Michigan Senate panel rejects Whitmer gas tax, as budget dance continues

Michigan Senate panel rejects Whitmer gas tax, as budget dance continues

April 23, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Senate Republicans adopted a state transportation budget without any new long-term funding for roads. That proposal will come this summer, Republicans said.

Electric car fees in Michigan would soar under Whitmer’s roads plan

April 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to boost gas taxes by 45 cents would also make Michigan’s electric vehicle fees the highest in the nation. Critics say that comes atop other state policies that have discouraged sales of cleaner cars.

DTE chief: We’re cutting carbon because it’s ‘defining issue of our era’

April 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The energy company is accelerating its goal of cutting emissions by 80 percent. CEO Gerry Anderson says the company is ramping up solar and wind energy.

Cutting energy costs can be expensive. Michigan’s green bank can help.

April 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

A nonprofit known as Michigan Saves helps with financing and other efforts to cut sometimes exorbitant costs of becoming energy efficient.

Michigan mulls lifting barrier to solar energy on farmland

April 23, 2019 | Andy Balaskovitz in Michigan Environment Watch

A task force is considering whether farmers enrolled in a preservation program should be allowed to add solar panels.

Michigan environment roundup: Minnesota has Isle Royale envy

April 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

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

Dana Nessel, in a nod to Michigan workers, creates payroll fraud unit

April 22, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The attorney general, who received heavy union support in her campaign, said Monday she will go after Michigan companies that don’t pay full wages and benefits to employees through a new payroll fraud unit

When Michigan school districts go into debt, kids and communities pay price

April 22, 2019 | Emily Richmond in Public Sector

Michigan is among a dozen states that don’t provide funding to build or maintain buildings. That’s left districts like Whitmore Lake facing debt after trying to finance capital projects. How many more Michigan districts are in trouble?

Whitmer seeks a $5 million Pure Michigan cut to apply to roads. GOP balks.

April 22, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration says cutting $5 million from the Pure Michigan marketing budget will free up money for roads and schools. But two key House and Senate Republicans want to keep the popular campaign intact.

Opinion | Michigan must fix school funding model for students to shine

April 22, 2019 | Padma Kuppa in Guest Commentary

As an immigrant and a legislator, Padma Kuppa writes that she knows the value of an education, and Michigan needs to invest more.

Dana Nessel, Michigan’s brash attorney general, plows through Lansing

April 19, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Just months into office, the state’s top lawyer has dueled with Lansing Republicans, the Trump administration and the Catholic church, while reversing course on lawsuits by her conservative predecessor. Got a problem with that?

Fixing typo, Michigan loosens U.P. brook trout limits — for now

April 19, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan anglers can bag up to 10 brook trout on 33 U.P. streams this season,  ranging from a stretch of the Iron River to the north branch of the Pine River. But the relaxed limit could be temporary.

Yes, it takes billions to fix Michigan roads. No, taxpayers don’t want to pay.

April 19, 2019 | Ron French in Public Sector

How willing are politicians to raise taxes on roads when the idea is unpopular and voters don’t trust Lansing? We’ll soon find out.

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