Jonathan Oosting

Jonathan Oosting is an award-winning Michigan political reporter covering the Capitol beat for Bridge. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and has previously worked for The Detroit News and MLive Media Group. He is from Grand Rapids and lives in Lansing. You can reach him at joosting@bridgemi.com, 517-862-1079 or on Twitter @jonathanoosting.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says COVID-19 antibody test could help reopen economy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says COVID-19 antibody test could help reopen economy

April 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s governor wants to identify residents who have recovered from the coronavirus to help plan when to reopen the economy. The state also will begin publishing recovery data, as Whitmer comes under scrutiny over transparency.

Dems, GOP spar over Michigan Legislature’s plans to meet amid pandemic

Dems, GOP spar over Michigan Legislature’s plans to meet amid pandemic

April 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Democrats, Republicans spar over a special session planned Tuesday about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a 70-day extension of her emergency powers.

Toilet paper for donors? Coronavirus forces Michigan campaigns to get creative

Toilet paper for donors? Coronavirus forces Michigan campaigns to get creative

April 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In Michigan, politics amid a pandemic has candidates scrambling to get signatures during a state lockdown. One is promising to deliver toilet paper to top donors. Another has delivered meals to needy residents. But no one is kissing babies.

Whitmer strongly hints she'll extend coronavirus stay-home order in Michigan

Whitmer strongly hints she'll extend coronavirus stay-home order in Michigan

April 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

With the state still roughly five weeks from hitting its peak in cases of the coronavirus, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the threat to human life remains too perilous to loosen restrictions anytime soon.

Michigan unemployment surges; record 1 in 10 workers have filed claims

Michigan unemployment surges; record 1 in 10 workers have filed claims

April 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

More than 300,000 Michigan residents filed unemployment insurance claims last week, an unprecedented surge amid the coronavirus pandemic that has forced business closures, prompted mass layoffs and overwhelmed the state filing system.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer asks Legislature to extend emergency powers 70 days

Michigan Gov. Whitmer asks Legislature to extend emergency powers 70 days

April 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature to extend her emergency authority by 70 days amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The House is developing a plan to hold a session next week without violating social distancing guidelines.

Facing shortages, Michigan asks feds for experimental coronavirus drugs

Facing shortages, Michigan asks feds for experimental coronavirus drugs

March 31, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is “pursuing a request” for hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine from the federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile

Michigan axes $80M in pork spending, shifts spending to fight coronavirus

Michigan axes $80M in pork spending, shifts spending to fight coronavirus

March 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Bracing for what could be a multibillion dollar loss in state revenue, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders on Monday agreed to cancel $80 million in special project spending as they focus dwindling state resources on the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan, United States set records for weekly unemployment claims

Michigan, United States set records for weekly unemployment claims

March 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Nationally, more than 3.2 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance benefits last week. That was more than four times the previous recorded high of 695,000 initial claims in October 1982.

Coronavirus complaints overwhelm Michigan unemployment, law enforcement

Coronavirus complaints overwhelm Michigan unemployment, law enforcement

March 25, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Attorney General Dana Nessel says she’s overrun with complaints about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, while unemployment claims burden state systems. The confusion is even causing suburban police to investigate clothing stores to ensure they’re closed.

Police: Don’t expect us to enforce Michigan’s confusing coronavirus lockdown

Police: Don’t expect us to enforce Michigan’s confusing coronavirus lockdown

March 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Flouting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order is a misdemeanor. But some police say they’re unlikely to wade into the confusion of who is an essential worker. ‘Good luck with that,’ one lawyer says.

What jobs are exempt from Michigan coronavirus lockdown? You may be surprised.

What jobs are exempt from Michigan coronavirus lockdown? You may be surprised.

March 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Michigan to stay home, but allowed ‘essential’ employees to keep working. Her exemptions include more than a dozen industries employing 1 million workers.

How to survive coronavirus lockdown: Tips for Michigan from San Francisco

How to survive coronavirus lockdown: Tips for Michigan from San Francisco

March 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Life under a stay-home order is new to Michigan, but San Francisco residents have been living under similar orders since March 17. Read how one resident is coping.

Stay at home, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says as coronavirus cases soar

Stay at home, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says as coronavirus cases soar

March 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ron French

Residents are to stay at home except for workers in essential service sectors. Such orders in other states make allowances for hospitals, groceries, gas stations, take-out restaurants, pharmacies and the like to stay open.

Michigan strains unemployment system with most claims since Great Recession

Michigan strains unemployment system with most claims since Great Recession

March 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

More than 80,000 Michigan residents filed for unemployment insurance between Monday and Thursday, according to a top official. The flood of claims has strained the state website and call center, prompting delays for residents made jobless by the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan governing goes virtual during coronavirus, posing host of questions

Michigan governing goes virtual during coronavirus, posing host of questions

March 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

How do you gather petitions for ballot measures during a pandemic? Or meet to approve laws during social distancing? In the past week, Michigan has had to adjust governance on the fly.

Should Michigan tap its $1.2B rainy day fund for coronavirus crisis?

Should Michigan tap its $1.2B rainy day fund for coronavirus crisis?

March 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan OKs $150M in help for the global pandemic. But as coronavirus grinds the economy to a halt, some say now is the time to tap the state’s $1.2 billion reserve fund.

Coronavirus will hammer Michigan economy. Only question is how much.

Coronavirus will hammer Michigan economy. Only question is how much.

March 17, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting, Tom Henderson

How bad will it get? Many economists agree a major downturn is coming along with perhaps hundreds of thousands of layoffs. But others say if the coronavirus is contained soon, the economy could roar back.

Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

March 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Trump must’ve been watching cable news on Tuesday morning, because he lashed out at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer minutes after she appeared on MSNBC to discuss the coronavirus epidemic.

Coronavirus just closed your company. What’s next for Michigan workers?

Coronavirus just closed your company. What’s next for Michigan workers?

March 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday ordered all bars, restaurants and casinos to close, but she also expanded unemployment insurance benefits in ways that may help workers who lose their jobs or are furloughed.

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