“The May 5 ballot proposal on roads is going to be the lens through which everything gets done in the first six months.”
Upbeat Republican lawmakers chose new, potentially more conservative leaders Thursday to help set their agenda in 2015 and beyond in a Legislature where the majority GOP will have an even bigger footprint.
The fight for House control in the Nov. 4 election will determine the ease or difficulty with which Republican Gov. Rick Snyder or Democratic challenger Mark Schauer can enact his agenda in the next Legislature.
A panel will now decide whether to allow continued wolf hunts, instead of leaving the matter up to the voters.
Stephanie Chang, who was born and raised in the Detroit area after her parents came from Taiwan, is co-founder and past president of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote-Michigan.
Late-night wrangling over hiking taxes to improve roads overshadowed Michigan lawmakers’ final days in Lansing before they broke for much of the summer.
Michigan spends less per driver on roads than any other state, yet also has some of the country’s highest taxes at the pump.
The Senate’s first action is expected to be approving a resolution commemorating the 25th anniversary of the North American International Auto Show.
The $48.7 billion state budget is notable not just for what’s in it but also for what didn’t make the cut — Snyder’s proposed $2.5 billion in new spending for road repairs and health insurance for low-income adults.
Michigan’s public schools would get about 3 percent more and it’s community colleges and universities about 2 percent more in overall funding next fiscal year under measures approved by Republican-led budget panels last week.