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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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.

Frustrated Gov. Whitmer vows no more ‘games’ with GOP on fixing Michigan

Frustrated Gov. Whitmer vows no more ‘games’ with GOP on fixing Michigan

January 29, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in her second State of the State, says she’ll work around recalcitrant Republicans to fix roads, maintain Affordable Care Act protections and ensure students don’t repeat the third grade because of the reading law.

Highways win, local streets left ‘in the dust’ by Whitmer’s $3.5B roads plan

Highways win, local streets left ‘in the dust’ by Whitmer’s $3.5B roads plan

January 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's new plan to "fix the damn roads" by issuing $3.5 billion in bonds would help rebuild Michigan highways without a tax increase but saddle the state with decades of new debt.

For state address in 2020, Michigan Gov. Whitmer still working on 2019 goals

For state address in 2020, Michigan Gov. Whitmer still working on 2019 goals

January 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to highlight six familiar issues after 2019 plans to fix roads, change school funding, close a talent gap and curb distracted driving failed or moved slowly in GOP Legislature.

Michigan voters: Roads stink, but don’t ask us to pay for fixes

Michigan voters: Roads stink, but don’t ask us to pay for fixes

January 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan voters say roads are getting worse, but they aren’t ready to open their checkbooks to fix them, according to a new statewide poll that points to distrust in state government.

How Democratic presidential candidates want to change health care, Medicare

How Democratic presidential candidates want to change health care, Medicare

January 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s presidential primary is March 10. Here’s a look at how the contenders would change health insurance.

Fact Squad | Sanders promises Medicare for All will cut Michigan auto rates

Fact Squad | Sanders promises Medicare for All will cut Michigan auto rates

January 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders claims car insurance rates will fall with his Medicare for All plan. He doesn’t mention that they’re expected to change anyway this year.

What Democrats’ Medicare for All plans would mean for Michigan

What Democrats’ Medicare for All plans would mean for Michigan

January 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Experts say Medicare for All would extend health care coverage to more than 500,000 Michigan residents and end expensive costs that can make it unaffordable. But residents and businesses in Michigan would face significant tax hikes, and private insurance workers could lose their jobs.

Michigan still owes GM over $2 billion in tax credits from Great Recession

Michigan still owes GM over $2 billion in tax credits from Great Recession

January 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An old Michigan tax credit program designed to stem massive job losses over a decade ago continues to gouge the state budget, but a new deal with General Motors Co. will at least provide some certainty in future years.

Senator accuses Lucido of harassment as #MeToo reckoning hits Michigan Capitol

Senator accuses Lucido of harassment as #MeToo reckoning hits Michigan Capitol

January 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Sen. Peter Lucido, who chairs powerful committees, is facing a second accusation of sexual harassment, this time from a colleague. He denies the accusations.

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