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Emails Reveal Buck-Passing in Flint Water Crisis

'This issue will fade in the rearview,' aide predicted

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has, as promised , released hundreds of pages of emails relating to Flint and its water crisis —and while there may not be anything in them that will cost him his job, members of his administration will have questions to answer about what appears to be... More »

Governor to Flint: I Blew It, 'I'll Fix It'

Michigan's Rick Snyder wants $28M to fix water pipes, treat kids

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder admits he lost the public's trust in failing to respond quickly to concerns about Flint's drinking water. "I'm sorry I let you down," he said during his State of the State address on Tuesday. "Your families face a crisis—a... More »

Lead Levels in Michigan Kids' Blood Prompts State of Emergency

Flint mayor is worried about fallout from tainted water

(Newser) - Flint, Mich., drew its water from the Flint River for about 18 months after ditching Detroit's water service—but that was enough time to cause lead levels in local kids to spike, which has now led the mayor to declare a state of emergency, Michigan Live reports. Mayor Karen... More »

16 States Say No to Syrian Refugees

Alabama, Michigan governors were the first to cite Paris attacks

(Newser) - The attacks in Paris have prompted the governors of several US states to declare that Syrian refugees aren't welcome. The governors of Alabama and Michigan each issued statements Sunday to that effect, reports the Washington Post . And on Monday, the governors of Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi,... More »

Family Loses Welfare Because of Girl's Cancer

She couldn't go to school, so Michigan cut off benefits

(Newser) - When Martha describes how her 12-year-old daughter, Lisa, suffered while battling brain cancer—seizures, strokes, more than two years in and out of hospitals—it doesn't seem at all surprising that Lisa wouldn't have been up for attending school during this time. But as her mom (using pseudonyms)... More »

Michigan Tosses Detroit a $195M Life Raft

But pensioners still need to sign off on 'grand bargain'

(Newser) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will today sign a bill giving Detroit $194.5 million as part of a "grand bargain" designed to lift the city out of bankruptcy, the Free Press reports. That money, combined with $370 million from charitable foundations and $100 million from the Detroit Institute of... More »

GOP-Led Michigan Hikes Minimum Wage to $9.25

Move heads off petition that would have pushed it to $10.10

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation yesterday to raise the state's minimum wage by 25% gradually over the next four years to $9.25 an hour, as Republicans controlling the state government moved to head off a November ballot measure that could have raised pay even more. The move... More »

'That's Me:' Dems Laud Obama on Trayvon

John McCain would like to see 'Stand Your Ground' reviewed

(Newser) - President Obama's remarks on the Trayvon Martin verdict reverberated around the talk shows today, with Democrats saying Obama hit close to home when he spoke of "being followed in a department store," reports Politico . "That’s me on a daily basis, and especially when I’m... More »

Detroit Files for Bankruptcy

It's the biggest municipal filing in the nation's history

(Newser) - Detroit just entered the record books for all the wrong reasons. The city's emergency manager today filed what is the biggest municipal bankruptcy in the nation's history, reports the Detroit Free Press . The city is seeking Chapter 9 protection from creditors owed about $18.5 billion. (The exact... More »

'It's a Sad Day': Detroit Gets Emergency Manager

Kevyn Orr thinks he can turn city around in 6 months

(Newser) - A DC bankruptcy lawyer now has more say over Detroit's future than its mayor or city council. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today named Kevyn Orr as the city's emergency manager, following up on his unprecedented move to put the city's finances under state control , reports the Detroit ... More »

Michigan Governor to Declare Detroit Emergency

Announcement expected at noon today

(Newser) - Ah, Detroit—it's miserable , murderous , and, as of noon local time today, likely officially in a state of financial emergency. Per Mayor Dave Bing, Gov. Rick Snyder is set to declare that emergency today, which is expected to result in Snyder appointing a financial manager who will seize hold... More »

Union Nostalgia Won't Cut It in Modern World

Charles Krauthammer: Lower wages better than unemployment

(Newser) - It might be "shocking" that Michigan of all places is now a right-to-work state , but it was also "inevitable," writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . Expect the rest of the Rust Belt to follow suit, because while it's nice to look back fondly on the... More »

Anti-Union Movement Is Bad News for America

Harold Meyerson: This is politics, not economics

(Newser) - Michigan's new anti-union law isn't about economics or creating jobs, much as its GOP supporters would like everyone to believe, writes Harold Meyerson in the Washington Post . No, this is pure politics. How else to explain that police and firefighters, whose contracts cost local governments a pretty penny,... More »

Unions Vow Revenge in Right-to-Work Fight

Laws headed for court battle, 2014 showdown

(Newser) - The battle has just begun over Michigan's newly passed right-to-work laws, labor leaders vowed today. Opponents of the law have already filed two lawsuits against it, the Detroit News reports, and they intend to make it the centerpiece of the 2014 election, which will see all the state's... More »

Right-to-Work Becomes Law in Michigan

Thousands protest in Lansing

(Newser) - It's a huge day for labor in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a pair of right-to-work bills that make it illegal to require the payment of union dues in order to work, the Detroit Free Press reports. The state's House of Representatives passed the bills earlier today.... More »

Anti-Union Bill Triggers Protests at Michigan Capitol

Troopers use pepper spray as governor pushes right-to-work legislation

(Newser) - Wisconsin all over again? The nation's newest fight over unions is now under way in Michigan, reports Reuters . Republican Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that he hopes to have right-to-work legislation—making the payment of union dues voluntary—in place by the end of the year. The measure passed... More »

Michigan's GOP Governor Vetoes Voter ID Bills

Rick Snyder fears absentee voter 'confusion'

(Newser) - As controversy swirls over GOP voter identification efforts in several states, Michigan's governor has broken ranks with his party. Rick Snyder vetoed a pair of bills that would have called for proof of US citizenship to vote as well as a photo ID to obtain an absentee ballot. Though... More »

Half of Detroit's Streetlights May Go Dark

Mayor wants to nudge people to move to better areas

(Newser) - Detroit's population has shrunk 60% since 1950, and officials say it's time to condense the city. They're taking a simple approach: Light the areas where they want folks to live. Mayor Dave Bing wants to cut the number of streetlights nearly in half, from 88,000 to... More »

Michigan May Take Over Detroit

Governor may appoint emergency manager

(Newser) - If Detroit can't get its finances in order soon, it may become the biggest American city ever to be taken over by a state. Rick Snyder, Michigan's Republican governor, has appointed a team to review the city's finances. If members conclude that the situation constitutes an emergency,... More »

Michigan to Track Kids' Weight in State Registry

Doctors will have to report BMI stats of young patients

(Newser) - Michigan is getting aggressive on childhood obesity: Under a new initiative, doctors will be required to report kids' body weight and BMI stats to a state registry, the AP reports. The children's identity would remain anonymous, but the move could still trigger concerns about privacy or the government overstepping... More »

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