Michigan Report for Thursday, July 2, 2015

Senate Roads Plan Short Of House Votes, For Now

"Significant" and "aggressive" are how some House Republicans described the 15-cent gas tax increase sent to them by the Senate this week, with some noting it was difficult enough to pass a 4-cent diesel tax increase in their chamber last month.

"I think we can do it in the House of Representatives," said Rep. Jeff Farrington (R-Utica) when asked if the House Republican caucus could come up with the votes to pass such an increase.


Energy Proposal Emphasizes Pre-Planning

Energy legislation introduced by a pair of senators on Thursday appears to emphasize pre-planning above most other things, and Sen. Mike Nofs said Thursday that is with good reason.


DeRoche Memoir Details Alcoholism, Fall, Rebirth

Former House Speaker Craig DeRoche's just published book about his battle with alcoholism reveals the overwhelming nature of his addiction, how his life bottomed out in the wake of two arrests, a searing anger at prosecutors and the news media for how they handled his legal problems and hope at how he and his family have rebuilt their lives.

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