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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

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.

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.

Lots of rain, few fireworks at latest protest of Michigan’s stay-at-home rules

Lots of rain, few fireworks at latest protest of Michigan’s stay-at-home rules

May 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Some 200 activists gathered at the Michigan Capitol on Thursday for a wet protest against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. It was a largely peaceful affair aside from a fight sparked by one protester hanging a doll from a noose.

Michigan Senate passes more than $500M in federal coronavirus relief spending

Michigan Senate passes more than $500M in federal coronavirus relief spending

May 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Under the bill, which passed unanimously, the federal funds would be set aside for child care, front-line workers, testing and more. It now moves to the House.

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.

As tensions rise, Gov. Whitmer faces Michigan showdown on quarantine order

As tensions rise, Gov. Whitmer faces Michigan showdown on quarantine order

May 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A potentially armed demonstration looms Thursday. Republican lawyers will ask a judge Friday to rein in Whitmer’s emergency powers. And a small-town barber refuses to close. It’s a big week for the future of the governor’s coronavirus plan.

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 lawmaker seeks Capitol gun ban ahead of coronavirus protest

Michigan lawmaker seeks Capitol gun ban ahead of coronavirus protest

May 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The debate over whether to ban weapons within the Michigan Capitol is coming to a head as another protest is planned for later this week.

Michigan tribal casinos delay openings to June 1 due to coronavirus

Michigan tribal casinos delay openings to June 1 due to coronavirus

May 11, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

What last week looked like a potential conflict between tribal leaders and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel is headed off for now with the delay of reopening of Kewadin’s five casinos.

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.

No, the Michigan Capitol Commission will not ban guns, at least not yet

No, the Michigan Capitol Commission will not ban guns, at least not yet

May 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Michigan Capitol Commission won’t immediately ban guns at the building despite the potential for more armed demonstrators this week at another planned protest over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus stay-at-home order. Instead, the body appointed a study committee.

Gun ban at Michigan Capitol unlikely, despite urging from Dana Nessel

Gun ban at Michigan Capitol unlikely, despite urging from Dana Nessel

May 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Attorney General Dana Nessel says the Michigan Capitol Commission can ban guns at the state Capitol, but members say they don’t believe they have that right and it would be up to the Legislature to bar the weapons.

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.

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.”

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.

Michigan tribes set to receive millions in federal coronavirus relief

Michigan tribes set to receive millions in federal coronavirus relief

May 7, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

After a frustrating delay, Michigan’s Native American tribes will be receiving their share of pandemic relief funds. Those funds are critical for the tribes, many of which have lost their primary revenue source — tribal casinos —  during the state lockdown.

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.

In Michigan, mandatory masks a flash point for violence amid coronavirus

In Michigan, mandatory masks a flash point for violence amid coronavirus

May 5, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Three incidents, including a murder, highlight tensions betweeen retailers trying to enforce Michigan’s mask order and customers. One retail group is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to dump the mask rule because it puts clerks in a ‘horrendous position,’ one official says.

Violating Michigan social distancing orders? Big Brother may be watching.

Violating Michigan social distancing orders? Big Brother may be watching.

May 5, 2020 | Kelly House

Government agencies are using drones, cameras and other technology to keep tabs on the coronavirus pandemic, and more is on the way. That begs the question: How much individual freedom should Michiganders trade in exchange for increased public safety?

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