Many early educators in Michigan will soon receive $1,000 bonuses, a ‘thank you’ to thousands of workers across the state who stuck with challenging, low-paid, and essential jobs through the scariest days of the pandemic.
House Republicans and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are both out with plans to spend federal stimulus funds on policing initiatives. But they aren’t actually negotiating those plans yet, as nearly $6.5 billion sits in the bank.
The veto sets the stage for a petition drive Republicans hope to use to circumvent the Democratic governor’s objections to an effort critics say would drain money from public schools and violate the state’s constitution.
The state’s top environmental regulator told legislators that the state did not “fully reach” everyone in Benton Harbor about lead risks with the municipal water system, leading some to drink lead-tainted water unaware for years.
My goal is to put the needs of Michigan’s students and families above all else. Each student needs different things to support their growth as they pursue a career, college or whatever path life might take them.
The group behind the petition drive intends to work with the GOP Legislature to evade a veto by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Critics say it’s another GOP effort to use public money for private schools that runs afoul of the Michigan Constitution.
Amanda Hedges-Harrison is among 22,000 people who accepted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s offer of tuition-free community college. Cost is only one reason that busy adults, many with children and jobs, don’t complete degrees.
The FDA authorized the Pfizer pediatric vaccine Friday, following recommendations from its advisory committee. Next up: CDC consideration Tuesday, which means the vaccine could be authorized for young children by the end of next week.
The fight has just begun as Republicans circulate a petition for identical legislation to tighten Michigan’s voter identification law, limit absentee ballot application mailings and bar private grants for election administration.
The pandemic has produced an outdoors renaissance with huge traffic at state and local parks. It now appears the Democratic governor and GOP legislature largely agree on spending hundreds of millions of dollars to address long-deferred maintenance.
The Pfizer pediatric vaccine, shown as 91 percent effective for children 5 to 11, cleared an FDA advisory panel Tuesday. Gov. Whitmer is seeking to expedite shipment of the vaccine, which could be approved by next week.