Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EST
PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two western Michigan townships have reached a tentative settlement with a footwear company in a federal lawsuit over contaminated water. The tentative deal announced Tuesday between Plainfield and Algoma townships and Wolverine World Wide calls for the company to pay $69.5 million toward extending a municipal water system to about 1,000 homes. Those homes with private wells north of Grand Rapids _ near where Wolverine dumped hazardous waste decades ago _ have been affected by the contamination. The chemicals known collectively as PFAS were long used in scores of industrial applications, don’t break down easily and can migrate from soil to groundwater. Some studies have suggested the chemicals can be harmful to human health.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal jury in western Michigan has cleared a Republican state lawmaker of lying to federal authorities but was hung on two other charges against him. The Detroit News reports jurors Tuesday found Rep. Larry Inman not guilty of lying to the FBI but could not reach a verdict on charges of attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe. Inman, from Williamsburg in the Traverse City area, had been accused of urging union officials in 2018 to round up $30,000 in campaign contributions per legislator to protect a law setting higher wages on state-financed construction projects. Colleagues in the Michigan Legislature asked earlier this year that he resign, but Inman declined.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Supreme Court justices would get a 10% raise under a measure that has won initial legislative approval. The state House backed the increase by voice vote Tuesday. The raise was recommended by a state commission that considers the compensation of justices and other elected officials. Supporters say the pay hike is needed because otherwise state Court of Appeals judges will soon make more than justices who sit on Michigan’s highest court. Justices make nearly $165,000 a year. Their pay would rise by 5% in 2021 and 5% in 2022. Their salary would be more than $181,000.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has voted to restore more than half of the state funding that was vetoed during a budget impasse. The move Tuesday largely resolves a monthslong stalemate. Lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer could address what to do with more than $370 million in unallocated funds in the new year. The main bill includes a new provision allowing lawmakers to reverse any department fund transfers, if Whitmer makes any related to the legislation. She calls the spending bills an “important step forward for Michigan.”