After Republican lawmakers killed Gretchen Whitmer’s environmental shakeup, what’s next?

After Republican lawmakers killed Gretchen Whitmer’s environmental shakeup, what’s next?

February 15, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The ball’s now in Whitmer’s court amid a power struggle over environmental oversight.

The real state of no-fault auto insurance: Reform within reach for Michigan

February 11, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Lawmakers and advocates say they see hope that a Republican legislature and Democratic governor can finally reform Michigan’s sky high insurance rates.

The real state of Michigan roads: Poor and getting worse without more cash

February 11, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The Michigan Department of Transportation cites studies showing as much as $2 billion more a year is needed to maintain the state’s roads. Republicans say new funding should come from existing revenue. Something has to give.

Opinion | Maryland invests in schools. Michigan doesn’t. Maryland thrives.

February 11, 2019 | Brad Lyman in Guest Commentary

Brad Lyman grew up in public schools in Michigan and taught in schools in Maryland. One state invested in its children, and one didn’t.

Pro-Whitmer group broke Michigan campaign finance laws, Benson finds

February 8, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Build a Better Michigan and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign committee engaged in express advocacy, Democratic Sec. of State Jocelyn Benson announced Friday, and must pay pay a $37,500 fine.

Meet the ex-drug cop who now helps regulate Michigan marijuana

February 8, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board member Don Bailey, a retired cop, has drawn the ire of industry advocates who accuse him of unfairly opposing licensing requests. He says he’s just watching out for public safety.

Opinion | Gretchen Whitmer is smart to keep Michigan PFAS response team

February 8, 2019 | John Truscott in Guest Commentary

The cross-department team addressing the dangers of PFAS contaminants was created by Whitmer’s Republican predecessor, Rick Snyder. Protecting our environment isn’t a partisan issue.

Opinion | Lincoln Park program builds work skills for autistic young adults

February 8, 2019 | Nicole Chubb in Guest Commentary

This isn’t the sort of program you hear a lot about. But it’s the kind of program that makes a difference.

Michigan Senate debates reversing Gov. Whitmer’s environmental overhaul

February 7, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The conversation follows a House vote to block Whitmer’s executive order to transform the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. It’s the latest in a power struggle that may derail bipartisanship.

Redistricting guru: Michigan’s maps are legal, even if process was political

February 7, 2019 | Joel Kurth in Public Sector

Michigan’s gerrymandering trial wraps up with testimony from the architect of the state’s political maps. He says he was besieged with requests but kept the process ‘bipartisan.’

Opinion | Fired Dearborn editor on why Henry Ford bigotry story matters

February 7, 2019 | Bill McGraw in Guest Commentary

Bill McGraw has written about metro Detroit’s history for decades, but few stories have stirred as much controversy as an article about Henry Ford’s public campaign to stir anti-Semitism

Ex-Democratic chief says Michigan gerrymandering scared off candidates

February 6, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

Brandon Dillon, former chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, testified at federal trial that Republican maps also made it difficult to raise campaign cash and find volunteers, claims disputed by the GOP.

Michigan Republicans move to block Gov. Whitmer’s environmental overhaul

February 6, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

One month after taking office and pledging to work with Republicans, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plans to reorganize the state’s environment agency face a challenge from Republican lawmakers. They’re upset she plans to abolish oversight groups that give businesses a say in regulations.

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