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Nessel Makes First Move To Shut Down Line 5

LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday went to court seeking to decommission the 66-year old twin pipelines underneath the Straits of Mackinac, arguing the continued operation of the Enbridge pipeline is "likely to cause pollution, impairment or destruction of the water and other natural resources of the Great Lakes." The lawsuit seeks

By |2019-06-28T10:12:28-04:00June 28th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|

Wolverine Alleges PFAS Poses No ‘Substantial Endangerment’ In Lawsuit

LANSING - Wolverine World Wide, the company accused of dumping waste that contaminated bodies of water in Kent County with per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, said it has provided "every affected resident with access to clean and reliable water" following the discovery of PFAS in drinking water sources and therefore the lawsuit against the company should

By |2019-07-04T07:41:23-04:00June 23rd, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|

Whitmer Renames, Reshuffles Economic Agencies; Names New Director

LANSING - A dramatic reorganization of the state's economic development and worker protection functions ordered Thursday by Governor Gretchen Whitmer puts a new person in charge of those duties, renames the Department of Talent and Economic Development as the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and upends some key boards and commissions. The actions concentrate essentially

By |2019-06-07T18:52:40-04:00June 7th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

House GOP Planning Revenue-Neutral Gas Tax Hike

LANSING - A Michigan House subcommittee on Thursday moved a budget assuming $542.5 million from a forthcoming, dedicated transportation fuel tax that would eventually replace the 6 percent sales tax currently collected on fuel purchases. House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) has made it a priority to ensure all money charged at the pump goes to the roads.

By |2019-06-07T18:52:40-04:00June 7th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

Lansing Finalizes 20 Medical Marijuana Provisioning Centers

LANSING - The city of Lansing has finalized the 20 medical marijuana provisioning centers that will get official approval once they receive a state license, it announced Monday. Under Lansing's ordinance, the city was to approve 20 provisioning center applications and can approve five more later. The 20 that now have conditional approval received it

By |2019-06-04T19:30:19-04:00June 4th, 2019|New Products / Contracts, Politics, Politics/Government|

Michigan Farmland Preservation Opened To Solar Energy

LANSING - Land under Michigan's Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program can house solar panels under a change announced Monday by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell. The change was a product of a workgroup McDowell chaired on incorporating renewable energy into farmland preservation. Those participating in the program would have their

By |2019-06-04T19:30:19-04:00June 4th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics|

Whitmer, Leaders Call No Fault Process A Model For Other Big Issues

MACKINAC ISLAND – Amid a jubilant bipartisan moment of unity, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed significant auto insurance changes into law Thursday following a round of negotiations leaders said could prove to be a roadmap for resolving other policy debates and the budget. The remarks came during a crowded, euphoric gathering on the Grand Hotel porch in which

By |2019-06-02T20:08:34-04:00June 1st, 2019|Politics|

Enviro Group Warns Whitmer: Don’t Be ‘Line 5 Oil Tunnel Governor’

MACKINAC ISLAND - An umbrella organization representing most of the state's top environmental organizations in efforts to shut down Enbridge Energy's Line 5 oil pipeline at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac put the choice facing Governor Gretchen Whitmer, seen as an ally of the environmental movement, in stark terms Friday. Whitmer is in

By |2019-06-02T20:08:35-04:00June 1st, 2019|Clean Update, Politics|

Slight Bump In Revenue Agreed Upon In Consensus Forecast

LANSING - Lawmakers will have a slight cushion of revenue to complete budget work in the weeks ahead for the current fiscal year and fiscal year 2019-20, according to the numbers agreed upon Friday by the state's Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference. Economists and state budget officials delivering presentations before conference members Friday in the Capitol

By |2019-05-21T21:31:03-04:00May 19th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

State, National Economy Rolling Along With Trade Uncertainty Looming

LANSING - While those studying the state and national economy remain optimistic regarding growth, the growing uncertainty on federal trade policy has everyone worried, officials said Friday at the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference. In presentations Friday, Gabriel Ehrlich and Daniil Manaenkov with the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics at the University of Michigan had mostly

By |2019-05-29T19:59:18-04:00May 19th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|