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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to give response to Trump’s State of the Union

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to give response to Trump’s State of the Union

January 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The speech is often given to rising stars in the party that is not in the White House. That provides opportunities and risks for the state’s first-term Democratic governor.

Liberal group launches ballot effort to change Michigan lobbying laws

Liberal group launches ballot effort to change Michigan lobbying laws

January 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Voters could decide in November whether to approve a constitutional amendment to increase disclosure rules for lobbyists and bar them from giving lawmakers anything of value.

Michigan wants drivers to learn to love roundabouts. It’s been a slow go.

Michigan wants drivers to learn to love roundabouts. It’s been a slow go.

January 23, 2020 | Joel Kurth

Michigan is the birthplace of the three-signal traffic light. But roads engineers increasingly are dumping them for roundabouts, which are safer, improve traffic flows and drive motorists nuts.

How to safely navigate roundabouts in Michigan

How to safely navigate roundabouts in Michigan

January 23, 2020 | Joel Kurth

Tips and facts about roundabouts, which are becoming more common in Michigan. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.

Michigan still owes GM over $2 billion in tax credits from Great Recession

Michigan still owes GM over $2 billion in tax credits from Great Recession

January 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An old Michigan tax credit program designed to stem massive job losses over a decade ago continues to gouge the state budget, but a new deal with General Motors Co. will at least provide some certainty in future years.

Senator accuses Lucido of harassment as #MeToo reckoning hits Michigan Capitol

Senator accuses Lucido of harassment as #MeToo reckoning hits Michigan Capitol

January 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Sen. Peter Lucido, who chairs powerful committees, is facing a second accusation of sexual harassment, this time from a colleague. He denies the accusations.

Along Michigan-Ohio border, small-town Morenci is transformed by marijuana

Along Michigan-Ohio border, small-town Morenci is transformed by marijuana

January 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Once a frontier town dominated by agriculture, Morenci now finds itself on a new frontier, with the scent of pot wafting through its streets. Despite reluctance from “conservative farm folks,” most support the financial boost the industry has brought. 

Dana Nessel appeals unemployment fraud case to Michigan Supreme Court

Dana Nessel appeals unemployment fraud case to Michigan Supreme Court

January 16, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

The state asks the court to reject the right of thousands of workers to collect monetary damages.

Michigan senator faces sexual harassment probe over comments to reporter

Michigan senator faces sexual harassment probe over comments to reporter

January 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

State Sen. Peter Lucido is facing bipartisan criticism and an internal sexual harassment investigation after telling a 22-year-old female reporter she could have “a lot of fun” with a group of schoolboys visiting the Michigan Capitol.

Dana Nessel sues 3M, DuPont over ‘unconscionable’ PFAS pollution in Michigan

Dana Nessel sues 3M, DuPont over ‘unconscionable’ PFAS pollution in Michigan

January 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A lawsuit filed Tuesday by Attorney General Dana Nessel alleges PFAS manufacturers “intentionally hid” known health and environmental risks from the public and state in order to continue profiting off “forever chemicals.”

The answer to swelling jails? Stop jailing so many folks, Michigan report says

The answer to swelling jails? Stop jailing so many folks, Michigan report says

January 14, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A high-level report unveiled Tuesday recommends sweeping changes to Michigan’s criminal justice system to reduce the number of people sent to jail. The group found that far too many inmates are people of color or have mental illnesses.

Crashes, injuries spike after Michigan boosts freeway speed limits to 75 mph

Crashes, injuries spike after Michigan boosts freeway speed limits to 75 mph

January 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

More drivers are going over 80 mph –  and crashing – since Michigan raised speed limits to 75 mph on rural freeways in 2017. But backers say worst fears about new limits haven’t materialized.

Five things to know as Michigan lawmakers kick-start state budget process

Five things to know as Michigan lawmakers kick-start state budget process

January 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Yes, Michigan’s divisive budget battle just ended. But it’s starting again soon, and state officials say there’s good news and bad news. The state collected more taxes, but old decisions limit how they can be spent.

Larry Inman recall effort is dead again, after Michigan nixes signatures

Larry Inman recall effort is dead again, after Michigan nixes signatures

January 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan Bureau of Elections has determined a group seeking to force a recall election against state Rep. Larry Inman didn’t meet the threshold of 12,201 signatures.   

Gov. Whitmer, GOP clash on Michigan ban on public funds for private schools

Gov. Whitmer, GOP clash on Michigan ban on public funds for private schools

January 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Religious and non-public school groups want the Michigan Supreme Court to strike down a constitutional amendment banning taxpayer funding for private schools, arguing it was motivated by anti-Catholic bias and violates free exercise rights.

A year later, $10M grant to help former Michigan GOP chair stuck in limbo

A year later, $10M grant to help former Michigan GOP chair stuck in limbo

January 9, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Controversial grants to assist a southeast Michigan real estate development with strong Republican ties could be hampered by delays that could jeopardize state funding.

Michigan Supreme Court urged to release Bill Schuette emails on private accounts

Michigan Supreme Court urged to release Bill Schuette emails on private accounts

January 8, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A liberal advocacy group argues the state is unjustly refusing to give up government emails the group requested in 2016. Current Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has picked up Schuette’s defense, citing technical concerns with the suit. 

Michigan to allow cellphones in all courts, striking down local bans

Michigan to allow cellphones in all courts, striking down local bans

January 8, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Lawyers and advocates argued that cellphone bans create barriers to justice, while some judges raised concerns over court chaos.

Michigan Republican pushes to deregulate health care. Some hospitals call foul.

Michigan Republican pushes to deregulate health care. Some hospitals call foul.

January 8, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

A GOP legislative package would remove barriers to small rural hospitals expanding or offering some of the same services as larger hospitals in the region. Both sides say their vision would lower costs. 

Michigan LGBT rights initiative launched for November ballot

Michigan LGBT rights initiative launched for November ballot

January 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Petition language submitted to state election officials on Tuesday would expand the definition of “sex” in Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976 to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression,” guaranteeing safeguards in housing, public accommodation and employment.

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