Gongwer: Legislature has owned the year

In a year where Governor Rick Snyder’s legislative priorities are few and he has put most of his focus on talking up Michigan’s economy in stops across the state, the Legislature has firmly asserted control of the agenda at the Capitol.

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Detroit Free Press: Michigan’s crumbling roads get $300M extra in state budget

Metro Detroit communities will receive tens of millions of dollars in extra road funding under a 2019 budget approved Tuesday, which, among other measures, sweetens existing road funding by $300 million.

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Truth Squad: Michigan Republican Tonya Schuitmaker attacks foe on DACA

With less than three months until its Lansing convention, the two Republican candidates for Michigan attorney general are pitching their message to a small, impassioned audience: the estimated 2,000 delegates who will choose between House Speaker Tom Leonard and state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker.

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MLive: House, Senate leaders ask AG to weigh in on LGBT protections

House Speaker Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, are asking Attorney General Bill Schuette to issue an opinion on whether the Michigan Civil Rights Commission overstepped its bounds in extending civil rights protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Michiganders.

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Detroit News: Michigan House approves Medicaid work requirement

A controversial Medicaid work requirement bill is on the cusp of going to the governor's desk after the Michigan House approved it Wednesday in a 62-47 vote.

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Tom Leonard Endorsed by Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce PAC

Speaker Tom Leonard was honored today to receive the endorsement of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce PAC in his campaign to be the next attorney general of Michigan.

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MLive: Michigan Lawmakers poised to eliminate prevailing wage

State lawmakers could vote this week to approve a legislative initiative eliminating the state's prevailing wage for public construction projects.  

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Michigan Radio: State House speaker talks marijuana, paid sick leave, and community mental health

Michigan’s decision-makers are gathered this week on Mackinac Island for the annual Detroit Policy Conference.

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Truth Squad: Tonya Schuitmaker’s Common Core hypocrisy in AG race

In the GOP race to succeed Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, House Speaker Tom Leonard of DeWitt is facing two-term state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton. Among other disputes, they are jousting over Common Core, the law adopted by Michigan and many other states in 2010 to describe the skills students are to master each year in subjects like math and science.

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