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Senate Panel Debates Prevailing Wage Expansion, Enforcement
Thursday, February 15, 2024

Renewable energy projects without state funding would be required to pay the prevailing wage under a bill discussed in the Senate Labor Committee on Thursday.

Senators Question Marijuana Revenue, Debt Payments In MDOT Budget
Thursday, February 15, 2024

Senators' main questions Thursday for Department of Transportation officials about the governor's proposed budget centered on the level of marijuana revenues it is receiving and on the level of debt service payments that could be made.

Whitmer K-12 Budget: More Funding For Pre-K, At Risk Students
Wednesday, February 7, 2024

The proposed 2024-25 School Aid budget continues Governor Gretchen Whitmer's administration's efforts to fund preschool for every four-year-old in the state while also increasing funding toward students considered at risk.

Senate Dems Make Several Committee Member Changes
Thursday, January 18, 2024

Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks announced changes Thursday to 11 committees, all involving the addition or removal of Democratic members which was said to be a move to better accommodate majority members' schedules and improve efficiency.

Rice Talks Silver Linings From Pandemic, Improvements For All K-12
Thursday, January 4, 2024

Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Rice discussed at length the exponential increases in funding for K-12 programs during the past few years, saying students who are often underfunded had their needs better addressed.

Dem Rift On Israel Grows With Ceasefire Call, Protests At Peters' House
Monday, November 27, 2023

The conflict between Israel and Hamas continues to divide Michigan Democrats with some calling for a sustained ceasefire in the region to avoid more civilian casualties of Palestinians living in Gaza, while similar minded protesters assembled outside U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' home during the weekend.

Nesbitt Calls Tlaib Unfit To Serve, Dems Push Back
Thursday, November 9, 2023

The Senate's minority leader this week introduced a resolution calling for the resignation of U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib over her comments during the Israel-Hamas conflict and took to the Senate floor Thursday calling her unfit for office.

Senate Approves Making FAFSA Application A Grad Requirement
Thursday, November 2, 2023

High school students would need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to graduate under a bill that passed the Senate along party lines following debate over the need for making such a move.

Senate Education Debates Making Teacher Pensions A Default
Tuesday, October 24, 2023

The Senate Education Committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would change the default retirement fund option for public school teachers from a 401(k) plan to a pension, sparking debate over the stability of such funds.

Senate Panel Discusses Requiring FAFSA For Graduation
Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Legislation that would require high school students to fill out a federal college student aid form to graduate high school drew mostly supportive testimony Tuesday before a Senate panel, with supporters saying it could help children learn about their higher education opportunities.

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