Michigan judge suspends Gov. Whitmer’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes

Michigan judge suspends Gov. Whitmer’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes

October 15, 2019 | Robin Erb

In granting a preliminary injunction, the judge said the state undermined its own argument that the move was a public health “emergency.”

Caro’s psychiatric hospital is saved. Michigan’s mental health crisis persists.

October 9, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Health Watch

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spared a psychiatric hospital whose closure would have devastated the Thumb. But long waiting lists persist statewide, and the hospital’s problems remain.

Opinion | Treating stigma to prevent opioid overdose deaths

October 9, 2019 | Mary T. Bassett, Chad M. Brummett in Guest Commentary

 Michigan and other states have started to see a decline in deaths from opioid overdoses -– proof that strong action can help save lives. However, one critical barrier remains: stigma.

Opinion | Red tape blocks Michigan cancer patients from cutting-edge therapy

October 8, 2019 | Mark G. Campbell in Guest Commentary

The governor and state Legislature must use their oversight powers to reject the proposal by unelected Michigan policymakers to strip access to this treatment from many Michigan patients.

In the spring, Gov. Whitmer praised an opioid clinic. In the fall, a veto.

October 8, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s vetoes in the Michigan budget included funds for Andy’s Place, an opioid recovery project near Jackson that she endorsed months ago. The planned facility is in the district of Republican budget and political foe Mike Shirkey.

Michigan Republicans jockeying to override Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget vetoes

October 8, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Ahead of a Thursday meeting with the first-term governor, GOP lawmakers are drafting bills to restore funding for popular programs Whitmer cut including an autism hotline.

Michigan has $1B left over from budget. What happens to all that money?

October 7, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Now that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has gone on a line-item veto spree, some $947 million in taxpayer money is unspent. Time is running out, but Whitmer says ‘all is not lost’ and there’s still an opportunity to salvage programs.

Tiny school districts to Lansing: Stop acting like ‘middle-schoolers’

October 7, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Superintendents in some of Michigan’s most isolated districts blame Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Repubican leaders for a budget fight that they say threatens their future and treats students like political pawns.

Michigan seeks to cash in on CBD craze, but hemp harvest not without hiccups

October 7, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan’s first-ever hemp harvest is bearing fruit. Now that CBD has gone mainstream, early returns are positive, despite fears of overproduction and overhype.

Opinion | Michigan elections aren't hacked. They’re among the nation’s most secure.

October 7, 2019 | Barb Byrum in Guest Commentary

An Ingham County Clerk says that the state’s elections have numerous checks and balances that offer a level of security unmatched by many other states.

Fewer students, tepid state funding roil Michigan public universities

October 7, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Meager funding, lower birth rates and a skeptical public are forcing several Michigan universities to adjust to a world with fewer degree options, larger classes and tighter budgets.

Opinion | Governor’s cuts use people as negotiation tools

October 6, 2019 | Ruth Johnson in Guest Commentary

Being a leader is recognizing when you have made a mistake — and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made a doozy by cutting funds for scholarships and for programs to help children with autism or seniors with Alzheimer’s. It's cruel, and it's wrong.  

Opinion | Marijuana retail bans stunt Michigan's economic growth

October 4, 2019 | Kelli Hykes in Guest Commentary

Shutting out the legal adult-use cannabis industry only drives revenue, talent and opportunity out of the state. The jobs associated with the cannabis industry will certainly still exist; they just won’t exist in Michigan if local bans persist.