Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Let us know what you think by voting in the poll and leaving a comment below.
Should Michigan become a right-to-work state? That’s a question that may face legislators in Lansing after Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday that right-to-work legislation is on “his agenda.” State Democrats went on the defensive Wednesday, saying they would oppose any right-to-work laws—even if it meant litigation. Right-to-work legislation effectively would end closed union shops, according to the Detroit Free Press. According to Businessweek, the laws usually let workers refuse to pay union dues. What do you think? Should Michigan become a right-to-work state? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Find out what the bills entail, along with the pros and cons of each.
State House and Senate committees on Wednesday will consider portions of a proposed education reform package that has sparked howls of protest throughout Michigan. The bills' timing coincides with the waning terms of "lame duck" lawmakers who have only a few weeks left to serve and little to lose by potentially pushing through parts of the controversial legislation that would transform education in Michigan. Supporters argue underperforming schools and achievement gaps necessitate the reforms, which they say would make students more competitive when they enter college or the work force. But opponents say the measures are moving too quickly, do not provide proper regulations for new schools and would strip communities of control over their …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
House will consider joining Senate to make daily ceremonies mandatory.
We’re one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all – a familiar phrase that some state legislators believe should be a required way for students to start each day. The House Education Committee on Wednesday passed a bill to mandate Pledge of Allegiance ceremonies daily in public elementary and secondary schools. Students still could choose not to recite it. A companion proposal, also sent to the full House, would require an American flag in each classroom. "It's about the foundation of our country," Committee Chair Lisa Posthumus Lyons, a Republican, is quoted by Mlive Media Group as saying after this week’s vote. "It gets students thinking about the United States and what we stand for." Democrats joined Republicans in voting …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Michigan Senate joins the House in voting to lift the safety requirement for riders older than 21.
Michigan will become the 31st state to give motorcyclists the option of wearing a helmet since Gov. Rick Snyder signed the legislation, his office announced today. Motorcyclists who are 21 or older can ride without a helmet if they have at least an additional $20,000 in medical insurance and passed a motorcycle safety course or had their motorcycle endorsement for at least two years. Opponents of state mandates feel use should be a personal choice. They say helmets can limit peripheral vision, muffle traffic awareness sounds and create additional injury risk because of their weight. Arguments in favor of crash helmets cite safety studies, lower public medical costs, eye protection if face shields are used and reduced fatigue by improving …