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|

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|

Social Media Rumor Wrongly Charges Voter Fraud In State

LANSING - An inaccurate claim, apparently started by a Chicago-area conservative author and picked up by a number of Michigan residents on social media, asserted that 60 percent of Michigan counties report more registered voters than residents, a charge easily refuted by looking at voter data and state population data. The claim was initially made

By |2018-11-16T10:18:36+00:00November 16th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Bills To Amend Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Time Introduced For Michigan Lame Duck

LANSING - A pair of bills were introduced in the Senate Thursday that would radically change the initiative petitions adopted in September by the Legislature requiring employers to provide paid sick time to their workers and raise the state's minimum wage, making them more business-friendly according to Republicans and likely to spark a major lame-duck

By |2018-11-09T12:43:21+00:00November 9th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|