Pressure builds on Michigan Republicans for roads plan to avoid shutdown

Pressure builds on Michigan Republicans for roads plan to avoid shutdown

August 21, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is portraying GOP legislative leaders as failing to seriously negotiate on how to raise $2.5 billion to repair the state’s roads and bridges. Now, the business community is exerting its own pressure on the GOP.

A summer of despair for Michigan’s cherry growers

August 21, 2019 | Bob Campbell in Economy

For decades, the peninsulas of Old Mission and Leelanau have produced ideal conditions for tart cherries. But harsh weather, pesky bugs and Turkish imports are prompting farmers to reconsider their futures.

Short-term rental advocates, foes work toward a deal on laws in Michigan

August 21, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Michigan Government

In the fierce debate over regulation of Airbnbs and other short-term home rentals, Michigan legislators are bringing adversaries to the table, including groups representing local government, hotels and the real-estate industry.

What to expect from the Michigan Legislature this fall

August 20, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

State lawmakers are back in Lansing Tuesday. Here are some of the major priorities the Legislature expects to tackle before the end of the year.

Opinion | How bad are Michigan’s roads? It’s even affecting food banks

August 20, 2019 | Phil Knight in Guest Commentary

The executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan says investing in our roads is vital to the state’s future.

Planned Parenthood says 42,000 in Michigan at risk from abortion ‘gag rule’

August 19, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

The group said it would withdraw from a federal funding program for low-income patients, citing a rule banning clinics from making abortion referrals to other doctors. Anti-abortion group calls the decision ideological.

Detroit shut off water to 11,800 homes this year. Most are still off.

August 19, 2019 | Joel Kurth in Detroit

Records show 62 percent of Detroit residential shutoffs were without service as of Aug. 1. The vast majority had gone a week or more, contradicting claims that the city restores nearly all water within 48 hours.

How to get help with Detroit water payments and avoid shutoffs

August 19, 2019 | Joel Kurth in Detroit

Every year, thousands of Detroit customers are disconnected for nonpayment. Many resources exist for help. Here is what is available.

Opinion | ‘Medicare for All’ would hurt Michigan businesses

August 19, 2019 | Brian Calley in Guest Commentary

 Former lieutenant governor Brian Calley argues that politicians should stop messing with the health care system because it will hurt Michigan small businesses.

As the forest moves back in, pollen is on the rise in Detroit

August 16, 2019 | Lucas Joel in Detroit

For the first time, researchers are pinpointing where pollen levels are the highest to help residents with allergies and asthma protect themselves.

Opinion | Fund the child, not the ZIP code, in Michigan school budget

August 16, 2019 | Lori Tubbergen Clark in Guest Commentary

A Michigan superintendent takes issue with a recent Bridge guest commentary that argued for equal, rather than equitable, school funding.

As September looms, no Republican proposal yet to fix Michigan’s roads

August 15, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Michigan Government

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders are still meeting to discuss road funding and the 2020 budget, but they haven’t yet reached a compromise. They have until the end of September to pass a budget or risk a shutdown.

Opinion | Michigan conservation officers save lives. Don’t cut our budget.

August 15, 2019 | Dan Eichinger in Guest Commentary

At least 31 people have been saved by Michigan conservation officers since 2015. A budget proposal in the House threatens to eliminate some of those positions at the Department of Natural Resources.