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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Michigan’s income gap is widening. Time for Democrats to soak the rich?

Michigan’s income gap is widening. Time for Democrats to soak the rich?

March 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democrats competing in Michigan’s March 10 primary want to dramatically increase taxes on the rich. The plans are popular as the middle class shrinks, but experts say they won’t pay for candidates’ ambitious plans.

Another year, another plan stalls to fix transit in southeast Michigan

Another year, another plan stalls to fix transit in southeast Michigan

March 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The latest in a series of plans to enhance regional transit in southeast Michigan fails in the Legislature, after townships in northern Oakland County opt to out of a proposed tax.

How Democratic presidential candidates would raise taxes to pay for plans

How Democratic presidential candidates would raise taxes to pay for plans

March 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential hopefuls are proposing aggressive spending plans to combat climate change, make college free or more affordable, increase access to health care and more. They’re going to have to pay for them somehow.

Michigan group rushes to get graduated income tax on 2020 ballot

Michigan group rushes to get graduated income tax on 2020 ballot

February 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A progressive group wants voters to change the constitution to lower taxes for joint filers making less than $350,000, but raise them on higher earners to generate another $1.5 billion.

Thousands want to draw Michigan’s political districts. Most are white men.

Thousands want to draw Michigan’s political districts. Most are white men.

February 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A new independent redistricting panel has attracted 6,000 volunteers, but Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says they don’t yet reflect Michigan’s demographic and geographic diversity. 

Michigan’s big bet on small tech fell flat. Now the $250M bill is due

Michigan’s big bet on small tech fell flat. Now the $250M bill is due

February 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In the depths of the Great Recession, Michigan invested in a fund to help high-tech startups. Some of those firms have left the state, and the program spent $255,000 for every job it created. Taxpayers are stuck with the tab.

Democrats’ hard push for electric vehicles would upend Michigan economy

Democrats’ hard push for electric vehicles would upend Michigan economy

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential hopefuls have big goals for electric vehicle production in their efforts to combat climate change. Michigan automakers are unlikely to meet those timetables, though, and unions fear electric vehicles could kill jobs.

What Democrats’ climate change plans mean to Michigan automakers, workers

What Democrats’ climate change plans mean to Michigan automakers, workers

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential candidates want to ensure that all new light vehicles sold in the United States emit no carbon as soon as 2030. Read their plans for how to get there.

Democrats hope solving battery anxiety will jumpstart electric car sales

Democrats hope solving battery anxiety will jumpstart electric car sales

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Presidential candidates and Michigan regulators want big investments in battery charging infrastructure, which remains a key hurdle to electric car sales. Last year, just 2 percent of U.S. car sales were electric vehicles.

Fact Squad | Ad touts Elissa Slotkin’s work fighting PFAS chemicals

Fact Squad | Ad touts Elissa Slotkin’s work fighting PFAS chemicals

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A new ad thanks freshman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin for fighting PFAS. While mostly accurate, the ad leaves out a few details, Fact Squad finds.

Driver hurt by concrete chunk. It fell from a bridge Michigan deemed safe.

Driver hurt by concrete chunk. It fell from a bridge Michigan deemed safe.

February 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan has more than 447 bridges that are in rough shape. The piece of concrete that fell and injured a driver in Lansing on Thursday wasn’t one of them, compounding fears of crumbling infrastructure.

Michigan ballots loaded with tax requests in primary GOP voters may skip

Michigan ballots loaded with tax requests in primary GOP voters may skip

February 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan voters to decide 245 local ballot proposals in March, an unusually high number for a primary. The requests are prompting debate because Republican participation turnout may be low because President Trump faces token opposition.

Whitmer’s budget: more help for Michigan moms, not so much for local roads

Whitmer’s budget: more help for Michigan moms, not so much for local roads

February 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Much could change before Michigan adopts a budget this year, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants more money for vulnerable mothers, environmental cleanups and education. College and municipal leaders aren’t so happy.

Gretchen Whitmer wants to bring back scaled-down Pure Michigan campaign

Gretchen Whitmer wants to bring back scaled-down Pure Michigan campaign

February 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic governor is proposing $15 million in funding for the tourism advertising campaign she nixed last year during a budget .

What Democratic presidential candidates’ plans mean for Michigan environment

What Democratic presidential candidates’ plans mean for Michigan environment

February 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential candidates’ plans for water quality, climate change and other environmental issues could have major effects on Michigan.

Dems have big PFAS plans, fewer for Great Lakes, as Michigan primary nears

Dems have big PFAS plans, fewer for Great Lakes, as Michigan primary nears

February 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential candidates are rolling out plans to fight PFAS, improve water quality and fight climate change. There’s less talk about the Great Lakes before the March 10 primary, which some call a glaring omission.

 With auto rate relief promised, Michigan gives new scrutiny to insurers

With auto rate relief promised, Michigan gives new scrutiny to insurers

February 5, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan is beefing up anti-fraud investigations and mounting a public education campaign to help drivers realize savings promised in a new law that takes effect this summer.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer takes aim at Trump’s economy in State of Union reply

Michigan Gov. Whitmer takes aim at Trump’s economy in State of Union reply

February 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer says ‘Americans are hurting,’ especially in Michigan, which is expected to be a battleground state in this year’s presidential election. 

How Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepared for State of Union response

How Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepared for State of Union response

February 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stands in spotlight, as she delivers Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address. Republicans say all she’s delivered is broken promises.

Michigan OKs $3.5B in roads spending. Much of it is going to Metro Detroit.

Michigan OKs $3.5B in roads spending. Much of it is going to Metro Detroit.

January 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

One day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced she will borrow money for roads fixes, a state commission approves the measure that will send 40 percent of projects to southeast Michigan.

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