annual road funding by around $462 million without a significant tax increase. The Senate should adopt this or a similar package to move the ball forward on road funding. … more

Michigan Paid 'Stupidity of American Voter' Obamacare Architect $481,050

Representative-elect asks for investigation

The architect of Obamacare who said it became law due in part to "the stupidity of the American voter" was paid $481,050 by the state of Michigan. Now, a state representative-elect is asking for an investigation. … more

Bankruptcy Judge Calls for Better Pension Funding

House Bill 4804 could help

Detroit bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes called on the state to address the underfunding of local government pension benefits in his oral opinion. He stated that the state has a “constitutional, legal and moral obligation to assure that the municipalities in this state adequately fund their pension obligation.” … more

For the Record

The Pontiac Schools will have been in deficit for 15 years if it completes its 10-year plan to erase a lingering deficit that started in 2008-09. … more
Union president claims teachers may lose homes, average salary $64,721. … more
Local MEA-affiliate says school funding is up. … more
How do you get politicians to approve of spending $500 million on a film subsidy that pledged to create jobs but ends up with fewer jobs than it did before taxpayers coughed up half a billion? … more
Weingarten’s total compensation is higher than ever at $557,875 in 2014, according to the AFT’s LM-2 report. … more
Pensions are part of the compensation for teachers and other school employees. Teachers mostly spend their day in the classroom. … more
The Calhoun ISD is projected to receive $8.3 million more state dollars in 2014-15 than in 2011-12, despite fewer students. … more
In 2007, the state of Michigan awarded Tesla Motors a $602,000 tax credit. Now it is restricting them. … more
In FY 2011 payments were $1.091 billion. Payments in the FY 2015 budget are $1.226 billion. … more
Firing an “incompetent contractor” may be proper, but it’s difficult to see how that would generate any significant savings. … more