Anna Liz Nichols

Anna Liz Nichols

Anna Liz Nichols covers government and statewide issues, including criminal justice, environmental issues, education and domestic and sexual violence. Anna is a former state government reporter for The Associated Press and most recently was a reporter for the Detroit News. Anna is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Unemployment chief: Pandemic is ‘user testing on steroids’ for state system

By: - May 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown everything wrong with the state’s system for unemployment claims, Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Steve Gray told legislators Wednesday. More than 1.7 million unique unemployment claims have been made during the crisis, he said during the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, a special panel formed to oversee the […]

Whitmer: Restrictions to stop COVID-19’s spread aren’t ‘helpful hints’

By: - May 11, 2020

After several weeks of staying at home, Michiganders are turning the tide on COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said at a media conference on Monday.  She reminded residents and businesses that although they’ve done a great job so far in abiding by the stay-home order and social distancing guidelines, now is not the time to let […]

Nessel tells commission it can ban guns in state Capitol

By: - May 8, 2020

Updated, 6:21 a.m. 5/9/20 Guns can be prohibited from Capitol grounds, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. Following the armed protest in the Capitol last week, Nessel wrote a letter to the Michigan State Capitol Commission, alerting them to its authority to prohibit firearms in the state Capitol. “The Capitol is a place for […]

Black female senators call out Legislature for allowing racism

By: - May 6, 2020

Two Black female state senators on Wednesday blasted armed, right-wing protests at the Capitol and state Sen. Dale Zorn (R-Ida) for wearing a confederate flag mask to the Senate in April. State Sens. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) and Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) have proposed a resolution that would ban Confederate flag imagery from the state Capitol and […]

As promised, Whitmer vetoes GOP bill cutting her emergency powers

By: - May 5, 2020

As she said she would, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a bill that would have limited her power to extend the state of emergency and disaster during the COVID-19 pandemic or in the future. “I will not sign any bills that constrain my ability to protect the people of Michigan from a deadly pandemic in a […]

‘Tyrants Get The Rope’: Small anti-Whitmer protest rocks Capitol, reporter hit by gun

By: - April 30, 2020

Updated, 6:38 p.m. with comments from Chatfield’s spokesman A couple hundred right-wing protestors chanting “Lock her up” and “Heil Whitmer” spilled into the Michigan state Capitol Thursday after holding a rally on the Capitol steps, even though the building is currently closed for tours and events to stop the spread of COVID-19.  While jammed outside […]

Whitmer proposes ‘G.I. Bill’ for frontline workers

By: - April 29, 2020

Frontline workers would be eligible for free college tuition and other benefits under the new “Futures for Frontliners” program. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the initiative Wednesday inspired by the federal government’s educational programs for returning soldiers in World War II. Staff at hospitals and nursing homes, as well as grocery store workers, public safety officers, […]

State plans to reunite foster kids with parents during pandemic

By: - April 29, 2020

State agencies are partnering up to transfer children in foster care to permanent homes due to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 children in the state’s foster care system have been determined to be almost ready to return home to one or both parents. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services […]

Nessel, AGs ask Congress to freeze PPE prices, similar to WWII action

By: - April 27, 2020

As demand for medical equipment skyrockets across the country, Attorney General Dana Nessel and other attorneys general want Congress to freeze prices on medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. With over 37,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, Michigan has faced shortages of life-saving equipment and personal protection equipment (PPE) for medical staff. High demand for equipment has […]

Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Whitmer extends stay-home order, but allows some businesses to open

By: - April 24, 2020

Updated, 6:39 a.m. 4/24/20 As the number of new COVID-19 cases per day in Michigan begins to fall, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the state’s stay-home order to May 15. At the same time, she said certain businesses will be allowed to open and other restrictions will be lifted. “As we’ve seen our numbers begin to […]

Whitmer plans stay-home extension, trying to stave off 2nd COVID-19 wave

By: - April 22, 2020

Some level of a stay-home order will be in place for some time, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a media briefing on Wednesday. She expects to sign a short-term statewide extension after her order expires April 30, but said older residents and individuals with medical conditions should continue to socially distance in case there’s a […]

State has grants for ailing arts and culture groups

By: - April 21, 2020

The state of Michigan is providing $502,400 in grants for eligible nonprofit arts and culture organizations. Due to the negative impacts COVID-19 has had on the economy, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) announced on Monday businesses can apply for up to $5,000 to help cover expenses and pay employees. “The Emergency […]