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.
Michigan lawmakers are taking significant steps toward passing the next state budget, expected to total about $48 billion.
An Upper Peninsula ranch may soon allow visitors to pet and take photos with bear cubs again under legislation approved Thursday by the House despite concerns that it could put people at risk of injury and disease.
The Michigan legislature is seeing new abortion-related proposals that would prohibit some insurance coverage of the procedures and mandate ultrasound examinations.
Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to fill the gaps of Michigan’s mental health care system might lie in his ability to convince lawmakers to expand Medicaid to provide 500,000 residents with coverage under the federal Affordable Health Care Act.
Twenty-eight new lawmakers are joining the Michigan Legislature on the first day of the next two-year session.