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Rural Michigan to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: What about us?

Rural Michigan to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: What about us?

January 30, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Beset with common but daunting problems, leaders in rural Michigan implore Michigan’s Democratic governor to create a Cabinet-level post to address their concerns.

Michigan OKs $3.5B in roads spending. Much of it is going to Metro Detroit.

Michigan OKs $3.5B in roads spending. Much of it is going to Metro Detroit.

January 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

One day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced she will borrow money for roads fixes, a state commission approves the measure that will send 40 percent of projects to southeast Michigan.

Whitmer and GOP agree $3.5B won’t fix Michigan roads, swap blame on funding

Whitmer and GOP agree $3.5B won’t fix Michigan roads, swap blame on funding

January 30, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans agree $3.5 billion bonds plan isn’t a long-term solution for Michigan’s ailing roads. But they contend it’s up to the other side to come up with a better solution.

Frustrated Gov. Whitmer vows no more ‘games’ with GOP on fixing Michigan

Frustrated Gov. Whitmer vows no more ‘games’ with GOP on fixing Michigan

January 29, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in her second State of the State, says she’ll work around recalcitrant Republicans to fix roads, maintain Affordable Care Act protections and ensure students don’t repeat the third grade because of the reading law.

Highways win, local streets left ‘in the dust’ by Whitmer’s $3.5B roads plan

Highways win, local streets left ‘in the dust’ by Whitmer’s $3.5B roads plan

January 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's new plan to "fix the damn roads" by issuing $3.5 billion in bonds would help rebuild Michigan highways without a tax increase but saddle the state with decades of new debt.

For state address in 2020, Michigan Gov. Whitmer still working on 2019 goals

For state address in 2020, Michigan Gov. Whitmer still working on 2019 goals

January 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to highlight six familiar issues after 2019 plans to fix roads, change school funding, close a talent gap and curb distracted driving failed or moved slowly in GOP Legislature.

Michigan may study whether tolls are solution to state’s awful roads

Michigan may study whether tolls are solution to state’s awful roads

January 28, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Plenty of obstacles remain, but the Michigan Senate wants to study whether tolls could help fix roads. The proposal comes as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to announce her new plans for road repairs.

Law limiting Michigan ballot drives mostly unconstitutional, court rules

Law limiting Michigan ballot drives mostly unconstitutional, court rules

January 28, 2020 | Riley Beggin

House and Senate Republicans may appeal the decision to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Michigan voters: Roads stink, but don’t ask us to pay for fixes

Michigan voters: Roads stink, but don’t ask us to pay for fixes

January 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan voters say roads are getting worse, but they aren’t ready to open their checkbooks to fix them, according to a new statewide poll that points to distrust in state government.

How Democratic presidential candidates want to change health care, Medicare

How Democratic presidential candidates want to change health care, Medicare

January 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s presidential primary is March 10. Here’s a look at how the contenders would change health insurance.

Fact Squad | Sanders promises Medicare for All will cut Michigan auto rates

Fact Squad | Sanders promises Medicare for All will cut Michigan auto rates

January 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders claims car insurance rates will fall with his Medicare for All plan. He doesn’t mention that they’re expected to change anyway this year.

Bridge is doubling down on politics and changing how we fact-check claims

Bridge is doubling down on politics and changing how we fact-check claims

January 27, 2020 | Joel Kurth

With Michigan expected to play a crucial role in national election politics, Bridge is launching weekly coverage of issues in the race. We also are launching the Michigan Fact Squad to scrutinize political ads.

What Democrats’ Medicare for All plans would mean for Michigan

What Democrats’ Medicare for All plans would mean for Michigan

January 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Experts say Medicare for All would extend health care coverage to more than 500,000 Michigan residents and end expensive costs that can make it unaffordable. But residents and businesses in Michigan would face significant tax hikes, and private insurance workers could lose their jobs.

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. 

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