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Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).

Whitmer taps engineering executive and Snyder adviser-turned-attorney for Line 5 panel

By: - February 3, 2023

With a three-member state panel down to just one member in the new year after the others’ terms expired, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed two new members to the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority that oversees the proposed Line 5 replacement project. Environmentalists critical of the panel’s existence writ large signaled that they are dissatisfied with […]

Whitmer signs bill bumping up presidential primary date

By: - February 1, 2023

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill 13 into law Wednesday, teeing up Michigan to have earlier presidential primary elections potentially starting in 2024. It was the second bill Whitmer has signed this week, marking a historically early start to the new legislative session. “As a diverse, dynamic, optimistic state where we are building the future, […]

Bill moving up Michigan’s presidential primary heads to Whitmer’s desk, but hurdles remain

By: - February 1, 2023

A bill that would put Michigan fifth in line for the Democratic presidential primary has cleared both legislative chambers and now heads to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has voiced support for the legislation. Senate Bill 13 was first adopted in the Senate last week, followed by passage in the House on Tuesday. Upon becoming law, […]

Whitmer signs $1.1B funding for housing, small biz, jobs in earliest new session signing since 1947

By: - January 31, 2023

Democratic leaders joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist in Lansing Tuesday morning for the signing of a $1.1 billion supplemental appropriations bill — the earliest a bill has been signed into law in a new session since 1947. Sponsored by Senate Appropriations Chair Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), Senate Bill 7 provides a funding […]

Nessel reaches $3.2M settlement in first PFAS case

By: - January 30, 2023

The first settlement has been reached in Attorney General Dana Nessel’s ongoing legal fight against companies that have released toxic “forever chemicals” across Michigan, amounting to more than $3.2 million plus future costs incurred by cleanup efforts. Nessel filed an October 2020 lawsuit in circuit court alleging that Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, a plastic […]

More than 322K Michiganders are enrolled in the ACA for this year

By: - January 30, 2023

A record number of Michiganders enrolled into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2023, with state leaders on Thursday praising new federal policies that are set to lower health care premiums. Nearly 322,300 Michigan residents purchased a plan during the most recent enrollment period. Due to the Inflation Reduction Act, provisions that take effect this […]

Updated: House, Senate pass bills to boost Earned Income Tax Credit, repeal pension tax

By: - January 26, 2023

Updated, 11:46 a.m., 1/27/23 The Democratic-controlled Michigan Senate on Thursday approved measures to boost the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and repeal Michigan’s so-called pension tax, bringing both longtime Democratic priorities one step closer to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk. Both pieces of legislation were met with Republican pushback but received some GOP votes on […]

Michigan Senate passes bill moving up 2024 presidential primary to Feb. 27 over GOP outcry

By: - January 26, 2023

Democrats are moving forward quickly on a measure that would move up the 2024 presidential primary, with Republicans claiming it would hurt voters. Senate Bill 13 would establish Feb. 27, 2024, as the next primary date — changing the state’s presidential primary date to the fourth Tuesday in February rather than the second Tuesday in […]

GOP minority holds up budget bill, forcing Democrat to come in for the vote after his baby was born

By: - January 25, 2023

Final negotiations on a supplemental budget bill have been teed up, but there was no shortage of drama with the first big piece of legislation taken up by the new Democratic-led Legislature. A new Democratic lawmaker, who also became a new dad Tuesday morning with the birth of his first child, was forced to drive […]

Sault Tribe to appeal $88M state lawsuit on failed casino deal

By: - January 17, 2023

Updated, 9:35 p.m., 1/17/23 with additional comments The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will appeal a recent casino-related court decision that could cost them $88 million, the tribe announced Monday. A Jan. 3 ruling by Ingham County Judge Joyce Draganchuk would award the large sum to two Michigan development companies that had partnered […]

State has huge $9.2B surplus to help navigate a likely economic downturn

By: - January 13, 2023

Michigan’s fiscal experts came together Friday for the year’s first Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC), where top officials from the Treasury Department and the nonpartisan House and Senate fiscal agencies presented revised economic and revenue forecasts for Michigan. The top takeaways: Michigan continues to recover well financially from the COVID-19 pandemic, but a mild recession […]

Harris joins Granholm, Dingell, Stabenow to champion climate change solutions in Ann Arbor

By: - January 12, 2023

“Our responsibility now … is to continue with this moment and lead, not wasting a minute, because we don’t have a minute to spare,” Vice President Kamala Harris told a large audience Thursday in University of Michigan’s Rackham Auditorium. Harris flew out to Ann Arbor to keynote the politician-studded event on climate change and social […]