MIRS Weekly Report


MIRS provides comprehensive news and analysis of state government delivered in written reports detailing the activities of the House, Senate, Judicial and Executive branches of Michigan state government.

Michigan News And Capitol Report, Week Ending, Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

Republican Plan To Put $500M More Toward Roads

Republican lawmakers began passing Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budgets Thursday with an eye toward putting $500 million in additional General Fund money into the roads, something Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called a "gimmick" and Democrats decried as not being nearly enough.

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Would Vaping Ban Lure Folks Back To Smoking?

The Governor's health emergency ban on flavored e-cigarettes, nicotine gum and mints would drive nicotine-addicted adults back to cigarettes, putting them back at risk of contracting smoking-related diseases, according to testimony before a House committee Thursday.

Following Thursday's testimony that adult vapers use flavored e-cigarettes at rates as high as children, House Oversight Committee Chair Matt Hall (R-Emmett Twp.) urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to pump the brakes on her rule.

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CRC: Teacher Retirement Costs Eat Up Recent Ed Funding Increases

State education funding went up 12% between 2013 and 2018, but a lot of that money is going toward funding teacher retirement obligations, according to a new Citizens Research Council (CRC) report.

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Shirkey Open To Giving Locals More Road Taxing Options

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) said Wednesday he has "no problem" with the idea of giving local governments the option to raise their own road revenue through a special tax assessment.

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