Divided Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday voted to allow for the use of coal ash and other industrial byproducts in cement and asphalt, approving legislation that would reclassify certain hazardous wastes for "beneficial use."
Lawmakers are balking at plans to give Common Core-based exams to kids in Michigan schools next school year, pushing for a pause of the tests expected to replace assessments the state has used for nearly 45 years.
Michigan regulators on Friday demanded that one of the state's biggest utilities, Consumers Energy, make tree trimming a bigger priority to prevent the sort of widespread and lengthy power outages caused by last winter's ice storm.
Michigan will require disclosure of chemicals injected into the ground and testing of some water wells under updated regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", a technique for extracting natural gas and oil from deep underground.
An income tax cut seemed inevitable just two months ago, as Gov. Rick Snyder and majority Republican lawmakers offered up and even began passing rival plans to use some of a budget surplus for short- or long-term tax relief before the 2014 elections.