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U-M To Host 2020 Presidential Debate

LANSING - The University of Michigan's Crisler Center will host a presidential debate on October 15, 2020, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday. "This is a tremendous opportunity for the university community to contribute to our democracy, while setting an example of civic engagement and shining a light on the outstanding academic strengths of

By |2019-10-13T17:36:32-04:00October 13th, 2019|News|

Data Centers Opposing Switch Tax Bill

LANSING - A bill sitting in the House Commerce and Tourism Committee that would exempt data center Switch from additional property taxes is facing opposition from the other data centers in Michigan. The Michigan Data Center Alliance, a coalition of nine Michigan-based companies operating 38 data centers and employing 1,000 residents, said this week it

By |2019-10-13T17:36:32-04:00October 13th, 2019|Government/Politics, Politics, Politics/Government|

PFAS Drinking Water Draft Standards Announced

LANSING - The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy announced Friday that it will be moving forward in formally setting a threshold on certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in Michigan drinking water, becoming the first in the nation to do so and aiming for finalizing the policy as soon as April 2020. These draft

By |2019-10-13T17:36:32-04:00October 13th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

Federal Lawsuit Filed On E-Cigarette Flavors Ban

GRAND RAPIDS - A federal lawsuit was filed Friday against the state for the emergency rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services banning nearly all flavors for e-cigarettes. The lawsuit was filed at the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids by Mr. E-Liquid, a Grand Rapids-based manufacturer, retailer and wholesaler of the

By |2019-09-28T08:06:56-04:00September 28th, 2019|News|

Michigan Budget Negotiations Remain At Impasse

LANSING - Republican legislative leaders are moving ahead with plans to finalize the details of all remaining budgets Thursday and then vote the following week to send all budget bills to Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer with the question of whether she will sign them, veto them or sign them with line-item vetoes very much unknown. Tuesday

By |2019-09-17T19:33:05-04:00September 17th, 2019|Featured, Politics, Politics/Government|

Audit: Cyber Civilian Corps Failing Background Checks, Lack Experience

LANSING - Not all volunteers with the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps are meeting program requirements, including passing criminal background checks, signing a nondisclosure agreement for confidential security work and failing components of a test which validated their abilities to work with the group. These findings come from an audit released Friday by the Office of the Auditor

By |2019-09-14T13:11:08-04:00September 14th, 2019|Cyber Defense, Featured, Politics/Government|

Governor Appoints New Strategic Fund Board, Land Bank

LANSING - Gov. Whitmer has appointed a new Michigan Strategic Fund Board of Directors after eliminating the previous one and replacing it with one she created in the executive order she issued setting up the new Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Whitmer also named Jeff Mason of Bath, the president and CEO of the

By |2019-09-08T20:00:02-04:00September 8th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

Stabenow, Peters Push To Extend Great Lakes Initiative 5 More Years

LANSING - On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters announced legislation that would extend sunset of the Great Lake Restoration Initiative by five years and increase funding for the project. The move, they said, would build on existing success and improve conditions of the lakes. Under the proposed legislation the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

By |2019-08-25T20:53:24-04:00August 25th, 2019|Clean Update|

Nessel Joins Anti-Robocall Fight With Other AGs, Phone Companies

LANSING - Attorney General Dana Nessel joined with 50 other attorneys general and 12 telecommunication companies to fight illegal robocalls with the Anti-Robocall Principles agreement. "This is a major step forward in combating robocalls in Michigan and across the country," Nessel said in a statement Friday. "Far too many residents fall victim to illegal robocall

By |2019-08-25T20:53:24-04:00August 25th, 2019|Mobile MI, Mobility, Politics/Government|