Gretchen Whitmer remakes Michigan DEQ again, but leaves oversight panels intact

Gretchen Whitmer remakes Michigan DEQ again, but leaves oversight panels intact

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Fresh off an override by Republicans, the Democratic governor issued an executive order Wednesday to reshuffle the DEQ. Oversight panels will remain, pending a legal review.

Consumers Energy chief: We’re making changes after natural gas crisis

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Consumers Energy will be less reliant on a single facility that can pump up to 64 percent of its gas, its CEO tells lawmakers Wednesday. A fire at the facility last month sparked a crisis that almost led to shutoffs.

More Michigan residents get college degrees, but state still trails diploma race

February 20, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson in Talent & Education

More than four in 10 Michigan adults have an associate’s degree or higher, the highest rate on record but still far short of what the state needs.

Michigan GOP asks high court to rule on sick leave, minimum wage changes

February 20, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Bad blood still remains after the GOP-controlled Legislature adopted citizen initiatives only to gut them later. Now, they want the Supreme Court to rule on whether lawmakers have that power.  

Here's how your ideas could help save Lake Superior's Buffalo Reef

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan officials are mulling how to thwart millions of tons of mining waste threatening to smother Buffalo Reef, a vital spawning ground for lake trout and whitefish. Here’s your chance to offer feedback. 

Michigan environment roundup: 13 water systems fail federal lead test.

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Opinion | Michigan can, and should, be a leader in addressing climate change

February 20, 2019 | Kate Madigan in Guest Commentary

Michigan can’t throw up its hands and say it can’t make a difference in something as big as climate change. But we need to do our part.

GOP lawmakers want Michigan Supreme Court to rule on minimum wage, sick leave

February 19, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

A request from the Republican-majority Legislature would sidestep the traditional litigation process, and do an end-run around Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Opinion | The miseducation of Michigan: How state fails kids in black history

February 19, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey in Talent & Education

My kids are in one of Michigan’s best districts. Their African-American history class included ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and a documentary about gangs. We can do better as we celebrate Black History Month.

Detroit must build its middle class to make its comeback

February 19, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

A new report says Detroit is 25 percent middle class and needs 27,000 new black families earning $46,000 or more to stabilize neighborhoods.

Medicaid work rules another test for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans

February 18, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is trying to avoid a repeat of Arkansas, where thousands of poor people lost medical coverage because of complex work rules. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says she has little to worry about with his legislation. 

Michigan senator seeks to end ‘revolving door’ of lawmakers turned lobbyists

February 18, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Michigan state Sen. Jim Runestad, a Republican from Oakland County, is trying again to force lawmakers to wait at least two years before going to work as lobbyists.

Opinion | No teacher shortage yet in Michigan, but the talent pipeline is leaking

February 18, 2019 | Eric Lupher in Guest Commentary

Fewer college students are considering careers in teaching, and new teachers flee the profession at a high rate. Michigan needs to address those issues.

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