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Michigan, we have a budget deal. (Give or take $400 million)

Michigan, we have a budget deal. (Give or take $400 million)

December 10, 2019 | Riley Beggin

After weeks of delays, Michigan lawmakers agree to compromise with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on budget vetoes and spending shifts. Left unresolved: nearly a half-billion dollars still cut from the budget.

Michigan budget breakthrough in works as Gretchen Whitmer, GOP near deal

Michigan budget breakthrough in works as Gretchen Whitmer, GOP near deal

December 4, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Michigan lawmakers passed bills Wednesday that reflect an agreement to return $573.5 million to the state budget. A deal would restore funding to popular GOP programs, including money for charter schools, autism programming and rural hospitals.

GOP leaders: We won’t halt Michigan Medicaid work requirements

GOP leaders: We won’t halt Michigan Medicaid work requirements

December 3, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Gretchen Whitmer asked Republican leaders to stop the implementation of controversial work requirements for subsidized healthcare. They quickly shut down her request.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: ‘Bat-sh*t crazy’ jab doesn’t help resolve budget

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: ‘Bat-sh*t crazy’ jab doesn’t help resolve budget

December 2, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Gretchen Whitmer responds to criticism from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and says both sides are no closer to finding a compromise on a weeks-long budget stalemate over $1 billion in cuts and transfers. Shirkey apologized again Monday afternoon.

Locals to Lansing: Get a budget deal, because cuts are getting real

Locals to Lansing: Get a budget deal, because cuts are getting real

November 6, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

While Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders squabble, budget vetoes are forcing cuts or other tough decisions for local governments, nonprofits and service entities that have already lost state funding — or will soon if state leaders do not resolve the dispute.

Michigan judge rules Enbridge Line 5 construction is constitutional

Michigan judge rules Enbridge Line 5 construction is constitutional

October 31, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The victory, which could pave the way for the tunnel plan to proceed, is a setback for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who halted work on the project in March. Attorney General Dana Nessel released a 120-page report and vowed to appeal.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’ll make a budget deal, but won’t cede powers

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’ll make a budget deal, but won’t cede powers

October 29, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday offered Republican legislative leaders a series of bargaining concessions in an attempt to break an ongoing budget stalemate but made clear she will not sign away gubernatorial power.

For 10,000 Michigan counselors, bill’s passage a sigh of relief

For 10,000 Michigan counselors, bill’s passage a sigh of relief

October 29, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill Tuesday that preserves the right of counselors to diagnose and practice psychotherapy in the state. The measure effectively overrules a licensing agency’s bid to restrict their professional practice.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer’s effort to ban vaping products was the right move

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer’s effort to ban vaping products was the right move

October 24, 2019 | Robert Shaner

A Michigan school superintendent says his district has seen a 71 percent increase in tobacco-related incidents in the past two years, despite efforts to both educate students and address offenses to the codes of conduct.

Opinion | Restore financial aid to Michiganders in prison

Opinion | Restore financial aid to Michiganders in prison

October 24, 2019 | Bradley D. Custer

Gov. Whitmer recently restored financial aid access for incarcerated college students but more policy changes are needed to fully restore access to college in prison.

Michigan Republicans say ‘the budget is done.’ Here’s what they really mean.

Michigan Republicans say ‘the budget is done.’ Here’s what they really mean.

October 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin

For weeks, GOP leaders have said the state budget is in place, even though $1 billion of their priorities were cut and negotiations continue with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. At the core of the standoff is broken trust and the GOP’s insistence on capping how much money the governor can shift from department budgets.

Pure Michigan gets reprieve, but its future is cloudy amid budget showdown

Pure Michigan gets reprieve, but its future is cloudy amid budget showdown

October 22, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Work on Pure Michigan tourism ads will continue through at least the end of the year after approval to use $740K to pay firms. Its long-term status remains shaky after a $37.5 million budget veto.

How Michigan Republicans nearly gutted discrimination investigations

How Michigan Republicans nearly gutted discrimination investigations

October 21, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

In an under-the-radar move, the GOP tried to shift $1.5 million from the Department of Civil Rights to three private museums. The move came as hate crimes are increasing.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer prioritizes Native American students in Michigan budget

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer prioritizes Native American students in Michigan budget

October 16, 2019 | Meghanlata Gupta

With more than 147 line-item vetoes, the governor signaled a stark change from her earlier stance on a roads plan and other funding. However, her 2019-20 budget does reflect one of her campaign promises to Native American communities: a fully-funded tuition waiver program.  

Score one for bipartisanship: Michigan Dems, GOP pass ‘raise the age’ bills

Score one for bipartisanship: Michigan Dems, GOP pass ‘raise the age’ bills

October 16, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The legislation would make 17-year-olds automatically treated as juveniles in criminal proceedings. Advocates say it will help curb recidivism among young offenders. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign the legislation.

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.”

Plans for visitor center at Michigan Capitol downsized after Whitmer veto

Plans for visitor center at Michigan Capitol downsized after Whitmer veto

October 14, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

A visitor center next to the state Capitol will be smaller after the first-term governor nixes an additional $15 million for the project.

Opinion | We must work together to reverse Whitmer cuts to autism services

Opinion | We must work together to reverse Whitmer cuts to autism services

October 14, 2019 | Julie Calley, Ben Frederick

Two GOP representatives -- also parents of children with special needs -- say Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was wrong to use vulnerable residents as leverage in the road funding debate. They've introduced a plan that would restore funding for the autism services she cut from the budget.

Michigan Republicans want to rein in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget power

Michigan Republicans want to rein in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget power

October 10, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Republicans explore taking power away from Whitmer, as her Democratic allies submit bills to restore some unpopular budget cuts, including $1 million for an autism program and $34 million for rural hospitals.

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

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

October 8, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

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.

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