Study: Most Of Michigan Faces Unaffordable Insurance Rates

LANSING - Though insurance rates in Detroit have long been a target of reform proponents, nearly the entire state faces rates deemed unaffordable under federal standards, a report from the University of Michigan Poverty Solutions said. The U.S. Department of Treasury Insurance Office says insurance rates of more than 2 percent of median annual income for a

By |2019-03-24T19:24:29+00:00March 24th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

Nessel Pulls State From Lawsuit On Obama-Era Water Rule

LANSING - Michigan will no longer be one of the plaintiffs challenging a rule initiated during the administration of President Barack Obama regarding the regulation of bodies of water in the United States after Attorney General Dana Nessel pulled the state from the litigation. The import of the case has diminished now that the U.S. Environmental Protection

By |2019-03-16T14:57:51+00:00March 16th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

Democrat Presidential Contender Booker Introduces Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use Nationwide

WASHINGTON DC - Democrat Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Cory Booker introduced a bill on Thursday to legalize marijuana nationwide. Co-sponsors of the bill, known as the Marijuana Justice Act, include fellow 2020 Democratic contenders Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Booker

By |2019-03-01T14:02:21+00:00March 1st, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

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|

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|