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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What Whitmer’s new coronavirus order means for Michigan summer plans

What Whitmer’s new coronavirus order means for Michigan summer plans

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Bottle returns can resume June 15. Drive-ins, immediately. Ditto for housekeeping services. But you have to wait until next week for restaurants and bars. And still no word on when tattoo shops, hairdressers and trampoline parks can reopen.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Trump ‘determined to sow the seeds of hatred’

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Trump ‘determined to sow the seeds of hatred’

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blasted President Donald Trump after he reportedly lashed out at governors, telling them to “dominate” protesters or “you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”

Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, will allow bars and restaurants to open statewide

Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, will allow bars and restaurants to open statewide

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer will allow the rest of the state to follow the lead of northern Michigan next week as she lifts coronavirus restrictions, sources tell Bridge Michigan.

Michigan continues to stumble in tracking coronavirus in nursing homes

Michigan continues to stumble in tracking coronavirus in nursing homes

May 30, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services acknowledges its count of nursing home COVID-19 cases is likely inaccurate. And the agency still cannot accurately list how many senior residents have died from virus complications.

How Michigan can save $80M and give state workers a raise amid coronavirus

How Michigan can save $80M and give state workers a raise amid coronavirus

May 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is utilizing a federal “work share” program to furlough state employees one day per week. Because of federal benefits, many state workers will earn more than they would have working five days per week.

Feds back Michigan businesses in suit against Whitmer’s coronavirus orders

Feds back Michigan businesses in suit against Whitmer’s coronavirus orders

May 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The U.S. Department of Justice announced late Friday that it is backing a lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, arguing she “imposed arbitrary and irrational limits” on businesses to fight COVID-19.

Gov. Whitmer: I didn’t OK Dem firm for coronavirus project, despite emails

Gov. Whitmer: I didn’t OK Dem firm for coronavirus project, despite emails

May 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday disputed a health department official’s characterization that her office gave a “green light” for the state to hire a Democratic campaign consultant’s firm to lead a volunteer COVID-19 contact tracing program.

Michigan nursing homes linked to 1 in 4 coronavirus deaths. Tally will grow.

Michigan nursing homes linked to 1 in 4 coronavirus deaths. Tally will grow.

May 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Robin Erb, Ted Roelofs

As questions swirl about transparency of Michigan nursing home data, a Democratic lawmaker slams Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policies that required homes to accept COVID-19 patients as an ‘epic fail.’

Whitmer team gave ‘green light’ to contact tracing firm with Dem ties

Whitmer team gave ‘green light’ to contact tracing firm with Dem ties

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Emails show Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office gave the “green light” for a contact tracing deal to a controversial firm, despite her public denials about the awarding of the no-bid contract.

LGBT rights group sues Michigan over ballot rules, citing coronavirus

LGBT rights group sues Michigan over ballot rules, citing coronavirus

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Enforcing traditional petition signature thresholds amid a global pandemic that requires social distancing would be unconstitutional, according to Fair and Equal Michigan, which sued the state on Monday.

Conservative appeals court to rehear Detroit 'right to read' lawsuit

Conservative appeals court to rehear Detroit 'right to read' lawsuit

May 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The full U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to rehear a Detroit literacy case and reconsider a groundbreaking panel ruling that students have a fundamental right to a basic education.

Trump’s tour of Ford plant ‘contrary’ to Whitmer’s new work rules, aide says

Trump’s tour of Ford plant ‘contrary’ to Whitmer’s new work rules, aide says

May 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An executive order by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requires newly reopened manufacturers to "suspend all non-essential in-person visits, including tours" to protect workers from the novel coronavirus. Trump is expected to tour a Ford facility on Thursday.

What to know about partial reopening of northern Michigan bars, restaurants

What to know about partial reopening of northern Michigan bars, restaurants

May 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House

Restaurants in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula can reopen Friday under a new order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but hotels are still closed to non-essential workers. And restaurants and bars will operate much differently than before the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen northern Michigan by Memorial Day weekend

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen northern Michigan by Memorial Day weekend

May 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House

Gretchen Whitmer announces bars, restaurants and other retail establishments in 32 northern Michigan counties can reopen with some restrictions on Friday. And she hints that she could announce this week that more areas can reopen.

Michigan’s $6.2B coronavirus budget gap ‘as bad or worse’ than Great Recession

Michigan’s $6.2B coronavirus budget gap ‘as bad or worse’ than Great Recession

May 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

How bad is it going to be? Very bad. 22 percent unemployment. $1.9 billion in lost taxes out of what would be an $11 billion general fund this year alone. The only options: Huge cuts, tax increases or hope for a D.C. bailout.

Lots of rain, few fireworks at latest protest of Michigan’s stay-at-home rules

Lots of rain, few fireworks at latest protest of Michigan’s stay-at-home rules

May 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Some 200 activists gathered at the Michigan Capitol on Thursday for a wet protest against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. It was a largely peaceful affair aside from a fight sparked by one protester hanging a doll from a noose.

Anti-vaccine and conspiracy activists tied to Lansing coronavirus protests

Anti-vaccine and conspiracy activists tied to Lansing coronavirus protests

May 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

Protest organizers include at least six people connected to the “medical freedom” movement, with some promoting conspiracies about the pandemic and vaccine testing. The protest comes as health officials report steep declines in child immunization rates in Michigan.

Whitmer asks Pence to discourage protests, worries about spreading coronavirus

Whitmer asks Pence to discourage protests, worries about spreading coronavirus

May 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday asked Vice President Mike Pence to discourage continued Capitol protests over her coronavirus quarantine orders. She also draws a direct link between Lansing demonstrators and the virus spreading to rural parts of Michigan.

Whitmer: GOP lawsuit adds a ‘constitutional crisis’ to coronavirus crisis

Whitmer: GOP lawsuit adds a ‘constitutional crisis’ to coronavirus crisis

May 12, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature is attempting to “build a constitutional crisis atop a public health crisis” by challenging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority during the coronavirus pandemic, her attorneys said Tuesday in a court filing

Health board accuses Michigan State Police of being lax on Capitol protesters

Health board accuses Michigan State Police of being lax on Capitol protesters

May 12, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

An Ingham County community health board said state and Lansing officials endanger public safety by not cracking down on anti-Whitmer protesters who do not follow restrictions intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Police say they will take enforcement action when necessary.

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