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Julia Forrest

Julia Forrest

Julia Forrest is a contributor to the Michigan Advance. She has been covering Michigan and national politics for two years at the Michigan Daily and OpenSecrets. She studies public policy at the University of Michigan.

Whitmer calls bipartisan federal infrastructure deal a ‘game-changer’ for Michigan 

By: and - August 11, 2021

The Senate on Tuesday passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that will help to restore the nation’s bridges and roads, expand broadband initiatives, and fund projects to help battle against climate change. Roughly $20 billion of the funding will go to Michigan, with about $8 billion for roads and bridges.   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said during […]

As college students return to campus, some fear being sent back online amid rising COVID-19 cases

By: - August 10, 2021

As colleges begin to welcome students back to campus this fall, a recent surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant has triggered several Michigan universities to establish COVID-19 vaccine requirements.  And many students are concerned the pandemic will continue to bring big changes in the upcoming school year. “[A] fear that […]

Mich. senators tout bipartisan infrastructure bill for big boosts to Great Lakes, roads, broadband

By: - August 9, 2021

As the Senate gears up to pass a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, Michigan’s senators say it would be a big shot in the arm for Great Lakes restoration efforts, broadband access, roads, bridges, highways and electric vehicle expansion.  The legislation, which the Senate is expected to vote on this week, also comes as the […]

Dems back AG probe into election conspiracists, again push for bipartisan 1/6 panel

By: - August 5, 2021

Seven months after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to overturn the 2020 election, Michigan Democrats are supporting new efforts by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office to hold those spreading false claims of election fraud accountable, while still advocating for a bipartisan committee to investigate Michigan’s ties to the insurrection. “We need to restore […]

Study: Utility shutoffs help drive evictions in Michigan

By: - August 3, 2021

Updated, 3:31 p.m., 8/3/21 As a national moratorium expired Saturday that will likely trigger a massive wave of evictions, a new report shows that utility shutoffs are a big reason renters in Michigan face evictions and subsequent homelessness. The Lansing-based Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) study outlines policy recommendations for how lawmakers should deal […]

Michigan’s largest universities announce COVID-19 vaccine requirements

By: - July 30, 2021

The University of Michigan and Michigan State University announced Friday that they both will require all students, staff, faculty to receive the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the fall 2021 semester. The new requirements come as the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 has spread amongst the unvaccinated and even to some who have been immunized. […]

Whitmer signs $385M spending bill for flood relief, hospitals

By: - July 26, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Monday a $384.7 million spending bill that includes mostly federal funds for hospital costs related to COVID-19, child development and care program providers, disaster relief and public safety efforts and prisoners who were wrongfully imprisoned.  Whitmer signed the bipartisan Senate Bill 27, a supplemental spending bill for the current […]

Michigan college campuses will be welcoming students back soon. But most haven’t been vaccinated.

By: - July 23, 2021

As college campuses across Michigan are less than a month away from opening up to students for the fall semester, the state reports only 39.8% of residents 20 to 29 years old have been inoculated with at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Those aged 16 to 19 have a slightly higher rate of […]

With redistricting as an X factor, Republicans set their sights on Kildee in 2022

By: - July 20, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) has just had his best fundraising haul since he was first elected in 2012, raking in over $420,000 in the second quarter alone.  In total, Kildee — who represents the 5th Congressional District spanning Arenac, Bay, Genesee, and Iosco counties, as well as parts […]

Community leaders launch coalition to fight PFAS contamination

By: - July 16, 2021

The Great Lakes PFAS Action Network, a group of community members impacted by the toxic chemical PFAS, are unifying to promote action on PFAS contamination.  The Thursday press conference was led by community members who provided government officials and polluters with best practices to deal with PFAS. The community leaders also presented the coalition’s vision […]

1st winners of $50K Michigan vaccination drawing announced 

By: - July 14, 2021

The first round of winners for the daily $50,000 “MI Shot To Win” sweepstakes prize were announced Wednesday by University of Michigan Softball Coach Carol Hutchins and Protect Michigan Commission Director Kerry Ebersole Singh. The virtual event was opened and closed with remarks from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The contest began July 1 and will continue […]

As SE Michigan rebuilds after flooding, how can the state better prepare for future disasters? 

By: - July 14, 2021

As officials in Michigan are calling for more water infrastructure funding after June flooding ravaged through Southeast Michigan, the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has released a report outlining policy recommendations to improve how states prepare for and handle natural disasters. State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Rep. Abraham Aiyash (D-Hamtramck) held a […]