2018 Michigan lame duck

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Michigan law limiting ballot drives unconstitutional, court rules

Michigan law limiting ballot drives unconstitutional, court rules

September 27, 2019 | Riley Beggin

 The law places a 15 percent cap per congressional district on signature gathering for ballot initiatives. The court said that unfairly hampers the public’s rights.

Michigan lawmakers’ pet projects get funding, new controls added

Michigan lawmakers’ pet projects get funding, new controls added

June 12, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

New legislation fixes minor errors so road, dam projects can move forward and funds an effort to bring a space program to northern Michigan.  

Michigan Republican lawmakers challenge Nessel opinion on ballot drive law

Michigan Republican lawmakers challenge Nessel opinion on ballot drive law

June 5, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Attorney General Dana Nessel claims the Republican law, which placed new restrictions on the statewide ballot initiative process, is unconstitutional. The GOP now is going to court in a bid to force the Secretary of State to ignore Nessel’s opinion.

Michigan Attorney General: GOP limits on petition drives are unconstitutional

Michigan Attorney General: GOP limits on petition drives are unconstitutional

May 22, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said the controversial election law passed by lame-duck Republicans “creates an obstacle for voters without any support in the (state) Constitution itself.”

All systems go once again for Michigan’s $2.5M rocket plan

All systems go once again for Michigan’s $2.5M rocket plan

April 24, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A controversial grant to fund Michigan’s foray into the space race is revived after being grounded by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Lansing, we have a problem: Whitmer kills $2.5M rocket plan pushed by Snyder

Lansing, we have a problem: Whitmer kills $2.5M rocket plan pushed by Snyder

February 13, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

The grant, approved in lame duck, was intended to boost prospects for a commercial space program in Michigan. But the venture lacked detail and was derided by an expert as a “back of the napkin” plan.

Whitmer changes course, blocks $10M grant that helps former GOP chair

Whitmer changes course, blocks $10M grant that helps former GOP chair

February 12, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has put on ice a grant that would help bring water and sewer lines to a swath of land owned by a company with ties to former GOP chair Bobby Schostak. She wants to determine if the money could be spent elsewhere.

 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rips Michigan Republican pork deals; says she can't block them

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rips Michigan Republican pork deals; says she can't block them

February 1, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expressed displeasure with millions of dollars spent on dozens of pet projects during lame duck, but said state will honor the bill

Arlan Meekhof takes credit for steering grants to help ex-GOP chair’s firm

Arlan Meekhof takes credit for steering grants to help ex-GOP chair’s firm

January 31, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

The former Michigan Senate majority leader says he helped ensure money for utility lines went to a project that will benefit Bobby Schostak. ‘I don’t think that’s unusual,’ Meekhof tells Bridge.

Bipartisan bills: Will latest measure put an end to lame duck in Michigan?

Bipartisan bills: Will latest measure put an end to lame duck in Michigan?

January 29, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

After a contentious lame-duck session and accusations of partisan power grabs, Republican and Democratic lawmakers are pushing a resolution to ask voters to pass a constitutional amendment ending legislative terms before Election Day.

Suburban leader wants Dana Nessel to probe $20M to help ex-GOP chair

Suburban leader wants Dana Nessel to probe $20M to help ex-GOP chair

January 25, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

A Washtenaw County supervisor is seeking an investigation into two grants that will improve land owned by Bobby Schostak, a former GOP state chair and major political donor.

Who pushed $20M grants that help ex-GOP chair? Michigan records left blank

Who pushed $20M grants that help ex-GOP chair? Michigan records left blank

January 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

For two years, the Michigan Legislature has approved $10 million grants for utility lines on land owned by Bobby Schostak’s company. Each time, documents explaining why were left blank or don’t exist.

Six systems in 7 years and Michigan students still lag. Now comes A to F.

Six systems in 7 years and Michigan students still lag. Now comes A to F.

January 17, 2019 | Ron French

Should schools be graded with a letter? A number? How about a color? How about if we told you none of it has done much to help students? Michigan churns through reform while top states stick with one plan.

Opinion | It’s time for less testing, more funding for Michigan schools

Opinion | It’s time for less testing, more funding for Michigan schools

January 17, 2019 | Ron Koehler

You can’t fatten a hog just by weighing it more often, says Ron Koehler

Michigan laws shield details of $10M grant to help ex-Republican chair

Michigan laws shield details of $10M grant to help ex-Republican chair

January 17, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Last month, lawmakers approved funding to help a company headed by a prominent Republican. But there are no records detailing the process. And if they existed, they’d be shielded under Michigan law.

Michigan lawmakers award $10M for project benefitting former GOP chair

Michigan lawmakers award $10M for project benefitting former GOP chair

January 16, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

A company owned by former Michigan GOP chairman Bobby Schostak will benefit from one of the largest grants of the recent lame-duck spending deal. He says it’s a good investment. Others disagree.

Groups behind Michigan ballot initiatives mull challenges to lame-duck laws

Groups behind Michigan ballot initiatives mull challenges to lame-duck laws

January 7, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

A challenge to controversial laws passed in Michigan’s lame-duck legislative session, which ended in December, could include everything from a lawsuit to a citizen referendum in November 2020.

Michigan’s A-to-F school ratings on ice until attorney general weighs in

Michigan’s A-to-F school ratings on ice until attorney general weighs in

January 3, 2019 | Ron French

The Legislature and former Gov. Rick Snyder approved a new accountability system for Michigan schools. But the Michigan Department of Education questions the law’s legality.

Gov. Snyder signs Michigan lame-duck bills opposed by environmentalists

Gov. Snyder signs Michigan lame-duck bills opposed by environmentalists

December 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Snyder approved one bill that limits the ability of his Democratic successor to enact tougher regulations. But he approved $69 million to help clean up toxic sites.

Gov. Snyder vetoes Michigan bills criticized as Republican ‘power grabs’

Gov. Snyder vetoes Michigan bills criticized as Republican ‘power grabs’

December 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The departing governor took a different path from Scott Walker in Wisconsin, rejecting bills to shield dark money and make it easier for the  legislature to enter lawsuits.

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