Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reached a $1 billion spending bill, with most of it going to the SOAR fund, formed to attract large-scale developments to Michigan. The deal is not without critics.
A Lansing bill would require inspection of septic systems when homes are sold. It’s meant to address worries that old systems are failing, leaking E. coli and other bacteria into waterways. The bill faces opposition from the real-estate industry.