Archives for June 2018

New laws Take Effect July 1st

A new law regarding limiting opioid prescriptions will take effect July 1st.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says it limits prescriptions for acute pain to just a seven-day supply and was part of a package of bills he signed last December. Previous reforms to try to combat the opioid epidemic include requiring doctors to register with the Michigan Automated Prescription System before dispensing or prescribing schedules 2-5 controlled substances.

Schuette Under Fire

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is the frontrunner in the polls for the Republican nomination for governor, and as expected from that perch, he drew heat from the other three in their final debate.

Schuette focused his remarks on attacking the Democrats last night in Detroit. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley accused the attorney general of not answering questions and running back to his endorsement from President Trump whenever a hard question comes up. When not going after each other, the Republicans did cover topics like tariffs, taxes, Great Lakes water, immigration, and how to bring down high auto insurance rates.

Republican Debate

Bill Schuette is the frontrunner in the latest polls…

The four Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for governor will square off one more time tonight ahead of the August primary. Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, state Senator Patrick Colbeck, and Dr. Jim Hines will share a stage in Detroit for their second and final televised debate. It begins at 8 p.m.

President’s Choice To Replace Kennedy Could Come From Michigan

Three Retired, Current Judges From Michigan RankHigh On A Presidential List…l

President Trump’s list of potential nominations to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court includes three current or retired judges from Michigan. They are retired Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young along with Judges Raymond Kethledge and Joan Larsen from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Young currently is the general counsel for Michigan State University and helped negotiate the 500-million dollar settlement with the survivors of former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

GasBuddy Warns Pump Prices Going Up Soon

Gas prices in Michigan have fallen sharply over the past week, but that’s not expected to last.

GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan says oil prices rose five-percent Friday after a “disappointing” decision by OPEC on production. He says Indiana prices are already back to around three-dollars a gallon and believes Michigan gas stations will follow suit in the next 24 to 48 hours. DeHaan adds a small reprieve is coming for the July Fourth holiday, with prices dipping to a touch below three-dollars a gallon by then.

Big Pharma Law Could Be Repealed

Some Michigan lawmakers want to repeal a law aimed at bring Big Pharama to the state…

Democrats in the Michigan House are trying again to repeal a 1995 law giving immunity to pharmaceutical companies that knowingly make or distribute harmful medication. The first attempt was over a decade ago after the drug Vioxx was shown to be responsible for deaths, and now they’re focused on attacking the opioid crisis with the repeal. Democrats are blaming Attorney General Bill Schuette for the only such law in the country, noting he sponsored the bill while in the state Senate 23 years ago. At the time, the bill was intended to lure pharmaceutical companies to the state.

Gas Prices Keep Falling

Gas prices on the slide heading into a new work week…

Gas prices are considerably lower in Michigan to start the week. According to Triple-A Michigan’s weekly survey, the statewide average has fallen 13-cents a gallon to two-dollars-90-cents following Memorial Day, which is normally the peak for the year. The highest prices are in Ann Arbor at two-99, while Traverse City has the lowest prices at two-75. A year ago, we were paying two-36 a gallon.

Highland Copper Mine

The numbers are in on a newmining project in the UP…

The recent results of a feasibility study have provided a comprehensive overview of a mining project. WLUC-TV reports Highland Copper Co. Inc. has announced the results of their 8 month study for its copper mine project in Gogebic County. It shows initial capital cost of the project will be about $275 million. The company will now focus on financing and permits. Construction could begin in January.

Record July 4th Travel Predicted

If you’re planning a trip for the Independence Day holiday, you will have a lot of company.

Triple-A Michigan is projecting a record number of Michiganders will travel at least 50 miles from home at almost one-point six million people. That’s up five-and-a-half percent from last year, and credit for the increase is given to a good economy and the holiday being on Wednesday. That is allowing people the option to hit the road either before or after without missing a lot of work.

State Budget Signed

Governor Snyder is a perfect eight-for-eight in signing the next fiscal year’s budget months before the current one expires.

After signing the budget that takes effect October 1st, he also criticized Republicans in the House and Senate for including language aimed at removing funding from Planned Parenthood. Snyder couldn’t issue a line-item veto for the provision, but said it’s “unenforceable.” The education budget will be signed next week, including 100-million dollars for what he calls his “Marshall Plan for Talent” to try to educate students for the jobs that are currently available.