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 email@example.com, 517-862-1079 or on Twitter @jonathanoosting.
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.
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.
Additional restrictions will be put on large stores under extended stay-at-home order and vacation travel is banned.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is “pursuing a request” for hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine from the federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.