The state’s higher-education budgets do not include a large expansion of Michigan Reconnect, the tuition-free community college program, but does set aside funding for a to-be-determined scholarship program.
A Democrat-led bill package would require all children to receive two tests for lead poisoning by age 4 — something now required only for children on Medicaid. Doctors worry it could hold them responsible if parents don’t follow through.
Rising interest rates are meant to stem inflation, but the results can be “painful” as the economy shrinks, state business leaders say. Michigan has recorded three straight months of job losses, a sensitive topic for the state.
In approving the state’s education budget early Friday morning, the GOP legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also added investment in school safety measures and the teacher pension system, thanks to unexpectedly high state revenues this year.
Don’t forget to pack a life jacket and update yourself on water safety precautions before the holiday weekend. Drownings are up across the Great Lakes and state officials are urging beachgoers to prioritize safety.
The 6-3 ruling hinders federal efforts to regulate carbon emissions in U.S. power plants. But environmentalists and utilities say the state’s 2016 reforms of energy law will help Michigan continue its shift away from fossil fuels.