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What Whitmer’s new coronavirus order means for Michigan summer plans

What Whitmer’s new coronavirus order means for Michigan summer plans

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Bottle returns can resume June 15. Drive-ins, immediately. Ditto for housekeeping services. But you have to wait until next week for restaurants and bars. And still no word on when tattoo shops, hairdressers and trampoline parks can reopen.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Trump ‘determined to sow the seeds of hatred’

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Trump ‘determined to sow the seeds of hatred’

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blasted President Donald Trump after he reportedly lashed out at governors, telling them to “dominate” protesters or “you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”

Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, will allow bars and restaurants to open statewide

Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, will allow bars and restaurants to open statewide

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer will allow the rest of the state to follow the lead of northern Michigan next week as she lifts coronavirus restrictions, sources tell Bridge Michigan.

How Michigan can save $80M and give state workers a raise amid coronavirus

How Michigan can save $80M and give state workers a raise amid coronavirus

May 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is utilizing a federal “work share” program to furlough state employees one day per week. Because of federal benefits, many state workers will earn more than they would have working five days per week.

Feds back Michigan businesses in suit against Whitmer’s coronavirus orders

Feds back Michigan businesses in suit against Whitmer’s coronavirus orders

May 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The U.S. Department of Justice announced late Friday that it is backing a lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, arguing she “imposed arbitrary and irrational limits” on businesses to fight COVID-19.

Gov. Whitmer: I didn’t OK Dem firm for coronavirus project, despite emails

Gov. Whitmer: I didn’t OK Dem firm for coronavirus project, despite emails

May 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday disputed a health department official’s characterization that her office gave a “green light” for the state to hire a Democratic campaign consultant’s firm to lead a volunteer COVID-19 contact tracing program.

Big cuts coming if feds don’t bail out Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says

Big cuts coming if feds don’t bail out Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says

May 28, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The coronavirus pandemic and state lockdown have prompted a budget shortfall estimated at $6.2 billion, and Gov. Whitmer says Michigan and other states desperately need help from the federal government.

Despite Whitmer stay-at-home order, Michigan tribes to reopen casinos

Despite Whitmer stay-at-home order, Michigan tribes to reopen casinos

May 27, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

At least four Michigan tribes plan to reopen facilities by Friday or Monday and a fifth on June 8, following a two-month closure that has drained funds in tribal communities.

Whitmer team gave ‘green light’ to contact tracing firm with Dem ties

Whitmer team gave ‘green light’ to contact tracing firm with Dem ties

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Emails show Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office gave the “green light” for a contact tracing deal to a controversial firm, despite her public denials about the awarding of the no-bid contract.

LGBT rights group sues Michigan over ballot rules, citing coronavirus

LGBT rights group sues Michigan over ballot rules, citing coronavirus

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Enforcing traditional petition signature thresholds amid a global pandemic that requires social distancing would be unconstitutional, according to Fair and Equal Michigan, which sued the state on Monday.

New accounting fuels hope that coronavirus is better contained in Michigan

New accounting fuels hope that coronavirus is better contained in Michigan

May 25, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan has changed how it reports positive coronavirus tests and the implications could influence how quickly the state's economy reopens

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends Michigan stay-at-home order through June 12

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends Michigan stay-at-home order through June 12

May 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends Michigan's stay-home restrictions for a few more weeks, citing an uptick in coronavirus cases in a handful of counties in mid-Michigan and the west side of the state.

For some Michigan sheriffs, Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus orders are optional

For some Michigan sheriffs, Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus orders are optional

May 22, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

At least a half-dozen sheriffs have resisted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders during the coronavirus crisis; some belong to a national group that says sheriffs are the final authority on the constitution within their county. 

It’s a long weekend. Can you hug Grandma under Michigan’s stay-home rules?

It’s a long weekend. Can you hug Grandma under Michigan’s stay-home rules?

May 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has loosened restrictions on gatherings and retail stores ahead of Memorial Day weekend, but some confusion remains. Here’s what you can and can’t do. Spoiler alert: You may want to hold off on that hug.

Judge sides with Whitmer in emergency powers standoff with Legislature

Judge sides with Whitmer in emergency powers standoff with Legislature

May 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin

In a ruling that is likely to be appealed, a Court of Claims judge ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can extend emergencies without GOP input under a 1945 law.

Small gatherings, non-essential doctors' visits now allowed, Gov. Whitmer says

Small gatherings, non-essential doctors' visits now allowed, Gov. Whitmer says

May 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Meghanlata Gupta

As coronavirus cases slow and economic fears grow, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is loosening some restrictions put in place to combat coronavirus.

Trump threatens Michigan funding over Benson absentee application plan

Trump threatens Michigan funding over Benson absentee application plan

May 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The president said he’d “hold up funding” for the state as it faces a $6.2 billion budget shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan changing how it classifies coronavirus deaths. Expect tally to grow.

Michigan changing how it classifies coronavirus deaths. Expect tally to grow.

May 19, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Two months into the pandemic, Michigan will begin tallying ‘probable’ COVID-19 deaths rather than just those confirmed with a test. Already more than 5,000 have died statewide, and the changes could increase tally 10 percent.

Michigan laws kept him imprisoned after his parole. Now, he has COVID-19.

Michigan laws kept him imprisoned after his parole. Now, he has COVID-19.

May 19, 2020 | Joey Horan

As the coronavirus slams Michigan prisons, 1,500 prisoners remain locked up even though they’ve been granted parole. That’s because of strict Truth in Sentencing laws that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has refused to change amid the pandemic.

Trump’s tour of Ford plant ‘contrary’ to Whitmer’s new work rules, aide says

Trump’s tour of Ford plant ‘contrary’ to Whitmer’s new work rules, aide says

May 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An executive order by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requires newly reopened manufacturers to "suspend all non-essential in-person visits, including tours" to protect workers from the novel coronavirus. Trump is expected to tour a Ford facility on Thursday.

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