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A potential plan to ask Michigan voters to ease legislative term limits would likely be paired with "good government" changes aimed at addressing the state's feeble transparency and accountability grades.

No proposal has been finalized. But the fact that Republican legislative leaders have privately briefed their caucuses about talks with two political heavyweights - the Voters Not Politicians ballot committee and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce - is a sign that there is serious interest.

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The state Legislature began discussions Wednesday on the newest plan to make people work for Medicaid. The bill would require able-bodied adults to perform an average of 30-hours of work, job training, or education every week. Pregnant adults, people with medical disabilities, and others would not be included.

Bill sponsor, Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and the CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Richard Studley, both agreed that the state’s Medicaid expansion, Healthy Michigan, isn’t working.

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An influential business group's decision to support energy legislation is being called a "breakthrough" in an attempt to update Michigan's energy laws.

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce said Monday new versions of the bills would guarantee a competitive bidding process for electricity generation and preserve competition.

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Michigan's tax on health insurance will continue under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The bill enacted Tuesday extends the health insurance claims assessment, which helps pay for Medicaid for low-income residents, until July 2020.

The tax would have gone away in two years if the legislation were not adopted.

The 0.75 percent tax is expected to rise to 1 percent in 2017 when the federal government no longer allows another tax to fund Medicaid.

Critics such as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce call the bill a tax increase.