Rick Pluta

Capitol Bureau Chief and Reporter

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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The job of state lawmaker would be part-time under a ballot campaign launched Tuesday by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.

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A bill before a state House committee would allow residents of a community to sue and be reimbursed for the costs of challenging a local gun ordinance. 

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A state House committee held a hearing Wednesday on legislation that would outlaw “sanctuary cities” in Michigan.

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Some Democrats at the state Capitol says it’s time to take a new look at services for the elderly in Michigan, especially nursing home care. They say the need will become more critical as more Michigan residents get older and require assisted living.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has put a lawsuit regarding state money for private schools on hold while it decides who can be part of it.

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Governor Rick Snyder says he will roll out a plan this coming fall to boost recycling in the state.

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Two more petition campaigns were given the go-ahead Thursday by a state elections panel to start collecting signatures, including one to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan.

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Plans to either cut taxes or overhaul the state’s teacher retirement system are being complicated by new revenue projections. They show less money than expected to balance the state’s main checking account.

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The Mackinac Bridge will be closed to most vehicle traffic during this year's annual Labor Day walk. That decision by the Mackinac Bridge Authority is due to concerns over a possible terrorist attack. 

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The 1998 Democratic nominee for governor of Michigan says he may try again next year. Well-known trial attorney Geoffrey Fieger said so Friday on statewide TV.