Monthly Archives: March 2012

The End is Near: ‘Skim’ Stopper Bill Headed to Gov. Snyder

By Jack Spencer Michigan Capitol Confidential March 29, 2012 A bill written to end the “home health care dues skim” is headed to the governor. On Wednesday, the Michigan House passed Senate Bill 1018 on a 63-46 straight party-line vote, … Continue reading

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Flexibility in High School Graduation Requirements Gives All Students a Chance to Succeed

When Michigan adopted one of the nation’s most rigorous set of high school graduation requirements, the goal was to ensure all high school graduates were ready for college, enabling them to compete for jobs in the high-tech, global economy. Continue reading

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State Senate Bill Seeks to Score $400M in Fed Road Aid

Michigan could provide the matching funds needed to tap an additional $400 million in federal road money this year under a bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday.

The bill would restructure how sales tax charged at the pump is allocated, ending a yearly scramble to come up with the matching money, according to Sen. John Proos of St. Joseph, who sponsored the bill.
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Michigan Senate Approves Bill to Dedicate Part of 6-Percent Sales Tax to Road Repairs

Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, said the plan would designate more money for roads without raising taxes at a time when families are struggling with high pump prices.

“Instead of it going to the general fund, which can be used for any number of priorities including overspending in the Department of Corrections in the last few years – of which that budget I chair – I’d rather see us do right by our constituents who believe that what you pay at the pump, those dollars go to roads. Continue reading

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Proos Promotes Reading and Listening

Proos, R-St. Joseph, read “Click Clack Moo — Cows That Type” by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, about Farmer Brown’s cows’ demands when they find a typewriter in the barn and go on strike, joined by hens withholding eggs. It wins out over the Michigan-made wildlife photo book “Lost in the Woods” and “Hop on Pop” by Dr. Seuss, whose birthday leads off March Reading Month. Students’ kites fly on one corridor, tails telling how many tales each read. Continue reading

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Limiting Distractions for Inexperienced Drivers will Save Lives

The Senate recently approved a bill to prohibit young drivers from using cell phones while behind the wheel.

The legislation is called “Kelsey’s Law,” in honor of Kelsey Raffaele, a Sault Ste. Marie teenager who was killed in a car accident in January 2010 while talking on her cell phone. Continue reading

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Bill Opens More Career Paths

Sen. John Proos recently co-sponsored legislation introduced in the Michigan Senate to allow options for students to count additional career and technical education courses toward the state’s high school graduation requirements. Continue reading

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