For weary Michigan seniors, a retirement in name only

February 24, 2020 | Robin Erb

Kicking back is not an option for a growing number of residents over 60, who increasingly find themselves caring for very old parents or very young grandchildren. “We’re getting old and we’re not dying.”

More Michigan grandparents are raising grandkids. Two bills may help them.

February 24, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

An estimated 120,000 Michiganders age 60 or older are taking on the round-the-clock job of parenting children or teens, double rates of a generation ago. Help may finally be on the way.

Democrats’ hard push for electric vehicles would upend Michigan economy

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Democratic presidential hopefuls have big goals for electric vehicle production in their efforts to combat climate change. Michigan automakers are unlikely to meet those timetables, though, and unions fear electric vehicles could kill jobs.

What Democrats’ climate change plans mean to Michigan automakers, workers

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Democratic presidential candidates want to ensure that all new light vehicles sold in the United States emit no carbon as soon as 2030. Read their plans for how to get there.

Democrats hope solving battery anxiety will jumpstart electric car sales

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Presidential candidates and Michigan regulators want big investments in battery charging infrastructure, which remains a key hurdle to electric car sales. Last year, just 2 percent of U.S. car sales were electric vehicles.

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Fact Squad | Ad touts Elissa Slotkin’s work fighting PFAS chemicals

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

A new ad thanks freshman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin for fighting PFAS. While mostly accurate, the ad leaves out a few details, Fact Squad finds.

Driver hurt by concrete chunk. It fell from a bridge Michigan deemed safe.

February 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Michigan has more than 447 bridges that are in rough shape. The piece of concrete that fell and injured a driver in Lansing on Thursday wasn’t one of them, compounding fears of crumbling infrastructure.

Michigan Senate moves to deregulate health care

February 20, 2020 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

Bills approved Thursday would make it easier to add new psychiatric beds and build hospitals. The measure dropped language impacting rural hospitals and some outpatient heart procedures.

National Republicans want in on case challenging Michigan voting laws

February 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

A Democratic super PAC hopes to strike down state rules barring transportation to polls and help delivering absentee ballots. Republicans say they have an interest in stopping that.

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Kurt Metzger | The Census is coming. Racial controversy is never far behind

February 20, 2020 | Kurt Metzger in Michigan Government

The U.S. Census Bureau’s decision not to allow a category for Middle Eastern North African in this year’s count is the latest in a long history of controversies involving race.

No Michigan cases of coronavirus but hundreds are being ‘monitored’

February 19, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

The new coronavirus is claiming hundreds of lives and infecting thousands more, threatening to become a pandemic. Here are the latest updates from the Bridge Health Watch team.

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Bernie Sanders calls Detroit shutoffs an ‘outrage,’ as city seeks more help

February 19, 2020 | Joel Kurth in Michigan Health Watch

Citing a Bridge Magazine article, Sanders calls water shutoffs a ‘moral outrage.’ City officials say they want to expand relief efforts for thousands of impoverished residents with no running water.

Michigan clerks’ pleas for help with absentee ballots fall on deaf ears

February 19, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Clerks fear an uptick in absentee ballots will mean late nights and delayed election results, but a leading lawmaker says proposed solutions won’t move.