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Michigan’s water crisis is coming to city near you, report says

January 14, 2019 | Joel Kurth

A new report says Detroit’s beleaguered water system is a harbinger for state and nation. Rising rates could make water unaffordable for 1 in 3 Michiganders in five years.

Lawmakers: Michigan Gov. Snyder swapped pork projects for votes in lame duck

January 11, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

The now ex-governor spent years governing by spreadsheet. As he exited office, he governed by checkbook, doling out over $100 million in projects to secure votes for environmental cleanups, lawmakers say.

Will Jocelyn Benson defend Michigan gerrymandering tactics she once fought?

January 11, 2019 | Joel Kurth

The new Michigan secretary of state has spent years criticizing partisan redistricting. Now she heads the office that has defended the state against gerrymandering accusations. A federal trial is only weeks away.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer sets ‘equal pay’ rules to boost women in state hiring

January 9, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The new governor’s 10th executive directive prohibits state departments and agencies from asking about job applicants’ past salaries — an effort, she says, to close the gender pay gap.

Gerrymandering is dying in Michigan. Of old age. No joke.

January 8, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Demographic shifts in Michigan favor Democrats as the population in rural Michigan declines, forcing new maps that should have more “purple” districts.

Groups behind Michigan ballot initiatives mull challenges to lame-duck laws

January 7, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

A challenge to controversial laws passed in Michigan’s lame-duck legislative session, which ended in December, could include everything from a lawsuit to a citizen referendum in November 2020.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lays down ethical rules for her administration

January 3, 2019 | Riley Beggin

In her second full day in office, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed six executive  directives demonstrating her interest in ethics and transparency. But experts say there’s a long way to go.

2019 priorities in Lansing: roads and schools, no-fault and clean water

January 3, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The new legislative session kicks off this month, and with it, the first test of bipartisanship in an era of divided state government.

Michigan Democrats’ 2019 vows: safe roads, clean water, better schools

January 3, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan's incoming Democratic governor and the House and Senate Democratic leaders say they are aligned on their top policy goals to pursue in 2019.

Michigan Republicans’ 2019 to do’s: roads and auto insurance

January 3, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Fixing the roads and reforming Michigan’s expensive no-fault auto insurance are issues that both major parties say they want to fix. Republicans say they are willing to work with new Democractic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Gov. Snyder vetoes Michigan bills criticized as Republican ‘power grabs’

December 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The departing governor took a different path from Scott Walker in Wisconsin, rejecting bills to shield dark money and make it easier for the  legislature to enter lawsuits.

Michigan lawmakers spread millions in pork. Did your town get a cut?

December 21, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan lawmakers dole out more than $100 million in special projects. Check to see if your district got a piece of the action.

Lawsuits, ballot reform and sterile deer: A recap of lame duck’s longest day

December 21, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Republicans pass bills to allow lawmakers to intervene in lawsuits, impose barriers to ballot measures, roll out new voting requirements and, yes, ensure that deer aren’t sterilized against their will. All that and more awaits Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature.

That's a wrap! What bills passed, died in Michigan lame duck for the ages

December 21, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

More than 300 bills in 13 days. Here’s what you need to know about changes to minimum wage, constitutional amendments, marijuana and puppies. Yes, puppies.  

Michigan lawmakers send Gov. Snyder bill to add hurdles to ballot drives

December 21, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Two months after voters approve three ballot measures, Michigan lawmakers approve reforms that critics say would make it impossible to place measures on the ballot.

Michigan lawmakers dole out $1B in wee hours, lame-duck spending spree

December 20, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Jim Malewitz

Pennies from heaven? Try millions and millions. Michigan lawmakers approve $1.3 billion in extra funding for toxic cleanups, roads and tons of pet projects.  

Michigan bill allowing legislative lawsuits goes to Gov. Snyder

December 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The state Legislature may soon have a voice in court under a bill that is under consideration by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Michigan lame duck: Ballot rules may tighten, campaign finance stays with SOS

December 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

A controversial change to the state’s ballot petition signature gathering requirements moved one step closer to becoming law Wednesday. Two other Republican efforts fell short as lame duck session nears the finish line.

Michigan population almost 10M again. These maps and charts explain how.

December 19, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan remains the 10th largest state in the nation, but slow population growth after a lost decade likely means the state will lose another congressional district after 2020.

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