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Applications open for new Michigan redistricting commission. What to know.

Applications open for new Michigan redistricting commission. What to know.

October 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Registered state voters can apply to serve on the commission until next June. Here’s what you need to do.

Michigan Republicans say ‘the budget is done.’ Here’s what they really mean.

Michigan Republicans say ‘the budget is done.’ Here’s what they really mean.

October 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin

For weeks, GOP leaders have said the state budget is in place, even though $1 billion of their priorities were cut and negotiations continue with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. At the core of the standoff is broken trust and the GOP’s insistence on capping how much money the governor can shift from department budgets.

Michigan’s roads have turned to crap. So has a strike among road builders.

Michigan’s roads have turned to crap. So has a strike among road builders.

October 24, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

A months-long union worker strike at one of Michigan’s largest road building firms has delayed some pavement projects and shows no signs of letting up as the summer construction season nears an end.

Anti-gerrymandering group may team with GOP to tackle term limits

Anti-gerrymandering group may team with GOP to tackle term limits

October 22, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Interest in changing Michigan’s strict legislative term limits may produce an unlikely alliance: Voters Not Politicians, the GOP and Michigan Chamber.

Pure Michigan gets reprieve, but its future is cloudy amid budget showdown

Pure Michigan gets reprieve, but its future is cloudy amid budget showdown

October 22, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Work on Pure Michigan tourism ads will continue through at least the end of the year after approval to use $740K to pay firms. Its long-term status remains shaky after a $37.5 million budget veto.

U.S. high court kills Michigan gerrymandering case ordering new districts

U.S. high court kills Michigan gerrymandering case ordering new districts

October 21, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The decision makes it official: A federal district court order to redraw gerrymandered lines and stage new elections is moot.

How Michigan Republicans nearly gutted discrimination investigations

How Michigan Republicans nearly gutted discrimination investigations

October 21, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

In an under-the-radar move, the GOP tried to shift $1.5 million from the Department of Civil Rights to three private museums. The move came as hate crimes are increasing.

Former Michigan Governor William Milliken dies at 97

Former Michigan Governor William Milliken dies at 97

October 18, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Known for his ability to reach across the aisle, the Republican and state’s longest serving governor served Michigan as waterways commissioner, state senator and lieutenant governor before becoming governor.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer eases access to welfare in Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer eases access to welfare in Michigan

October 17, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic governor loosens policies restricting how much money recipients can have in the bank. Critics of the old rules called them ‘cruel and unusual,’ but Republicans fear the new limits will increase fraud.  

Score one for bipartisanship: Michigan Dems, GOP pass ‘raise the age’ bills

Score one for bipartisanship: Michigan Dems, GOP pass ‘raise the age’ bills

October 16, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The legislation would make 17-year-olds automatically treated as juveniles in criminal proceedings. Advocates say it will help curb recidivism among young offenders. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign the legislation.

Judge: Jury should decide if Michigan Rep. Larry Inman broke the law

Judge: Jury should decide if Michigan Rep. Larry Inman broke the law

October 15, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Were Michigan Rep. Larry Inman’s solicitations for donations ‘legitimate legislative sausage making’ or a ‘criminal attempt to extort money’? A jury will decide, after a judge declines to dismiss the case.

Plans for visitor center at Michigan Capitol downsized after Whitmer veto

Plans for visitor center at Michigan Capitol downsized after Whitmer veto

October 14, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

A visitor center next to the state Capitol will be smaller after the first-term governor nixes an additional $15 million for the project.

Dana Nessel adopts Trump defense in heated LGBT Michigan adoption case

Dana Nessel adopts Trump defense in heated LGBT Michigan adoption case

October 11, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Attorney General Nessel is asking the judge to ignore her heated rhetoric as a private citizen and suspend his recent ruling allowing faith-based adoption agencies to refuse service to gay or transgender parents. 

Michigan Republicans want to rein in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget power

Michigan Republicans want to rein in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget power

October 10, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Republicans explore taking power away from Whitmer, as her Democratic allies submit bills to restore some unpopular budget cuts, including $1 million for an autism program and $34 million for rural hospitals.

Senate panel passes bills to try 17-year-olds as juveniles in crimes

Senate panel passes bills to try 17-year-olds as juveniles in crimes

October 10, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The ‘Raise the Age’ package would treat 17-year-olds as juveniles in the eyes of the law, allowing them access to education and rehab unavailable to adult prisoners.

Michigan Republicans jockeying to override Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget vetoes

Michigan Republicans jockeying to override Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget vetoes

October 8, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Ahead of a Thursday meeting with the first-term governor, GOP lawmakers are drafting bills to restore funding for popular programs Whitmer cut including an autism hotline.

Michigan has $1B left over from budget. What happens to all that money?

Michigan has $1B left over from budget. What happens to all that money?

October 7, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Now that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has gone on a line-item veto spree, some $947 million in taxpayer money is unspent. Time is running out, but Whitmer says ‘all is not lost’ and there’s still an opportunity to salvage programs.

Rural Michigan sheriffs fear layoffs after Whitmer vetoes road patrol

Rural Michigan sheriffs fear layoffs after Whitmer vetoes road patrol

October 3, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Law enforcement raises alarms after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer axed $13 million for a state grant program that has helped county sheriffs hire road patrol deputies since 1978.

Here are the winners and the losers in Michigan’s new budget

Here are the winners and the losers in Michigan’s new budget

October 2, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer line-item vetoed nearly $1 billion of the budget and shifted $625 million. Michiganders are left with a budget that advocates say will help make drinking water safer and preschool more reliable but college tuition higher.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 5 big asks for new Michigan budget talks

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 5 big asks for new Michigan budget talks

October 2, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants Republicans to fund five “key” priorities for a potential supplemental spending bill after vetoing $947 million from GOP budgets. Don’t count on it, GOP leader says.

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