The Michigan House voted Thursday to dedicate $450 million a year more for road upkeep, which proponents called a long-overdue step while critics argued the money isn't nearly enough to fix the state's deteriorating transportation infrastructure.
Lawmakers took an initial step Wednesday toward permanently spending more on Michigan's deteriorating roads, mostly by redirecting existing revenue while also paving the way for gasoline taxes to grow with inflation over time.
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.