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Coronavirus came to Michigan earlier than thought, records show

Coronavirus came to Michigan earlier than thought, records show

May 17, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Records detailing when coronavirus victims first felt symptoms show that coronavirus came sooner to Michigan than originally believed, and the decline in the state has lasted longer. 

When will Gov. Whitmer reopen Michigan? It’s complicated. And a bit vague.

When will Gov. Whitmer reopen Michigan? It’s complicated. And a bit vague.

May 17, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

Unlike some other states, Michigan isn’t using precise metrics to determine when to reopen the state from the coronavirus lockdown. Whitmer and epidemiologists say that’s necessary, but Republicans and some business leaders say the lack of transparency is infuriating

Gretchen Whitmer, GOP square off in court over Michigan emergency powers

Gretchen Whitmer, GOP square off in court over Michigan emergency powers

May 15, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A Court of Claims judge hears arguments about whether the governor can issue emergency declarations without consent of the Legislature amid coronavirus. But even the judge acknowledges the case likely will be determined by a higher court.

Opinion | We want to work with Gov. Whitmer. She chose partisanship instead.

Opinion | We want to work with Gov. Whitmer. She chose partisanship instead.

May 15, 2020 | Lee Chatfield

House Speaker Lee Chatfield writes that Michigan is ‘worse off’ because Gov. Gretchen Whitmer chose a legal battle rather than uniting with lawmakers to fight the coronavirus. History shows there’s a better way, he writes.  

Michigan’s $6.2B coronavirus budget gap ‘as bad or worse’ than Great Recession

Michigan’s $6.2B coronavirus budget gap ‘as bad or worse’ than Great Recession

May 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

How bad is it going to be? Very bad. 22 percent unemployment. $1.9 billion in lost taxes out of what would be an $11 billion general fund this year alone. The only options: Huge cuts, tax increases or hope for a D.C. bailout.

Michigan settles Detroit schools lawsuit, acknowledges a right to literacy

Michigan settles Detroit schools lawsuit, acknowledges a right to literacy

May 14, 2020 | Ron French

Detroit students had sued the state, saying it had failed to provide a basic level of education that they argued was a basic right. After a federal appeals court agreed with the students, Whitmer and the plaintiffs have reached an agreement.

Whitmer asks Pence to discourage protests, worries about spreading coronavirus

Whitmer asks Pence to discourage protests, worries about spreading coronavirus

May 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday asked Vice President Mike Pence to discourage continued Capitol protests over her coronavirus quarantine orders. She also draws a direct link between Lansing demonstrators and the virus spreading to rural parts of Michigan.

Whitmer: GOP lawsuit adds a ‘constitutional crisis’ to coronavirus crisis

Whitmer: GOP lawsuit adds a ‘constitutional crisis’ to coronavirus crisis

May 12, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature is attempting to “build a constitutional crisis atop a public health crisis” by challenging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority during the coronavirus pandemic, her attorneys said Tuesday in a court filing

Michigan governor, GOP leader inflate the rhetoric in coronavirus fight

Michigan governor, GOP leader inflate the rhetoric in coronavirus fight

May 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

With more than 4,500 Michiganders dead and nearly 48,000 confirmed cases, COVID-19 has already captured residents’ attention. But officials have inflated or mischaracterized facts in the battle to publicly frame debate.

Michigan restaurants give Gretchen Whitmer a roadmap for opening May 29

Michigan restaurants give Gretchen Whitmer a roadmap for opening May 29

May 8, 2020 | Paula Gardner

No opening date has been announced for the state’s restaurant industry, which lost over $1 billion in sales during April. Now the industry is outlining what it thinks it needs to do to reopen — and it wants the OK to start planning.

Michigan manufacturing resumes Monday, stay-at-home order extended to May 28

Michigan manufacturing resumes Monday, stay-at-home order extended to May 28

May 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The change comes as part of a six-step economic reopening plan announced Thursday by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Whitmer reopens Michigan from coronavirus in phases: What that means to you

Whitmer reopens Michigan from coronavirus in phases: What that means to you

May 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced details of a six-phase economic restart plan and announced that Michigan is already in the third phase because coronavirus case counts are “flattening.”

Tribal casinos may be headed for clash with Whitmer, Nessel over reopening

Tribal casinos may be headed for clash with Whitmer, Nessel over reopening

May 7, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta, Ron French

At least six U.P. casinos may reopen before the end of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order closing bars, dine-in restaurants and casinos. They can do that. They’re sovereign nations.

GOP-led Legislature sues Michigan Gov. Whitmer over emergency powers

GOP-led Legislature sues Michigan Gov. Whitmer over emergency powers

May 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Senate Majority Leader MIke Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield announced the Court of Claims lawsuit at the Michigan Capitol, acting on authorization granted by lawmakers last week.

Mike Shirkey: Heed Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders now. We’ll sue later.

Mike Shirkey: Heed Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders now. We’ll sue later.

May 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Republicans say they are still planning to sue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her emergency power, contemplating a large-scale petition drive to limit her authority and preparing to begin oversight hearings on her handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Just not this week.

Whitmer extends Michigan emergency to May 28, as GOP threatens lawsuit

Whitmer extends Michigan emergency to May 28, as GOP threatens lawsuit

April 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan's emergency to May 28 and orders bars, restaurant dining rooms and casinos to close through that date. The order came shortly after Republican lawmakers refused to extend the emergency and authorized a lawsuit challenging her powers.  

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen construction industry May 7

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen construction industry May 7

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An executive order is coming on Friday to allow construction crews to get back to work, as Gretchen Whitmer teases out parts of her plan to reopen Michigan’s shuttered economy. That’s not fast enough for some Senate Republicans.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’m not going to negotiate reopening economy

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’m not going to negotiate reopening economy

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rejected a GOP offer to extend her emergency powers in exchange for a promise to work with lawmakers. "Michigan remains in a state of emergency regardless of the actions you decide to take,” Whitmer says. But she faces growing pressure and lawsuits to loosen her orders.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants 28-day extension of emergency powers

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants 28-day extension of emergency powers

April 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The Democratic governor on Monday said she will seek another extension of her sweeping powers, potentially setting up a clash with the Republican-led Legislature that has questioned her approach to the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks.

Gov. Whitmer to restart Michigan economy by regions, types of workplaces

Gov. Whitmer to restart Michigan economy by regions, types of workplaces

April 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan will reopen in phases across eight regions and nine workplace types, depending on coronavirus case counts and the risk for continued spread. The process could start in the next two weeks with construction firms and other “outdoor enterprises,” Gov. Whitmer said Monday. 

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