Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
After weeks of secret talks, and years of gridlock, the deal offers personal injury protection opt-out for some drivers, extends guaranteed PIP rate rollbacks for 8 years and stops insurers from raises based on non-driving factors.
Michigan’s new Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders promised bipartisan collaboration this year as divided government replaced eight years of Republican rule. Despite skirmishes, the two sides are still talking.
Personal injury protection coverage choices and medical fee caps are two remaining issues on the table for Michigan no-fault insurance reform. GOP hoping for agreement this week.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, says she draws line on GOP option for drivers to opt out of buying personal injury protection in car insurance. But she appears willing to reach a no-fault deal without tying it to an agreement on road funding.
A middle school principal makes a pitch for Gretchen Whitmer’s plan for more school funding, and different ways of splitting up those dollars
A law professor makes a public case for how Gov. Whitmer could undercut the GOP’s work requirements for Michigan’s Medicaid recipients.
Republican bills would make it a felony for health care providers to perform dilation and evacuation abortions, the most common second-trimester procedure. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vows a veto as Michigan joins other states in abortion battles.
Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said she and Republicans are no closer to a deal on auto no-fault reform than they were when both chambers passed bills last week. But talks are ongoing, which both sides said was promising.
Michigan Republicans say the plans will save “buckets” of money for drivers. Democrats say the plans don’t guarantee rate roll-backs nor the elimination of non-driving factors in setting insurance rates. Is there an opportunity for a grand bargain that includes road funding?
The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate approves bills that would allow drivers to opt out of unlimited medical benefits. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is promising to veto the measure if it makes it to her desk.
Groundwater is invisible until your well is contaminated. But that does not mean it's unimportant. We need more investment and awareness of the dangers.
Police would no longer be able to take assets from people they arrest unless there’s a criminal conviction, under a bill going to the governor’s desk. It’s an early area of bipartisan agreement in the Michigan legislature.
Licensing board member Don Bailey accuses Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel of putting political favors ahead of public safety and predicts the criminal element will thrive in marijuana industry.
Michigan Business groups and even some Republicans back the Democratic governor’s plan to ease college access. But a Detroit study suggests free tuition plans are more apt to fail without extra support like counselors.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to boost gas taxes by 45 cents would also make Michigan’s electric vehicle fees the highest in the nation. Critics say that comes atop other state policies that have discouraged sales of cleaner cars.
A task force is considering whether farmers enrolled in a preservation program should be allowed to add solar panels.
Senate Republicans adopted a state transportation budget without any new long-term funding for roads. That proposal will come this summer, Republicans said.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration says cutting $5 million from the Pure Michigan marketing budget will free up money for roads and schools. But two key House and Senate Republicans want to keep the popular campaign intact.
Elected leaders, judges and law enforcement want to learn more about the state’s crowded jails in an era of lower crime rates, in hopes of crafting new laws to reduce the inmate population, cut costs and right wrongs.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proposed making roads with the heaviest traffic a priority for more than $2 billion in new funding. That’s not going over well in rural Michigan.