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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., March 17, 2017

Propane Group Says Line 5 Shutdown Would Impact 'Large Swath Of US'

If Enbridge's Line 5 under the Mackinac Straits were to shut down, propane prices all across Michigan -- and not just the Upper Peninsula -- could go up, according to an expert with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA).
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DEQ 'Closely Monitoring' Trump's EPA Cuts

With more than 30 percent of its budget coming from federal funding, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) said it's "closely monitoring" the cuts proposed by President Donald TRUMP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget.
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State Awards SOS $75M Computer Project To UIA's Contractor

The company tied to the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) computer system data issue was approved to take over the $75 million Secretary of State (SOS) legacy computer system upgrade project for SOS branch offices.
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Health Plans Not Happy With Final Health Integration Report

When it comes to the ongoing debate about integrating physical and mental health care, finding a funding model remains the biggest sticking point.
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MIRS Monday Podcast

Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing) says he "absolutely" believes the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) expansion that passed the House last week would pass the Senate if it were put up on the board for a vote. Hertel also weighs in on other open government issues, including whether state employee salaries should be published on a public website and how U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Rochester) is doing on the accessibility front.
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