On May 3, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson made headlines on “Off the Record,” taking Michigan’s GOP Speaker of the House, Jase Bolger, to task for his tactics to pass legislation that would change Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance law (House Bill 4612). Patterson opposes the legislation, which would cap the lifetime benefits for catastrophic auto injuries at $1 million.
There’s movement in both Lansing and Washington D.C. toward what many call a “leveling of the playing field” regarding sales taxes. A pair of measures dubbed “The Main Street Fairness” bill is currently being debated in the Michigan House. The proposal would collect a 6% Michigan sales tax on purchases from out of state internet retailers at the point of sale. And on Monday, the U.S. Senate widely approved a measure that would empower states to do just that.
A little known state agency is celebrating an important milestone today. The Michigan Historical Commission is holding its 100th anniversary meeting in Lansing. The commission is the group responsible for the more than 1,700 green and gold historic markers scattered across the state. It’s also heavily involved in the ongoing sesquicentennial of Michigan’s role in the Civil War. The chair of the Michigan Historical Commision, Jack Dempsey, spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore about the importance of preserving Michigan’s history.
In a speech Monday night at a law enforcement memorial held at the state Capitol, longtime Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth decried the political influence and budget cuts on law enforcement. Sheriff Wriggelsworth spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore about the effects of downsizing police departments.
Our weekly Neighbors in Action segment features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week, we feature a new organization: the Greater Lansing chapter of First Book. It’s a non-profit that offers new books to children in need. Board chairperson Jeremiah Rivera and chair-elect Paul Harmon spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Matt Ludtke starts the show off recapping the overtime thriller from the Detroit Red Wings last night at Joe Louis Arena. He then delves into the latest in the Derrick Rose decision, and NBA playoff matchups. Matt closes the show with the induction of MSU linebacker Percy Snow to the College Football Hall of Fame, and then looks at the upcoming football schedule for next season.
Current Sportswith Al Martin premieres Monday, May 13 at 1 p.m. The new radio talk show from WKAR tackles sports topics in depth, with special guests and listener interaction, while exploring new ground.