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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"What a long, strange trip it's been."

- Senate Majority Leader Randy RICHARDVILLE (R-Monroe) quoting the late Grateful Dead singer Jerry GARCIA during his goodbye speech. The quote turned out to reflect the final session day of the year, as it stretched from 10 a.m. Thursday morning to the early morning hours of Friday.

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Senate Begrudgingly Agrees To Ballot Proposal
"The main piece of the legislative agreement designed to put more money into Michigan's crumbling roads nearly stalled in the Senate Friday morning as Senate Republican leadership scrambled to get 26 votes needed to put a one-penny sales tax proposal on the May ballot. "
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Ballot Proposal Highlights Road Deal
"If Michigan voters are willing to pay an extra cent on the sales tax to fix the state's roads, they're going to have a chance to prove it."
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Medical Marijuana, Teacher Evals Fail On Final Night
"Rep. Mike CALLTON (R-Nashville) compared the journey of his bill to establish medical marijuana provisioning centers to a roller coaster. Early Friday morning, the ride came to an end without passage for that bill, as well as others to create new religious protections and a teacher evaluation system. "
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Snyder: 'No Animosity' During Road Funding Meetings
"The fight over the best way to fund Michigan's crumbling infrastructure to the tune of at least $1.2 billion has long been a source of ire and contention on both sides of the aisle."
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Interest Groups Look For Silver Lining In Roads Deal
"It's not what they wanted, but business organizations and other interest groups withheld sharp criticisms of the road funding deal reached among Gov. Rick SNYDER and legislative leaders -- which includes a ballot proposal -- trying to see positives in the multi-faceted plan."
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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"What a long, strange trip it's been."

- Senate Majority Leader Randy RICHARDVILLE (R-Monroe) quoting the late Grateful Dead singer Jerry GARCIA during his goodbye speech. The quote turned out to reflect the final session day of the year, as it stretched from 10 a.m. Thursday morning to the early morning hours of Friday.