Rick Pluta has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
Rick was one of the first Michigan political reporters to write about “pay-to-play” fundraising, and the controversies surrounding recognition of same-sex relationships. He broke the news that Gov. John Engler was planning a huge juvenile justice overhaul that included adult-time-for-adult-crime sentencing, and has continued to report since then on the effects of that policy decision.
He co-hosts the weekly segment “It’s Just Politics” on Michigan Radio with Zoe Clark.
Rick is fascinated by the game of politics, and the grand plans and human foibles that go into policy-making. You will never find him ice-fishing.
Follow him on Twitter at @rickpluta
Contributions from Rick Pluta
- State sends 48,000 layoff notices because of budget standoff
The state has notified thousands of employees they could soon get layoff notices, unless Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature’s Republican leaders resolve a budget standoff.
- Gov. Whitmer prepared to veto any budget without new money for roads
In a turn-around from earlier this week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’s ready to veto budget bills that don’t raise new money for roads. Republicans in the Legislature have teed up budgets to be …
- Whitmer, GOP at impasse on roads and budget
Republican leaders say Governor Gretchen Whitmer will have to wait for new money for roads . They say she can expect budget bills to start heading her way next week – and the bargaining for new road m …
- Inman returns to House following federal indictments
State Representative Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) returned Tuesday to the state Capitol in Lansing. This is the first time he’s attended a House session since his colleagues adopted a formal request f …
- Rep. Inman's lawyers: Government’s bribery case too vague, broad to go to trial
State Representative Larry Inman’s (R-Williamsburg) defense appears to be that the charges lodged against him by federal prosecutors are so vague and expansive that they would shut down fundraising, c …