• Legislation would allow Medicare to negotiate drug costs

    U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced that he has joined his colleagues to introduce legislation to strengthen the bargaining rights of seniors on the cost of prescription drugs. The legislation permits Medicare to negotiate for lower prices on behalf of over 1.8 million Michiganders eligible for enrollment in Medicare Part D. Currently, Medicare is prohibited from…

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  • Michigan budget consensus reached; modest growth projected

    State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks, State Budget Director Chris Kolb, Senate Fiscal Agency Director Chris Harkins and House Fiscal Agency Director Mary Ann Cleary today reached consensus on economic and revenue figures for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and for the upcoming 2020 and 2021 fiscal years. Following today’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, net…

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Life is just a four-letter word

    By Mitchell Jon MacKay of East Jordan OR 12-LETTER-HYPHENATED AS THE CASE MAY BE, which is nothing other than scatology or an ethnic slur for shock-effect satire. Bodily parts and functions, Schmuck or Chutzpah for instance, express disdain or notability for a socially ostracized person or to emphasize marked approval—or disapproval—of persons, places, things gas-lighted. Linguistically,…

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