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Whitmer’s Next Move Unclear After Senate Overturns Executive Order On DEQ Restructuring

LANSING - By midday Thursday Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer was faced with a challenge not placed before an occupant of the governor's office in more than a generation: full rejection of an executive order. The Senate's 22-16 party-line vote in the Republican-controlled Senate on HCR 1, rejecting the governor's proposed restructuring of the Department of Environmental Quality and

By |2019-02-15T16:01:43+00:00February 15th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

Michigan Road Funding Political Talks Provide Sharp Differences Between Republicans, Democrats

GRAND RAPIDS – A bipartisan panel of four top legislators Friday saw divided reaction to a proposal from former legislative leaders for a 47-cent increase in the gasoline tax over time, but also some consensus on the need to change how the state funds its roads. At the Michigan Press Association's annual conference, House Majority

By |2019-02-03T19:35:28+00:00February 3rd, 2019|Politics|

Some More Money For State, But Growth Slowing In Coming Years

LANSING - Michigan officials will have some more money to work with through the remainder of the 2018-19 fiscal year and for the upcoming 2019-20 fiscal year, but not much more, the state's Revenue Estimating Conference decided on Friday. But that additional revenue growth will be the product of slowing overall economic growth in both

By |2019-01-13T18:17:38+00:00January 13th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

Former Michigan House Speaker: Should Have Gone Slower On Income Tax Cut

LANSING - In reviewing his two years leading the House, former Speaker Tom Leonard said in a recent interview he could have gone slower on the income tax cut he pushed in early 2017, which was defeated, though he does not regret putting the bill up for a vote. In the first bill to be

By |2019-01-05T19:12:22+00:00January 5th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

Lyon, Wells Dismissed From Federal Flint Water Class-Action

LANSING - The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Friday a district court's denial of motions to dismiss against five Flint water crisis defendants including the former director of the Department of Health and Human Services and the state's former chief medical executive, though it sided with the lower court in denying motions to

By |2019-01-05T19:12:22+00:00January 5th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|

Gov. Whitmer Calls For Cross-Aisle Cooperation As She Takes Oath Of Office

LANSING - As eight years of total Republican control of state government ended at noon Tuesday, Democrats crowded the Capitol lawn with a smattering of Republicans on hand as well to mark the opening of a new political era in state government. A Democratic governor, secretary of state and attorney general. A Republican Legislature and

By |2019-01-02T13:54:37+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

First Lawsuit Filed Against Line 5 Tunnel Authority

LANSING - The first legal challenge has been filed to the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, the new entity that will own and oversee the to be constructed tunnel housing the Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. That a lawsuit was filed was no surprise, but the plaintiff in the case is both

By |2018-12-20T17:20:03+00:00December 20th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Enbridge, Supporters Pack Meeting As Board Approves Tunnel

ST. IGNACE - The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority Board approved the agreements Wednesday to allow construction of a new utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac after a public comment period that leaned toward support for the tunnel and the current pipeline. Board members noted the statute required them to approve the agreement if it

By |2018-12-20T17:20:03+00:00December 20th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Union Decertification, Tipping Fee Bills Die In Senate

LANSING - Legislation requiring public sector unions to biennially hold decertification elections is dead for the current term from a lack Senate Republican votes but may be pursued by the Legislature in the upcoming term, the majority leader told reporters following session Thursday. Another major bill, Governor Rick Snyder's proposal to increase the tipping fee on

By |2018-12-15T16:40:34+00:00December 14th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Proponents For Paid Sick Leave To Seek Ballot Proposal In 2020

LANSING - The Michigan Senate-passed bill changing the voter-initiated law requiring employers to provide paid sick time their employees so severely guts the act with little hope of legitimate negotiations to soften the legislation that the organizers of the proposal say they will begin collecting signatures to bring their proposal back for the 2020 ballot.

By |2018-11-30T09:47:04+00:00November 30th, 2018|Politics|