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Lessenberry on Larry Nassar, 'Trumpchi,' and state infrastructure

About 140 women and girls have accused former sports doctor Larry Nassar of sexually assaulting them while he worked for Michigan State University and the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team. More than 80 women and girls are scheduled to speak this week at his sentencing hearing. Senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry tells Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about what has stood out to him so far about the victims' statements.

Duration: 00:04:15

Opponents become conspirators in race for GOP primary

Helping your adversary to help yourself. It’s a political tactic and we’re seeing it right now in Michigan’s Republican primary for governor . Lt. Governor Brian Calley is running for governor. But, it looks like he’s polling behind fellow Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette. Schuette has been touting his conservative credentials including an endorsement from President Donald Trump.

Duration: 00:03:16

Week in Review: Bad news for Michigan's unemployed and the state's slow economic rebound

When it comes to unemployment insurance, Michigan is the worst state in the Midwest for unemployed workers. A recent report from the Michigan League for Public Policy says the maximum benefits paid to the state's unemployed workers are the lowest in the region. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about what Michigan needs to do to clean up its act.

Duration: 00:05:15

Stateside 1.12.2018

Today on Stateside , state Sen. Casperson, R-Escanaba, defends proposed legislation that would give businesses more power within the Department of Natural Resources. We also hear the extreme evolution of video game music, and how one Michigan artisan transforms kayaks and canoes into art.

Duration: 00:50:01

Sen. Casperson defends proposed legislation that would give businesses more power within MDEQ

The Michigan Legislature is considering three bills that would change how the state determines environmental rules. Senate Bills 652 , 653 , and 654 would create an environmental rules committee that could reject or change Michigan Department of Environmental Quality rules. The bills also create an appeals board to review permits and an environmental science advisory board, which the state once had, but was ended a decade ago. Critics are concerned that these committees would allow...

Duration: 00:10:29

MI bills aim to follow Indiana’s lead, where businesses have power to shape environmental rulemaking

The Michigan legislature is considering three bills that would change how the state of Michigan determines environmental regulations. They would create an environmental rules committee that could reject or change any rule the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issues. The legislation would also create an appeals board to review permits and an environmental science advisory board, which the state once had, but was ended a decade ago.

Duration: 00:05:13

Political roundup: A tax fix, a tax cut and Michigan’s broken roads

Yesterday, the state of Michigan went through a process called the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference. University and governmental economists met to discuss where the economy is going and what its projections mean for the state budget.

Duration: 00:07:00

State says there’s enough money to keep the Children's Health Insurance Plan running until summer

It’s been a worrisome few months for the families of 116,000 lower-income kids in our state, the ones who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program for their health care. Even though CHIP has bipartisan support, it’s been lost in the congressional fight over tax reform and the budget. Its funding expired last September.

Duration: 00:04:59

Lessenberry on possible changes to Michigan's tax code, marijuana legalization

The federal tax overhaul could affect Michigan's tax code. The federal personal exemption has been eliminated, but Michigan has state deductions tied to it. Gov. Snyder wants to restore the state's personal exemption , so that Michigan doesn't collect more tax than it would have before. Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou and Jack Lessenberry discuss what this could mean for Michigan taxpayers.

Duration: 00:04:17

Law professor says AG Bill Schuette has failed consumers. Schuette strongly disagrees.

One of the key roles of a state attorney general is protecting consumers. A guest editorial in Bridge Magazine today accuses Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette of a weak track record of consumer protection.

Duration: 00:06:31

Dems and Republicans to battle over Michigan's open Congressional seats

As voters pass judgment in the first mid-terms of the Trump era, many are wondering if Michigan will be a congressional battleground in 2018. There’s a lot of talk about the possibility of a wave-election come November as Democrats prepare for their “wait-til-next-time” moment after the Trump upset of 2016 when Michigan played a central role. And after last fall’s gubernatorial wins in New Jersey and Virginia and the Roy Moore drama in the Alabama Senate race, 2018 is shaping up to be a...

Duration: 00:14:44

Week in Review: Minimum wage gets a boost and Young drops out of US Senate race

Minimum wage in Michigan bumped up again with the start of the New Year on Monday. For most workers, that means a jump from $8.90 an hour to $9.25. A group wants to put a measure on the November ballot that would drive that figure up to $12 by 2022, but business groups have expressed concerns. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss what might be best the move for the state.

Duration: 00:04:52

Political roundup: How should Michigan remedy false unemployment fraud claims?

More than 40,000 Michigan residents were wrongly accused of fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits. The Legislature is considering laws to try to make sure something like that doesn’t happen again. The Governor and the Legislature are also trying to figure out how to do something beyond just restitution. Some of the people accused of fraud went bankrupt, lost homes, and suffered other consequences. The question is how far can, or should, the state go to make those people whole?

Duration: 00:08:13

Rep. Mitchell says budget, infrastructure are priorities for 2018

Congress has a substantial “to-do list” this year, and with Republicans controlling the House, Senate, and White House, they have a lot of say in what gets done. To learn more about the GOP goals for the New Year, Stateside sat down with Congressman Paul Mitchell , who represents Michigan’s 10th district. He discussed the upcoming budget deadline, challenges with saving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and more.

Duration: 00:11:42

Damage assessment: The challenges facing Flint residents two years after emergency declaration

Today marks two years since Governor Rick Snyder declared a ‘state of emergency’ in Flint because of lead contamination in the city's water. Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody reported that water quality has improved since the city switched back to Detroit system after using the Flint River, whose improperly treated water corroded pipes. The city has also seen almost 6,000 lead lines replaced. That’s around a third of the number to be replaced. But there’s still a lot of confusion among Flint...

Duration: 00:08:03

Stateside 1.4.2018

Congress is starting the New Year with a hangover from the old one. Today on Stateside, we get the Democrats' take on the issues from Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint. And, we learn how Battle Creek students are getting emotional and social support in a new type of classroom.

Duration: 00:50:10

Rep. Kildee on CHIP, DACA: “Principle has to stand.”

It’s a New Year, but for Congress, it all begins with a hangover from the Old Year: problems and issues left unresolved. The government is due to run out of funding on January 19, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program ends in March, and looming over everything, this week's erratic tweetstorm from President Trump. To see how Congress plans to deal with all this, Stateside talked to Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee of Flint. You can listen to the full conversation above,...

Duration: 00:11:33

Without a legislative fix, new federal tax bill could mean paying higher state income taxes

The new federal tax bill could mean lower federal taxes, but Governor Snyder and some economists say that it could lead to higher state income taxes. That’s stirring up fresh talk in Lansing about cutting Michigan’s personal income tax to cushion the effects of the federal tax reform.

Duration: 00:06:44

Lessenberry on Larry Nassar, public transit in Detroit, and Lansing's new mayor

A new bus service is operating along three main traffic arteries in Metro Detroit. The FAST service connects the city to points in Macomb, Oakland, and Western Wayne county. Morning Edition host Doug Tribou and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss whether this smaller-scale project will be enough for public transit in Detroit.

Duration: 00:04:44

2018 feels like a monumental year in politics. Which way will Michigan voters swing?

What will this New Year bring in Michigan politics? To answer that question, Stateside turned to Michigan Radio’s It’s Just Politics team, Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta . They discussed the political stories likely to surface in 2018, including the upcoming election and how Washington might influence state politics this year.

Duration: 00:09:36

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