first_img21st Century Fox offers more concessions in bid for Sky by The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2018 12:42 am PDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2018 at 1:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – 21st Century Fox has offered new proposals to insulate Sky’s news operations from Rupert Murdoch’s influence in its ongoing bid to take full control of the London-based pay TV company.Fox said Tuesday it proposes to either sell Sky News to Walt Disney or comprehensively ringfence Sky News.It said in a regulatory filing it has worked “diligently” with Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority to come up with proposals that would “safeguard the editorial independence of Sky News” and address the agency’s concerns.The agency is considering whether to recommend the Fox deal for Sky to Culture Secretary Matt Hancock for approval.It has reached a preliminary finding that the 11.7 billion-pound ($16.5 billion) takeover would give Murdoch excessive control over Britain’s media.last_img

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first_img28Mar Rep. Miller approves largest education budget in state history Categories: Miller News,News State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today voted to increase the state’s allocation for each individual student by $100 as part of a $14.3 billion education budget.“Our state’s future is based on our students and our classrooms,” said Miller, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid. “That’s why I voted to approve this significant investment, so our kids can be proficient in reading, have better career and technical education programming, and have better educational opportunities than a year ago.”Among the key items in the approved education budget:Increases K-12 education funding to the highest ever in state history.Adds $100 more funding for each and every Michigan student, which adds up to $143 million more in Michigan’s classrooms.Increases funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs to $37.6 million, while also expanding grants for public-private partnership in CTE programs.Prioritizes early childhood literacy with $25.4 million dedicated to added instruction time, increased work with literacy coaches and in-classroom screenings to help K-3 students.Helps “at-risk students” with more funding for free or discounted lunches and added instruction time.The budget will be forwarded to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration.#####last_img

first_img“Making Michigan the best home for families, talent, and jobs is the driving force behind the priorities identified by our caucus.  The Governor has an opportunity to embrace that shared vision and work with the legislature to improve our state,” said Shirkey.  “Our goal is for Michigan to continue on its growth trajectory and for us to see more investment in our state to the benefit of all citizens.” 12Feb Republican leaders announce their expectations for the State of the State address Categories: Chatfield News “Our shared legislative priorities represent ample opportunity to craft bipartisan solutions.  Reducing the cost of car insurance is not a goal exclusive to Republicans or Democrats, it’s a problem all Michiganders want us to fix.  Building a better infrastructure plan has nothing to do with who you voted for in the last election, it’s about continual improvement so that Michigan is an attractive option for capital investment,” said Shirkey.  “Our caucus is eager to partner with our colleagues in the House and the Governor to deliver solutions for Michigan.” 2019 Legislative Republican PrioritiesSpeaker of the House Lee Chatfield, of Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, of Clarklake, today announced the top issues they and their Republican caucus members hope to see included by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in her State of the State address.  The issues represent shared priorities both leaders believe are essential to Michigan’s continued comeback. The shared priorities House and Senate Republicans expect to see highlighted in the address include the following:Lowering the nation’s highest auto insurance rates for Michigan familiesFixing Michigan’s infrastructureProtect and enhance the current funding to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridgesEnsure every student has access to clean drinking water in schoolSupport the Straits tunnel to secure energy and heat for Michigan families Supporting education and career readinessGive students options to design a career path that works for themGive teachers strong funding and time to teachGive parents more choice and greater control over their child’s future Making government work for everyone in MichiganContinue recent progress with criminal justice reformsFix the state’s broken mental health systemImprove government accountability and predictability “Focusing on these important topics would show Gov. Whitmer is on the right path and working on the right issues to begin her term,” said Chatfield.  “These priorities represent some of the items legislators hear about most often talking to people in their local communities and the most common causes for concern when people reach out to the Legislature for help.  They are also some of the biggest areas where a commitment from the governor to strong reforms can make a real difference in the lives of Michigan residents. “But these are not just the most pressing issues facing Michigan families; they are also common-sense, bipartisan reforms on which we can all agree. We have discussed policy priorities with our colleagues, and we can say with certainty that bringing these critical matters to the forefront will give the governor a leg up in finding common ground with the Legislature and a head start in delivering results for the people we represent.” Gov. Whitmer will present her first State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday night. Speaker Chatfield and Majority Leader Shirkey will be available to the media Wednesday morning to discuss the governor’s plans and answer questions about how well her remarks addressed the state’s top issues.last_img

first_img State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, will meet with area residents this month during office hours across her district.“Office hours are a great way to talk about the issues affecting our local communities,” Rep. Griffin said. “I hope you’ll take the opportunity to join me and share what’s on your mind.”Rep. Griffin will be available Friday, May 17 at the following times and locations:11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hartford City Hall, 19 W. Main St. in Hartford;1 to 2 p.m. at the South Haven Library, 314 Broadway St. in South Haven; and3 to 4 p.m. at Cooper Township Hall, 1590 D Ave. W. in Kalamazoo.No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. Griffin may call her office at (517) 373-0839 or email Categories: Griffin News 13May Rep. Griffin sets May in-district office hourslast_img

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