What lawmakers did, didn't do before summer break
Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:52:16 GMT —
Late-night wrangling over hiking taxes to improve roads overshadowed Michigan lawmakers' final days in Lansing before they broke for the summer.
Failing to enact a bipartisan road-funding fix drew partisan finger pointing and already is an issue in the 2014 elections. But legislators have some accomplishments to brag out, too.
The new state budget includes more money for K-12 schools, universities and local governments. Gov. Rick Snyder and the Legislature also raised Michigan's minimum wage and approved state funds to help resolve Detroit's bankruptcy.
Measures headed to Snyder would gradually eliminate extra "responsibility" fees imposed on drivers for certain traffic offenses.
Other bills would more closely regulate 470 compounding pharmacies after Michigan became the epicenter of a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroids.