Jake Neher

Jake Neher is a state Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. 

He joined MPRN in September of 2012. Before that he served as a reporter and anchor for WFUV Public Radio in the Bronx, New York, and as News Director for KBRW Public Radio in Barrow, Alaska. He has been working in radio in some capacity since he was 15 years old.

A native of southeast Michigan, Jake graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010. He has a master's degree in public communications from Fordham University.

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Some Michigan lawmakers want to limit the powers of the governor’s office.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth observe that Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been flexing her constitutional muscles lately, and Republicans aren’t happy about it.

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The month-long United Auto Workers strike against General Motors could soon come to an end. The union and the automaker recently reached a tentative contract agreement.

As part of the weekly series MichMash Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher speak with a reporter who has been covering the strike about what it has meant for the state and local economies.

You can learn more at https://wdet.org/series/michmash/ or subscribe to MichMash wherever you get your podcasts.

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers are starting the process of restoring some funding Whitmer vetoed in the new state budget.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about how Michiganders are feeling the cuts throughout the state.

You can read more at WDET.org/MichMash and you can listen again or subriscribe to the MichMash podcast wherever you get your podcasts.

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Governor Whitmer has eliminated funding for Pure Michigan. It was one of almost 150 line-item vetoes Whitmer made before signing the new state budget.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with Gongwer’s Alethia Kasben  about what that means for the state’s popular tourism campaign.

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The October First deadline to pass a state budget and avoid a partial government shutdown is fast approaching in Michigan.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about Republican attempts to scale back funding for Michigan’s new redistricting commission.

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Michigan lawmakers have struck a deal to fund K-12 schools when the new fiscal year starts in October. House Democrats negotiated the deal with the Republican majority… without Governor Gretchen Whitmer at the table.

 

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about how that might affect the governor’s ability to get things done going forward.

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There are many ways interest groups try to get lawmakers to pay attention to their pet issues. Some hold rallies on the state Capitol lawn. Others choose to operate behind-the-scenes.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about the record amount of money lobbyists are spending at restaurants in 2019 to influence state policy.

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Supporters of the vaping industry in Michigan are threatening legal action over a plan to ban flavored vaping products.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what authority the governor has to ban an entire product in the name of public health.

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Supporters of the vaping industry in Michigan are threatening legal action over a plan to ban flavored vaping products.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what authority the governor has to ban an entire product in the name of public health.

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April of next year marks the six-year anniversary of the start of the Flint Water Crisis. That’s significant… because state law gives prosecutors six years to charge public officials for misconduct.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about an effort to extend the statute of limitations in those cases.

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Michigan lawmakers are back to work after their summer break. The clock is ticking to get a state budget done before the new fiscal year starts in October.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what happens if it doesn’t get done.

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Aug 16, 2019
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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has promised to significantly reduce wait times at branch offices. But that hasn’t happened yet.

As part of the weekly series MichMash… Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with Riley Begin of Bridge Magazine about how that effort is going.

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  The annual Mackinac Policy Conference is a gathering of thousands of politicians and business leaders at the Grand Hotel. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with former Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, who’s now President of the Small Business Association of Michigan. They talk about why it’s worth paying attention to what happens at the conference each year. 

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vowed to veto controversial anti-abortion legislation if it reaches her desk. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about ways these bills could become law despite Whitmer’s opposition.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is wielding the power of the veto pen in Lansing. This week, she exercised a line-item veto on a bill to refill the state’s fund to compensate people who were wrongfully convicted, citing her pledge to veto appropriations in policy bills. And she has threatened to veto Republican plans to overhaul Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about another bill that could soon head to Whitmer’s desk, which would regulate e-cigarettes and vaping.

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