Representative Aaron Miller

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state House has adopted a bill to settle a controversy on what licensed mental health counselors are allowed to do and what they are not allowed to do. 

Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta says cheers erupted from a packed gallery to celebrate the House action. The bill would circumvent proposed rule changes. Licensed counselors say the proposed changes would put thousands of them out of business. And they say it would rupture a mental health system that relies on them, in part because there’s a shortage of psychiatrists and psychologists.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan schools will finalize their budgets Monday – but without knowing how much money they’ll have to work with.

It’s the start of the new fiscal year for school districts, and that means that schools in Michigan need to know now how much money they are going to use throughout the year, but lawmakers in Lansing have yet to give them a clear picture of what they can expect their budgets to be.

Republican Representative Aaron Miller is chair of a subcommittee focused on education spending. He says this situation has happened in the past.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   At the state Capitol, Republican leaders say they agree with Democrats that Michigan needs better roads and water infrastructure. 

House GOP leaders outlined their plans for 2019 Tuesday.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a Democrat. The Legislature is controlled by Republicans. But GOP leaders say that does not necessarily mean gridlock for the next two years.

Republican state Representative Aaron Miller says the tough job won’t be coming to an agreement that roads need to be fixed.