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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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she has yet to hear a serious alternative to her proposal to boost the fuel tax to pay for road repairs. She says any plan that does not raise new revenue for roads is not acceptable.

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The future of a judge accused of misconduct is now waiting on a decision from the Michigan Supreme Court. The case includes allegations of an improper romance with a police detective, and lying to protect her career.

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A bill on its way to Governor Gretchen Whitmer would allow many public employees to administer opioid overdose treatments. That’s after being trained to administer the drug.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says money and political clout are at stake in the upcoming US Census. She says Michigan stands to lose a great deal if everyone doesn’t participate.

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A state lawmaker wants to amend the Michigan Constitution to ensure there is a right to keep electronically stored information private.