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Michigan GOP to public unions: Recertify every two years or die

December 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A fast-tracked bill pushed by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof resembles a policy gaining steam by a conservative free-market group. Workers deserve choices, he says.

Michigan minimum wage, sick leave bills dismantled. Will Gov. Snyder sign?

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The bills passed Tuesday in the House gut laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. One prominent lawmaker says governor has promised to sign the bills.

Lame duck Michigan legislators aim to shape redistricting over protests

December 4, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Supporters of the group behind Michigan’s new redistricting commission are livid over a bill that would define political party affiliations for the new system.

On wild day, Michigan lawmakers move to give themselves lawsuit power

December 4, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Amid protests and a bomb scare, Republican lawmakers advance a bill to allow the Legislature to intervene in lawsuits.

Republican bills would snatch power over Michigan schools from Democrats

December 4, 2018 | Ron French

The legislation would create a new education commission that Gov. Snyder would largely fill as he exits office, and before Democrats take over the governor’s office and state board of education

Michigan House poised to dismantle Michigan sick leave, minimum wage laws

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The House may vote as soon as Tuesday afternoon on bills that would largely gut citizen-pushed laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. Gov. Rick Snyder hasn’t said if he will sign.

You can smoke pot in Michigan but not buy it. What you need to know.

December 4, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Thursday marks the first day adult Michiganders can legally smoke recreational marijuana. Where they’ll get it? That’s another story. Here are 9 things you need to know about the new law.

Group behind Michigan paid sick leave vows 2020 ballot drive if law gutted

December 3, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The group that spearheaded the state’s new paid sick leave law says it believes the arrival of Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer — and her veto pen — in January will help its chances of making the ballot in 2020.

Drama in Michigan lame-duck: Good government reform or naked power grab?

November 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A flurry of bills from the GOP is sparking accusations that they’re trying to maintain as much power as possible before Democrats take over top statewide offices in January.

This Michigan lawmaker is pushing a bill that will save his business $9,000

November 30, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A state representative who also owns a convenience store is crusading to dump Michigan’s bottle deposit law. Michigan has no law preventing lawmakers from passing laws that directly benefit them.

Michigan gerrymandering trial on for February; court cites ‘profound’ bias

November 30, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Emails, election results are enough for three-judge federal panel to rule that a League of Women Voters lawsuit challenging Republican redistricting maps in Michigan can go to trial

Gerrymandering 101: How voters favor Dems, but GOP keeps Michigan Legislature

November 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

An analysis of statewide House and Senate races shows how Michigan Republicans kept control of both the House and Senate in the Nov. 6 election, despite receiving less votes than Democratic candidates statewide.

These maps show how Michigan Republicans kept power despite blue wave

November 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Explore how gerrymandering helped GOP keep control of Michigan’s House and Senate, even though Democrats got more votes.

Michigan Senate scales back minimum wage, sick leave laws in ‘dark of night’

November 28, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan senators approved major changes to two citizen-backed laws that would increase worker pay and benefits, hours after presenting the changes to the public. Critics say the move leaves the public in the dark.

Michigan Republicans aim to soften minimum wage, sick leave in lame duck

November 27, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Changes are likely to the citizen-initiated laws the Republican Legislature passed in September. Proponents of the changes say they’re critical to protect small business. Opponents say they violate the will of the people.

Republican bill would shield donors to ‘dark money’ groups in Michigan

November 16, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey wants to ban state agencies from seeking the names of donors to political nonprofits. The bill comes as Dems are about to take over the offices of Attorney General and Secretary of State.

Gretchen Whitmer inherits a stable economy, but an unforgiving budget

November 15, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s next governor takes office with an economy that’s humming. But the state budget is limited by existing spending deals, Republican opposition and the prospect of an economic downtown, which could foil Whitmer’s policy goals.

5 places where Michigan’s governor and legislature can make deals

November 13, 2018 | Riley Beggin

From roads to water to job training, state residents are counting on Michigan Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer and a Republican Legislature to set partisanship aside and start solving problems. See where they might find common ground.

Michigan Supreme Court up for grabs after 2018 election

November 13, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Out with a reliable conservative justice, in with a progressive, and it’s anyone’s guess which way a more closely divided high court in Michigan will swing following years of Republican advantage.

You’ll never guess which Michigan counties loved weed (Kidding, you will)

November 9, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

The home counties of some of the Michigan's biggest universities gave a big thumbs up to Proposal 1, legalizing recreational marijuana. 

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