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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|

Wind Continues To Dominate Renewable Energy Generation In Michigan

LANSING – Wind generation continues to be the primary source of alternative electric power in Michigan, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s ninth annual report on renewable energy, released Friday. Utility-scale wind turbine projects generated 69 percent of the approximately 3,000 megawatts of nameplate capacity in 2018, the same as the previous year, according

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

Energy Waste Reduction Saves Utility Customers $1.1 Billion

LANSING – Energy waste reduction programs have saved nearly 1.6 million megawatt hours of electricity and more than 5.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s annual report, released Friday. The 2017 Utility Energy Waste Reduction Programs report found 64 electric companies (investor-owned, cooperatives, and municipalities) spent a total

By |2019-02-15T16:02:44+00:00February 15th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|

MPSC Approves More Wind For Consumers’ Renewable Energy Plan

LANSING – The Michigan Public Service Commission this week approved Consumers Energy Co.’s request to add wind generation to its renewable energy plan, but delayed a decision on the company’s request to add solar facilities. Consumers said the new wind and solar facilities are needed to meet the state’s renewable portfolio standard. The standard set

By |2019-02-08T11:27:12+00:00February 8th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|

MDOT Director Declines To Provide Details On Gov. Whitmer’s Road Funding Increase

LANSING - The head the Michigan Department of Transportation declined to provide details of the governor's proposal for increased road funding Tuesday before a Senate panel during his confirmation hearing but sought to make it clear that his belief is that the key to fixing the state's deteriorating roads is more funding. MDOT Director Paul Ajegba told

By |2019-02-06T17:05:59+00:00February 6th, 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|

Report: Small Business Paying More in Business Taxes

LANSING – The state's leading small business organization, NFIB, announced the release of a report that shows small business is paying the lion’s share of the state’s primary business taxes. “A recent House Fiscal Agency report suggests 2018 net revenue from the Corporate Income Tax could be about $392 million, but just a few years ago

By |2019-01-30T19:01:20+00:00January 30th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

Progress, But No Auto Insurance Reform Ideas Yet Committed To Michigan Senate Bill

LANSING - A Michigan senator who introduced a vehicle bill this month for comprehensive no-fault auto insurance reform says his fact-finding conversations with other lawmakers and an array of stakeholders, are ongoing and are making progress, but he has not yet put pen to paper with any concrete proposals ahead of initial committee hearings. Sen.

By |2019-01-28T08:29:56+00:00January 28th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

State Reassessing Shutdown Impacts As February Draws Closer

LANSING - The state is currently assessing how the partial federal government shutdown will affect services after February 5 as there appears a "total lack of progress" toward re-opening the government, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer has joined a call for the President Donald Trump administration to allow federal employees working without pay to access unemployment benefits. The

By |2019-01-21T08:53:12+00:00January 21st, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

State Selects Pilot Projects For Michigan Mobility Challenge

DETROIT — Pointing to the critical role transportation plays in improving access to services and public life in communities across the state, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the final round of pilot projects to receive funding under the $8 million Michigan Mobility Challenge initiative this week at the North American International Auto Show. The Michigan

By |2019-01-17T11:52:40+00:00January 17th, 2019|Auto Tech, Featured, Politics|