Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Gretchen Whitmer says hospital data are slowly improving about the coronavirus and blames a lack of funding for jammed phone lines for those trying to file for unemployment.
Michigan’s governor wants to identify residents who have recovered from the coronavirus to help plan when to reopen the economy. The state also will begin publishing recovery data, as Whitmer comes under scrutiny over transparency.
It wasn’t a decision anyone wanted to make, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shut the state’s school buildings for the remainder of the school year. School districts will ramp up remote learning for their homebound students.
With the state still roughly five weeks from hitting its peak in cases of the coronavirus, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the threat to human life remains too perilous to loosen restrictions anytime soon.
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature to extend her emergency authority by 70 days amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The House is developing a plan to hold a session next week without violating social distancing guidelines.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to close schools for the year, graduate seniors, move other students up a grade, waive the third-grade reading law and ensure teachers and other staff are paid.
Residents are to stay at home except for workers in essential service sectors. Such orders in other states make allowances for hospitals, groceries, gas stations, take-out restaurants, pharmacies and the like to stay open.
House Speaker Lee Chatfield wants Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to issue more executive orders to relax rules on health care, unemployment, child care and education. He also wants free hunting license and alcohol take-out for restaurants struggling to stay open.
President Trump must’ve been watching cable news on Tuesday morning, because he lashed out at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer minutes after she appeared on MSNBC to discuss the coronavirus epidemic.
Michigan mobilizes after two confirmed cases of coronavirus. State is set to OK $75 million for response, but a lack of tests remains a big concern. Bridge answers common questions about what is happening.
One year after blasting pork-barrel spending, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs onto a larger spending deal that includes $37 million in small community grants. Among other things, the money will pay for a Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall elevator and $1 million for the auto show.
One day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer denies a request for a health emergency in Detroit’s water shutoffs, activists again are seeking another one, saying that living without water could spread coronavirus.
80,000 Michiganders who must report to work — or prove to the state why they can’t — have until Saturday to file reports, according to the governor’s office. The state GOP stands behind the work rules.
In the depths of the Great Recession, Michigan invested in a fund to help high-tech startups. Some of those firms have left the state, and the program spent $255,000 for every job it created. Taxpayers are stuck with the tab.
"We should be focused on how we ensure our education system does not fail our children, rather than throwing in the towel and inciting rebellion," writes Michigan's Senate majority leader.
Is Gretchen Whitmer a hero for borrowing billions to fix highways or has she already broken a central campaign promise? Michigan Fact Squad investigates ads reaching opposite conclusions on the governor.
The Democratic governor is proposing $15 million in funding for the tourism advertising campaign she nixed last year during a budget .
Much could change before Michigan adopts a budget this year, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants more money for vulnerable mothers, environmental cleanups and education. College and municipal leaders aren’t so happy.
Michigan’s governor proposes a big move toward universal pre-K and free training and college for adults in a budget that includes the biggest school aid increase in 20 years. State university funding? Meh.
Addressing everyday social determinants today — from food security to postpartum care to youngsters’ teeth — will save more in the long run, says Michigan’s Health and Human Services director.