Michigan Technology related politics

Michigan Joins Federal Lifeline Program For Low-Income Telephone, Broadband Services

 LANSING - Michiganders who apply for telephone or broadband services under the federal Lifeline program and the companies that participate in the program have begun using the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier database to determine an applicant’s qualifications, the Michigan Public Service Commission announced. Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky began mandatory participation in the roll-out of the

By |2019-06-14T10:24:32-04:00June 14th, 2019|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|

Gov. Whitmer Announces NAIAS 2020 Michigan Mobility Challenge

MACKINAC ISLAND – Wednesday at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Gov. Whitmer announced a new program to advance smart infrastructure initiatives and put the future of automotive technology on display during the 2020 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The NAIAS 2020 Michigan Mobility Challenge will call upon industry innovators to propose dynamic technology deployments

By |2019-05-29T19:59:36-04:00May 29th, 2019|Auto Tech, Featured, Politics|

Whitmer Opens Door To Reduction In Personal Injury Protection Auto Insurance

LANSING - Allowing a car insurance customer to not purchase personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, even if an individual’s health insurance company covers auto accident claims, is a bridge too far for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the auto no-fault reform debate. Speaking to reporters as she toured the Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation Center in East

By |2019-05-22T08:19:09-04:00May 21st, 2019|Politics, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Personal Disclosure Bills Getting Bi-Partisan Support In Michigan Legislature

LANSING - Michigan officeholders and candidates for legislative, executive and judicial branch positions within state government would be required to fill out financial disclosure statements similar to what is required of congressional candidates and members under legislation highlighted Thursday. Reps. David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids) and Mark Huizenga (R-Walker) led a press conference Thursday afternoon with