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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., April 29, 2016

Could 2016 Prez Election Be First With No Ballot Qs Since At Least '64?

If no statewide petitions make the November ballot -- and some Lansing observers say it's looking that way -- it would mark the first presidential election under this state constitution when that's happened.
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Nofs: 'We're Not Killing Choice'

Despite the considerable list of changes put out in the Senate substitute of the energy package championed by Energy and Technology Committee Chair Mike NOFS (R-Battle Creek) and Sen. John PROOS (R-St. Joseph), the battle lines haven't changed much.
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Senate Education Moves Common Core Elimination

The Senate Education Committee Tuesday morning reported legislation on a party line basis to eliminate the Common Core standards.
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Businesses Gloomy On Dark Stores Proposal

Businesses are pushing back on a bill that would prevent so-called "dark stores" from seeking, essentially, a lower tax bill, calling the adjustment expensive, unfair and overly restrictive.
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MIRS Monday Podcast

The votes were there to move a $515 million Detroit Public Schools package out of the House Appropriations Committee last Friday. Are they there now that DPS teachers' mass "sick-out" has closed nearly every traditional public school in the Motor City? House Appropriations Committee Chair Al Pscholka answers that question. Also what is in the new House DPS package? Why $515 million instead of the $715 million the Governor and Senate want?
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