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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., August 18, 2017

Petition To Revamp Redistricting Approved To Form By Canvassers

After 50-plus days of state review, the group pushing for redistricting reform overcame a last-minute issue with its paperwork and had its constitutional amendment petition approved to form by the Board of State Canvassers (BSC) Thursday.
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MI Jobless Rate Hits 3.7%; 62,000 Jobs Added Over Year

The size of the state's workforce dropped again in July, lowering the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 3.7 percent -- its lowest level in 17 years and a 1.2 percentage point drop since July 2016.
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Health Plans: We Filled Coverage Gaps To Save Healthy Michigan

According to the Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP), the fate of the entire Healthy Michigan program and its nearly 700,000 enrollees was in jeopardy last month -- and it wasn't related to congressional efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
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$477M Has Gone To Flint Since Water Crisis

Nearly a half billion dollars has been set aside by federal and state officials in response to the Flint water crisis over the last three fiscal years, according to a Senate Fiscal Agency (SFA) analysis.
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MIRS Monday Podcast

It may be a citizen-led effort, but Katie Fahey, president and treasurer of Voters Not Politicians, says this well-organized effort to change Michigan's redistricting process is serious about getting the roughly 315,000 signatures needed to get a question on the 2018 ballot. Hear how the effort got started and the 7,000 volunteers working between now and February to make this happen.
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