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

Congrats on budget, Michigan. It does little to fix state’s biggest problems.

Congrats on budget, Michigan. It does little to fix state’s biggest problems.

December 10, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s divided government finally passes a budget. It barely addresses the state’s bad roads, middling schools and expensive colleges.

Jury acquits Larry Inman of lying to FBI; mistrial on other counts

Jury acquits Larry Inman of lying to FBI; mistrial on other counts

December 10, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

A Traverse City state representative who sent a union asking for donations for a vote is acquitted of lying to the FBI, but jurors can't reach a verdict on the most serious charges.

'It's always about the money': Larry Inman bribery case goes to jurors

'It's always about the money': Larry Inman bribery case goes to jurors

December 9, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan state Rep. Larry Inman's fate is now in the hands of jurors, who are considering whether the third-term Republican lawmaker is guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt" of extortion, bribery and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Larry Inman trial highlights blurred lines and boozy underbelly of Michigan politics

Larry Inman trial highlights blurred lines and boozy underbelly of Michigan politics

December 5, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Testimony in state Rep. Larry Inman’s criminal trial for alleged extortion and bribery has showed unsavory side of Michigan’s political system. And Thursday, the case forced one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers to take the stand.  

Feds: Union solicited by state Rep. Larry Inman worked to recall him

Feds: Union solicited by state Rep. Larry Inman worked to recall him

December 3, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

The trial began Tuesday for Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) on charges of allegedly soliciting a bribe, extortion and lying to the FBI.

Quid pro quo? Larry Inman trial to test limits of campaign cash solicitations

Quid pro quo? Larry Inman trial to test limits of campaign cash solicitations

December 2, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

State Rep. Larry Inman is far from the only lawmaker who has solicited campaign contributions from special interest groups. But federal prosecutors allege he offered to sell his vote in exchange for donations.

Michigan House Speaker ordered to testify in Rep. Inman’s corruption trial

Michigan House Speaker ordered to testify in Rep. Inman’s corruption trial

November 26, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

A federal judge on Tuesday denied an attempt by House Speaker Lee Chatfield to quash a subpoena ordering him to testify next week in embattled state Rep. Larry Inman's corruption trial.

Judge rejects GOP bid to delay Michigan redistricting commission

Judge rejects GOP bid to delay Michigan redistricting commission

November 25, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

In a blow to Republicans, U.S. District Court Judge Janet Neff said delaying implementation of a voter-approved redistricting commission law would be a “drastic action” not warranted by lawsuit claims.

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.

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