Despite a renewed push, expansion of a state turnaround entity for failing public schools beyond Detroit remains in trouble in the Legislature, where some majority Republicans still have concerns about a top initiative for Gov. Rick Snyder.
Michigan's top transportation official warned lawmakers Tuesday that the coming pothole season may be worse than many drivers have ever seen, blaming a "brutal" winter for ruining deteriorating roads he said already are in poor condition because of a long-term funding crisis.
Advocates wanting to make Michigan's Legislature meet part-time instead of year-round got the green light Thursday to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to qualify their measure for the November statewide ballot.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed a $52 billion election-year budget that includes a tax cut targeted to low- and moderate-income residents, spending increases on education and local governments, and state aid for bankrupt Detroit's pension plans.
Young killers could no longer be sentenced to mandatory life without parole under legislation nearing final approval in Michigan, but those now incarcerated for crimes committed under age 18 would stay locked up despite pleas for a second look.