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Tens of thousands of people were falsely accused of cheating on their unemployment benefits. The state took money from their tax refund or ordered them to re-pay benefits. That was after a problem with the state’s automated system.

       The court will decide if a lawsuit against the state for the false fraud accusations can go forward.

   The November election is weeks away – And tomorrow is the last day for Michigan residents to register to vote.

   The election will decide the state’s next governor, attorney general and secretary of state among many other races.

State House and Senate, U-S senate and ballot initiatives – oh my.

   After a high turnout in the primary, Michigan’s former state Elections Director is predicting about 4 million voters will head to the polls on November 6th – which would be pretty high for a midterm.

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Michigan is a step closer to letting eligible voters register online. The state House passed legislation Wednesday.

More than 30 other states already allow for online voter registration, and advocates say it will help modernize Michigan’s voting system.

Merissa Kovach is a policy strategist with the ACLU of Michigan. The group supports the policy, in part, because they say it will make voter rolls more accurate.

Governor Rick Snyder still can’t build a bridge between a union and a construction trade association to end a road work stoppage across the state. After its contract was up, the Operating Engineers Local 324 union wanted to bargain directly with individual contractors – not with a construction trade association, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, or MITA. Snyder met with both sides, but he said they haven’t been able to come up with a long term or short-term solution. Which he said is challenging given that winter is around the corner.

Michigan’s Medicaid expansion has helped improve the financial and physical health of people enrolled in the program. That’s according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

   The study found that after people enrolled – their signs of financial stress started to decrease.

Sarah Miller is a professor at the University of Michigan – she worked on the study. She says improved financial health – like a higher credit score – can allow people to borrow money in cheaper ways and maybe even get a car so they can drive to work.

The state is trying to figure out the “best way forward” for medical marijuana patients and shops. A judge ordered the state to allow ALL medical marijuana dispensaries to stay open while they wait for their licenses to be approved by a state board.

“This has been nothing but a roller coaster ride and it’s gotten higher and steeper.”

That’s attorney Denise Pollicella. She represents Montrowe dispensary.

The state said some shops could stay open while they wait for their license to be approved. But about 100 shops would have had to close by September 15th. 

  

Governor Rick Synder has put together a team he says will fix the state Child Protective Services program. 

This comes after a state audit revealed C-P-S failed to follow a plethora of state requirements.

C-P-S is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse or neglect. But an audit found it has not consistently conducted criminal background checks, put child abusers on a statewide registry, or responded to victims and complaints in a timely manner.

       There’s still a chance Michiganders could vote straight ticket on the November ballot. A group trying to keep straight ticket voting has appealed to the U-S Supreme Court.

     

       Whether voters can make a single mark and vote for an entire party on the November ballot has been a back and forth issue.

       A lower court judge called the ban on straight ticket voting discriminatory against African American voters. He lifted the ban. A federal appeals court put the ban back in place.

In the race for state Attorney General, Michigan voters will get to choose between a Democrat, a Republican…and a candidate without a party.

   The Board of State Canvassers officially put Christopher Graveline on the November ballot.

Christopher Graveline only had about half the number of signatures he needed to be on the ballot. So he sued the state – and he won. The underlying issue about the state’s requirements for independent candidates is still being fought out in court. But Graveline will be on the ticket.

Larry Nassar’s requests to be resentenced are now in the hands of the Michigan Court of Appeals. An Eaton County judge denied the former Michigan State University sports doctor’s request.

   Nassar sexually assaulted his young female patients for years – and lately he’s been trying to get a new sentencing hearing.

 

   Nassar was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison in both an Ingham County Court and an Eaton County Court. An Ingham County judge had previously denied his request for a new sentence.

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