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How Democratic presidential candidates would raise taxes to pay for plans

How Democratic presidential candidates would raise taxes to pay for plans

March 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential hopefuls are proposing aggressive spending plans to combat climate change, make college free or more affordable, increase access to health care and more. They’re going to have to pay for them somehow.

How Democratic presidential candidates would reform immigration

How Democratic presidential candidates would reform immigration

March 2, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Democrats campaigning in Michigan’s March 10 primary want to reverse most of President Trump’s immigration policies, advocating for a path to citizenship, new types of visas and more help for refugees.

Dems’ immigration plans would help Michigan economy, hurt low-skilled workers

Dems’ immigration plans would help Michigan economy, hurt low-skilled workers

March 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Democrats competing in Michigan’s March 10 primary want to reverse many of President Trump’s policies. Easing immigration rules could help amid a labor shortage, but not all would win.

Citizenship question is gone. Michigan immigrants still distrust the Census

Citizenship question is gone. Michigan immigrants still distrust the Census

March 2, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Fears persist that census data will be used to target minority populations for deportation, shaping outreach efforts and likely reducing the number of people that will respond to the census.

Michigan group rushes to get graduated income tax on 2020 ballot

Michigan group rushes to get graduated income tax on 2020 ballot

February 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A progressive group wants voters to change the constitution to lower taxes for joint filers making less than $350,000, but raise them on higher earners to generate another $1.5 billion.

Thousands want to draw Michigan’s political districts. Most are white men.

Thousands want to draw Michigan’s political districts. Most are white men.

February 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A new independent redistricting panel has attracted 6,000 volunteers, but Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says they don’t yet reflect Michigan’s demographic and geographic diversity. 

Michigan agrees to pay $80 million in juvenile prison suit, enact reforms

Michigan agrees to pay $80 million in juvenile prison suit, enact reforms

February 27, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Attorney General Dana Nessel agrees to pay $80 million and make prison changes to settle lawsuits alleging sexual assault of juvenile prisoners in adult prisons.  

1.2 million Michiganders at risk of not being counted in 2020 Census

1.2 million Michiganders at risk of not being counted in 2020 Census

February 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin

State officials warn that an undercount could have serious repercussions for the state, including diminished funding and less representation in Congress.

Michigan primary 2020: What you need to know, where to vote, absentee rules

Michigan primary 2020: What you need to know, where to vote, absentee rules

February 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin

 It’s almost Election Day, and a lot has changed since the last major election. Here’s how to vote in the presidential primary.

Michigan’s big bet on small tech fell flat. Now the $250M bill is due

Michigan’s big bet on small tech fell flat. Now the $250M bill is due

February 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

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.

Democrats’ hard push for electric vehicles would upend Michigan economy

Democrats’ hard push for electric vehicles would upend Michigan economy

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential hopefuls have big goals for electric vehicle production in their efforts to combat climate change. Michigan automakers are unlikely to meet those timetables, though, and unions fear electric vehicles could kill jobs.

What Democrats’ climate change plans mean to Michigan automakers, workers

What Democrats’ climate change plans mean to Michigan automakers, workers

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential candidates want to ensure that all new light vehicles sold in the United States emit no carbon as soon as 2030. Read their plans for how to get there.

Democrats hope solving battery anxiety will jumpstart electric car sales

Democrats hope solving battery anxiety will jumpstart electric car sales

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Presidential candidates and Michigan regulators want big investments in battery charging infrastructure, which remains a key hurdle to electric car sales. Last year, just 2 percent of U.S. car sales were electric vehicles.

Fact Squad | Ad touts Elissa Slotkin’s work fighting PFAS chemicals

Fact Squad | Ad touts Elissa Slotkin’s work fighting PFAS chemicals

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A new ad thanks freshman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin for fighting PFAS. While mostly accurate, the ad leaves out a few details, Fact Squad finds.

Prosecutors put a Michigan man in prison for life. Then they got him out.

Prosecutors put a Michigan man in prison for life. Then they got him out.

February 20, 2020 | Anna Clark

Ramon Ward was released Thursday after serving 25 years for a double murder he didn’t commit. His exoneration followed a review by prosecutors, one of several steps the state is taking to right past wrongs.

Driver hurt by concrete chunk. It fell from a bridge Michigan deemed safe.

Driver hurt by concrete chunk. It fell from a bridge Michigan deemed safe.

February 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan has more than 447 bridges that are in rough shape. The piece of concrete that fell and injured a driver in Lansing on Thursday wasn’t one of them, compounding fears of crumbling infrastructure.

 National Republicans want in on case challenging Michigan voting laws

National Republicans want in on case challenging Michigan voting laws

February 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A Democratic super PAC hopes to strike down state rules barring transportation to polls and help delivering absentee ballots. Republicans say they have an interest in stopping that.

Michigan clerks’ pleas for help with absentee ballots fall on deaf ears

Michigan clerks’ pleas for help with absentee ballots fall on deaf ears

February 19, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Clerks fear an uptick in absentee ballots will mean late nights and delayed election results, but a leading lawmaker says proposed solutions won’t move.

Michigan ballots loaded with tax requests in primary GOP voters may skip

Michigan ballots loaded with tax requests in primary GOP voters may skip

February 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan voters to decide 245 local ballot proposals in March, an unusually high number for a primary. The requests are prompting debate because Republican participation turnout may be low because President Trump faces token opposition.

Court: Much of Michigan sex offender registry not enforceable until fixed

Court: Much of Michigan sex offender registry not enforceable until fixed

February 14, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The federal ruling puts pressure on the state Legislature to produce clearer rules that are fair to offenders on the list and stand up to constitutional scrutiny.

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