Michigan Report for Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Senate Report
House Report

Senate Appropriations Tackles Eight More Budgets

Sen. Roger Kahn

Whether the Senate should fund millions of dollars for rail grade updates and give $2 million to the Regional Transit Authority was the primary source of debate in the Senate Appropriations Committee, which sent to the full Senate seven more budgets, including the Department of Transportation.

Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy) insisted to his colleague, Sen. Mark Jansen (R-Gaines Township), that the money for high-speed rail updates would find approval this time (it did not last year).

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Snyder: Interest In Tax Relief Has Waned

The severity of damage to Michigan's roads from the harsh winter has reduced the urgency to pursue tax relief this year, Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday.

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Senate Holds Off On EAA Vote Over Issues Of Local Control

While there still may be some concerns over local control in legislation before the Senate to expand the Education Achievement Authority Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville hoped that the bill does not need to be amended and sent back to the House, his spokesperson said Wednesday.

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Snyder: Push For Union Money In Detroit Bankruptcy Makes Settlement Tougher

House Speaker Jase Bolger's call for unions that represent Detroit city government workers to contribute money toward settling the city's bankruptcy makes putting together a settlement "more challenging," Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday.

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Lambert Edwards Acquires Sterling Corporation

Lambert, Edwards and Associates announced its purchase of Sterling Corporation on Wednesday, a move LEA said makes it the largest public relations firm in Lansing and the largest public affairs firm in the state.

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