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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Michigan Republican state lawmakers and Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer appear to be headed for a possible showdown on the state budget and road funding. But as part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about one area where Democrats and Republicans seem to be coming together.

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Say goodbye to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The MDEQ gets a name change on Monday. It will be called the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

As part of the weekly series MichMash… Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what that and other changes to the department mean for Michiganders.

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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has finished her tour of every branch office in the state. Benson says she’s working to make sure she keeps her campaign promise of guaranteeing wait times of no longer than 30 minutes.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about how long it might take before we can expect those shorter wait times at the Secretary of State’s office.

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The Michigan State Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments about Michigan’s minimum wage and paid sick leave laws. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth explain the question is whether lawmakers acted legally when they gutted those laws during last year’s lame duck session.

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Michigan is one of the only states where the Legislature and the governor don’t have to respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act, also known as FOIA. A state House panel approved bills to end that exemption during what’s known as Sunshine Week, a time to call attention to issues of government transparency. But some government watchdog groups are still not happy.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher shine some light on why they’re concerned.

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Recreational marijuana is now legal in Michigan. But some Michigan voters aren’t done casting ballots on cannabis issues.

 

As part of the weekly series MichMash… Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about new grassroots efforts around marijuana laws.

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is picking up where former Attorney General Bill Schuette left off on three major investigations. They include probes into the Flint Water Crisis… the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal… and Catholic priest abuse in Michigan.

As part of the weekly series MichMash… Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about how those investigations are rising above partisan politics.

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The Michigan legislature will have more than 24 billion dollars to work with as it gets ready to kick off its budget process in 2019. That’s the finding of economists and state officials as they met at the state Capitol Friday.  As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about the political implications of that number.

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We’re beginning to get a clearer picture of what state government might look like under Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer. She named a number of top cabinet positions this week.

As part of the weekly series Mich Mash… Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about how these picks might affect some of the biggest issues facing Michigan.

Democratic state lawmakers are again hoping to allow no-reason absentee voting in Michigan.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has said recently that more people who have died or moved out of state must be removed from the state’s voter registration database before lawmakers will agree to stop putting conditions on who can vote absentee.

Some state lawmakers want to give voters an alternative to the May 5th ballot proposal to boost funding for roads. That measure would raise the sales tax from six percent to seven percent.

State Representative Anthony Forlini wants to pass a backup plan to raise the money. It would only take effect if voters reject the sales tax increase.

Michigan teens would be able to pre-register to vote under a proposal in Lansing.

The measure would allow 16 and 17 year olds to fill out their voter registration paperwork when they get their driver’s licenses. The state would mail their voter cards when they turn 18.

The state has rejected ACT’s claim that Michigan unfairly switched its free college entrance exam to the SAT starting in spring 2016.

  ACT protested two aspects of the bidding process. It said the state changed the timeline of the proposed contract and penalized ACT for having a writing portion. It says both of those things unfairly benefitted SAT.

State officials say they reviewed those concerns carefully.

A group of Republican state lawmakers will try again to protect religious practices against state and local government interference.

The Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) failed to pass before the legislative session ended last year.

State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, introduced the bill again this week.

“It’s simply all about protecting and preserving the rights that the Constitution provides for all citizens – not just select groups of citizens,” he said.

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take same-sex marriage cases from Michigan and three other states. The high court will decide this term whether the states' bans are constitutional.

In its decision to hear the case, the Supreme Court said the cases will be consolidated to answer two questions. From the decision:

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