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' 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.