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   A showdown is brewing in Lansing over the fate of teacher retirements. 

Teachers can currently choose between a full 401(k) type plan or a hybrid 401(k) and pension plan. Governor Rick Snyder and other advocates of the current system say the liabilities are on their way to getting paid off and the hybrid plan is better for teacher’s retirements.

   But Republicans in the House and Senate have made closing the pension system to all new hires a top priority this year.

   Republican Representative Thomas Albert says their plan will attract new teachers.

A portion of the state Senate budget is getting pushback from the Michigan Crime Victims Services Commission.

The Senate voted to move crime victim services out of the Department of Health and Human Services – and into the Attorney General’s Office.

   The crime victims commission says that’s a bad idea. It oversees funding and services for crime victims in Michigan.

Cass County Prosecutor, Victor Fitz is the chair of the commission. He says the current structure is doing a good job.

   Some state officials might be getting a raise for the first time in years. That’s if the legislature adopts recommendations made by the State Officers Compensation Commission today.

The commission recommends a ten percent pay increase for state Supreme Court justices. Their salaries have been frozen for over a decade. It also recommends the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and secretary of state go back to their salaries from before 20-10, when they got a pay cut.

Controversial legislation on state regulatory rules is making its way through the legislature. The House approved a bill today to prevent the state from being tougher on things like environmental and workplace safety than the federal government.

Proponents of the legislation say less regulation is a good thing. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard says this puts decisions in the hands of elected federal officials, instead of bureaucrats

Two Detroit-area doctors are facing federal charges of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation. Now state lawmakers are moving to make the act a state crime is quickly making its way through the legislature.

The legislation would make it a 15-year felony to remove or reconstruct a female minor’s genitalia for non-medical purposes. It’s currently a federal crime punishable by up to five years.

A few fringe religions around the world still practice forms of female genital cutting.

But Republican Senator Rick Jones says there is no reason for the procedure.

Michigan’s prisons are still plagued with food service problems. That’s according to liberal watchdog group Progress Michigan.

Small portions and maggots in the potatoes. Those are some of the complaints about food at various prisons across the state.

Progress Michigan discovered the complaints through a Freedom of Information Request. They say this problem has persisted since Governor Rick Snyder’s administration privatized food services in 20-12.

   Sam Inglot is with Progress Michigan.



Investors who buy blighted property would get new tax incentives, under a set of bills on their way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.

Last year the bills were nicknamed after Dan Gilbert – the prominent Detroit developer.

Opponents call them a gift to wealthy corporations at the expense of tax payers. But proponents insist the legislationa will bring investment to cities big and small.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof says there’s no risk to taxpayers because the bills -

Governor Rick Snyder has chosen the newest member of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Judge Kurtis Wilder is the first of a couple appointments Governor Snyder has to make in the coming weeks.

Wilder is a former Chief Judge of the Washtenaw County Trial Court. He currently serves on the state Court of Appeals.

Governor Snyder says Wilder has already done great work to help the state.

“And he’s built a long successful track record of being a good, rule of law judge.”


The state is stepping in to help struggling schools instead of closing them.

Earlier this year 38 schools were marked for potential closure. Those were schools that consistently ranked in the bottom five percent of all public schools in the state.

Now state officials and others are partnering with the school districts that house these low-performing schools to help them improve.

Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes this is just the beginning for changes to the state’s education policy.

The head of the Republican National Committee was in Lansing today  to generate interest in the party – and to talk about the passage this week of a controversial health care bill.

Washington Democrats in the House chanted at Republicans during the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They warned their votes in favor of the bill would cost them elections down the road.

   But RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel says the new plan will bring relief to American families.