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.

Articles

No deal: Senate GOP rejects possible budget compromise

No deal: Senate GOP rejects possible budget compromise

November 7, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

County sheriffs, small schools, local governments and other groups grappling with state funding cuts may have to wait several more weeks for Michigan leaders to resolve an ongoing budget dispute.

Locals to Lansing: Get a budget deal, because cuts are getting real

Locals to Lansing: Get a budget deal, because cuts are getting real

November 6, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

While Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders squabble, budget vetoes are forcing cuts or other tough decisions for local governments, nonprofits and service entities that have already lost state funding — or will soon if state leaders do not resolve the dispute.

A year after pot became legal, Michigan still months away from retail sales

A year after pot became legal, Michigan still months away from retail sales

November 4, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

A supply shortage and regulatory hurdles means recreational pot sales aren’t likely until February or March. And two-thirds of all Michigan municipalities have already passed rules saying ‘not in our town.’

 Michigan lawmakers want to expand tax break before it’s created a single job

Michigan lawmakers want to expand tax break before it’s created a single job

November 1, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

A bipartisan effort is underway in Lansing to expand a program that so far has paid $20,000 per every job businesses have promised to create. The move comes despite growing skepticism that incentives work.

Critics fear Michigan is promising the moon to land cloud data storage firms

Critics fear Michigan is promising the moon to land cloud data storage firms

October 31, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan lawmakers want to attract massive cloud storage data centers that technology giants like Facebook and Google are opening in other states, but critics fear the tax breaks will siphon money needed to fix struggling schools.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’ll make a budget deal, but won’t cede powers

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’ll make a budget deal, but won’t cede powers

October 29, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday offered Republican legislative leaders a series of bargaining concessions in an attempt to break an ongoing budget stalemate but made clear she will not sign away gubernatorial power.

Beyond term limits: 5 ‘good government’ ideas eyed by Michigan reformers

Beyond term limits: 5 ‘good government’ ideas eyed by Michigan reformers

October 28, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

An unlikely alliance of Voters Not Politicians and GOP leaders are discussing opening public records access laws, lobbying reforms, personal financial disclosures, ethics oversight and limitations on aggressive legislating during the state’s so-called lame-duck session.

Michigan’s roads have turned to crap. So has a strike among road builders.

Michigan’s roads have turned to crap. So has a strike among road builders.

October 24, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

A months-long union worker strike at one of Michigan’s largest road building firms has delayed some pavement projects and shows no signs of letting up as the summer construction season nears an end.

Anti-gerrymandering group may team with GOP to tackle term limits

Anti-gerrymandering group may team with GOP to tackle term limits

October 22, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Interest in changing Michigan’s strict legislative term limits may produce an unlikely alliance: Voters Not Politicians, the GOP and Michigan Chamber.

Pure Michigan gets reprieve, but its future is cloudy amid budget showdown

Pure Michigan gets reprieve, but its future is cloudy amid budget showdown

October 22, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Work on Pure Michigan tourism ads will continue through at least the end of the year after approval to use $740K to pay firms. Its long-term status remains shaky after a $37.5 million budget veto.

How Michigan Republicans nearly gutted discrimination investigations

How Michigan Republicans nearly gutted discrimination investigations

October 21, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

In an under-the-radar move, the GOP tried to shift $1.5 million from the Department of Civil Rights to three private museums. The move came as hate crimes are increasing.

Former Michigan Governor William Milliken dies at 97

Former Michigan Governor William Milliken dies at 97

October 18, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Known for his ability to reach across the aisle, the Republican and state’s longest serving governor served Michigan as waterways commissioner, state senator and lieutenant governor before becoming governor.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer eases access to welfare in Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer eases access to welfare in Michigan

October 17, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic governor loosens policies restricting how much money recipients can have in the bank. Critics of the old rules called them ‘cruel and unusual,’ but Republicans fear the new limits will increase fraud.

 

Judge: Jury should decide if Michigan Rep. Larry Inman broke the law

Judge: Jury should decide if Michigan Rep. Larry Inman broke the law

October 15, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Were Michigan Rep. Larry Inman’s solicitations for donations ‘legitimate legislative sausage making’ or a ‘criminal attempt to extort money’? A jury will decide, after a judge declines to dismiss the case.

Plans for visitor center at Michigan Capitol downsized after Whitmer veto

Plans for visitor center at Michigan Capitol downsized after Whitmer veto

October 14, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

A visitor center next to the state Capitol will be smaller after the first-term governor nixes an additional $15 million for the project.

Dana Nessel adopts Trump defense in heated LGBT Michigan adoption case

Dana Nessel adopts Trump defense in heated LGBT Michigan adoption case

October 11, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Attorney General Nessel is asking the judge to ignore her heated rhetoric as a private citizen and suspend his recent ruling allowing faith-based adoption agencies to refuse service to gay or transgender parents. 

Michigan Republicans want to rein in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget power

Michigan Republicans want to rein in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget power

October 10, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Republicans explore taking power away from Whitmer, as her Democratic allies submit bills to restore some unpopular budget cuts, including $1 million for an autism program and $34 million for rural hospitals.

Caro’s psychiatric hospital is saved. Michigan’s mental health crisis persists.

Caro’s psychiatric hospital is saved. Michigan’s mental health crisis persists.

October 9, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spared a psychiatric hospital whose closure would have devastated the Thumb. But long waiting lists persist statewide, and the hospital’s problems remain.

Michigan Republicans jockeying to override Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget vetoes

Michigan Republicans jockeying to override Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget vetoes

October 8, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Ahead of a Thursday meeting with the first-term governor, GOP lawmakers are drafting bills to restore funding for popular programs Whitmer cut including an autism hotline.

Michigan seeks to cash in on CBD craze, but hemp harvest not without hiccups

Michigan seeks to cash in on CBD craze, but hemp harvest not without hiccups

October 7, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s first-ever hemp harvest is bearing fruit. Now that CBD has gone mainstream, early returns are positive, despite fears of overproduction and overhype.

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