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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GOP, merchants upset Michigan’s stay-home order is tougher than other states

GOP, merchants upset Michigan’s stay-home order is tougher than other states

April 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s coronavirus caseload is beginning to slow, prompting some to question Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s expanded stay-home order. She and doctors say vigilance is necessary or infections will spike.

What Michigan's new coronavirus stay-at-home executive order means

What Michigan's new coronavirus stay-at-home executive order means

April 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Yes, you can put up drywall. No, you can’t buy paint from a big box store. Or plants. Or travel between homes. But don’t worry. You won’t get arrested if you do. Probably. Bridge examines the details of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest stay-at-home order.

Coronavirus pandemic extends Michigan stay-at-home order until end of April

Coronavirus pandemic extends Michigan stay-at-home order until end of April

April 9, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Additional restrictions will be put on large stores under extended stay-at-home order and vacation travel is banned.

Michigan now second in nation for jobless claims amid coronavirus pandemic

Michigan now second in nation for jobless claims amid coronavirus pandemic

April 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Paula Gardner

Despite widespread complaints over a sluggish website and slammed call center, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency successfully processed 817,185 initial benefits claims between March 15 and April 4, second only to the more populous state of California.

Michigan governments take to Zoom. Burps, porn and arrest threats follow.

Michigan governments take to Zoom. Burps, porn and arrest threats follow.

April 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Amid the coronavirus lockdockdown, local governments are meeting via videoconferencing  — and encountering a host of problems. But does the solution infringe upon the public’s right to know how governments conduct the people’s business?

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: I’m trying to be transparent about coronavirus data

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: I’m trying to be transparent about coronavirus data

April 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer says hospital data are slowly improving about the coronavirus and blames a lack of funding for jammed phone lines for those trying to file for unemployment.

Some in masks, Michigan lawmakers extend Whitmer authority amid coronavirus

Some in masks, Michigan lawmakers extend Whitmer authority amid coronavirus

April 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

State lawmakers answered screening questions, had their temperature checked and some wore masks in the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday as they extended Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority to battle the coronavirus through April 30.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says COVID-19 antibody test could help reopen economy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says COVID-19 antibody test could help reopen economy

April 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s governor wants to identify residents who have recovered from the coronavirus to help plan when to reopen the economy. The state also will begin publishing recovery data, as Whitmer comes under scrutiny over transparency.

Dems, GOP spar over Michigan Legislature’s plans to meet amid pandemic

Dems, GOP spar over Michigan Legislature’s plans to meet amid pandemic

April 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Democrats, Republicans spar over a special session planned Tuesday about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a 70-day extension of her emergency powers.

Toilet paper for donors? Coronavirus forces Michigan campaigns to get creative

Toilet paper for donors? Coronavirus forces Michigan campaigns to get creative

April 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In Michigan, politics amid a pandemic has candidates scrambling to get signatures during a state lockdown. One is promising to deliver toilet paper to top donors. Another has delivered meals to needy residents. But no one is kissing babies.

Whitmer strongly hints she'll extend coronavirus stay-home order in Michigan

Whitmer strongly hints she'll extend coronavirus stay-home order in Michigan

April 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

With the state still roughly five weeks from hitting its peak in cases of the coronavirus, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the threat to human life remains too perilous to loosen restrictions anytime soon.

Michigan unemployment surges; record 1 in 10 workers have filed claims

Michigan unemployment surges; record 1 in 10 workers have filed claims

April 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

More than 300,000 Michigan residents filed unemployment insurance claims last week, an unprecedented surge amid the coronavirus pandemic that has forced business closures, prompted mass layoffs and overwhelmed the state filing system.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer asks Legislature to extend emergency powers 70 days

Michigan Gov. Whitmer asks Legislature to extend emergency powers 70 days

April 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature to extend her emergency authority by 70 days amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The House is developing a plan to hold a session next week without violating social distancing guidelines.

Facing shortages, Michigan asks feds for experimental coronavirus drugs

Facing shortages, Michigan asks feds for experimental coronavirus drugs

March 31, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is “pursuing a request” for hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine from the federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile

Michigan axes $80M in pork spending, shifts spending to fight coronavirus

Michigan axes $80M in pork spending, shifts spending to fight coronavirus

March 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Bracing for what could be a multibillion dollar loss in state revenue, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders on Monday agreed to cancel $80 million in special project spending as they focus dwindling state resources on the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan, United States set records for weekly unemployment claims

Michigan, United States set records for weekly unemployment claims

March 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Nationally, more than 3.2 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance benefits last week. That was more than four times the previous recorded high of 695,000 initial claims in October 1982.

Coronavirus complaints overwhelm Michigan unemployment, law enforcement

Coronavirus complaints overwhelm Michigan unemployment, law enforcement

March 25, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Attorney General Dana Nessel says she’s overrun with complaints about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, while unemployment claims burden state systems. The confusion is even causing suburban police to investigate clothing stores to ensure they’re closed.

Police: Don’t expect us to enforce Michigan’s confusing coronavirus lockdown

Police: Don’t expect us to enforce Michigan’s confusing coronavirus lockdown

March 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Flouting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order is a misdemeanor. But some police say they’re unlikely to wade into the confusion of who is an essential worker. ‘Good luck with that,’ one lawyer says.

What jobs are exempt from Michigan coronavirus lockdown? You may be surprised.

What jobs are exempt from Michigan coronavirus lockdown? You may be surprised.

March 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Michigan to stay home, but allowed ‘essential’ employees to keep working. Her exemptions include more than a dozen industries employing 1 million workers.

How to survive coronavirus lockdown: Tips for Michigan from San Francisco

How to survive coronavirus lockdown: Tips for Michigan from San Francisco

March 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Life under a stay-home order is new to Michigan, but San Francisco residents have been living under similar orders since March 17. Read how one resident is coping.

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