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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.

GOP Legislature introduces budget supplementals, Whitmer says she wants to negotiate

By: - October 8, 2019

The Republican-led Legislature on Tuesday moved to possibly restore roughly one-third of the almost $1 billion in vetoes handed down last week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  GOP state Senators introduced 23 supplemental spending bills for Fiscal Year 2020 and the House introduced 24 bills. Each totaled about $257 million.  The bills would restore funding for […]

State reports first death linked to vaping

By: - October 4, 2019

Updated, 6:21 a.m., 10/8/19 with the correct figures for national vaping-related deaths Michigan has its first death related to vaping, according to the state.  The state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced the death on Friday afternoon in a statement. The department released few details, only saying that it was notified of the […]

Michigan secures $2.6M from opioid settlement

By: - October 4, 2019

Michigan will receive about $2.6 million as part of a multi-state settlement pertaining to the opioid Suboxone.  That’s according to a statement released Friday morning by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. The 32-state settlement resolves multiple allegations that manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser Group improperly sold and marketed the drug, which was designed to treat dependence on […]

Lawsuit filed challenging parts of new auto insurance reform

By: - October 3, 2019

Attorneys representing two auto crash victims and their guardians have sued to declare core elements of Michigan’s new insurance law “unconstitutional.”   The 18-count lawsuit, filed in Ingham County Circuit Court, names two insurance companies as defendants and seeks to strike down two key provisions of the law which passed quickly through the state Legislature in […]

State board OKs $625M in spending transfers, Whitmer invites GOP leaders to budget meeting Thursday

By: - October 1, 2019

Just hours after cutting almost $1 billion from the GOP-led $59 billion Fiscal Year 2020 budget, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took the rare step of using administrative power to transfer funds within state departments.  In a small, packed conference room on Tuesday morning, Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and key allies like Attorney General Dana Nessel […]

Whitmer vetoes almost $1B in GOP ‘pork barrel’ spending in budget

By: - September 30, 2019

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed 16 GOP-led budget bills, averting a partial government shutdown, but also handed down $947 million worth of line-item vetoes. Whitmer issued 147 line-item vetoes in Fiscal Year 2020 budgets, the governor’s office said Monday night. That includes $375 million in one-time, General Fund infrastructure spending and $128 million […]

State court denies restraining order in flavored vape ban

By: - September 30, 2019

A state court has denied an Upper Peninsula vape shop owner’s request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) ahead of a statewide ban going into effect on flavored vaping products. The state Court of Claims on Monday afternoon denied the request by Mark Slis, who owns 906 Vapor in Houghton. The ban, proposed by Gov. […]

State employees told there will be no government shutdown

By: - September 27, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has informed roughly 48,000 state employees that there will be no state government shutdown next week and all staff should report to work as planned.  Whitmer received all 16 Legislature-passed budgets earlier by Friday and will now work through the weekend to ensure the budgets are in place by Tuesday when […]

Judge strikes down key provisions of ballot petition law

By: - September 27, 2019

Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens has struck down key parts of a GOP law that put restrictions on citizen-led ballot initiatives.  Specifically, Stephens’ order in League of Women Voters of Michigan v. Jocelyn Benson on Friday struck a key part of the law passed last year that stipulates that no more than 15% […]

Tax break for former Michigan Senate building brings deal ‘full circle’

By: - September 26, 2019

A brownfield tax credit granted this week for the redevelopment of a former state office building seemingly caps a strange multi-year saga spurred on, in part, by lawmakers reportedly wanting a better view.  The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) board on Tuesday granted a $2.8 million brownfield tax credit to an entity affiliated with Boji Group, […]

Corrected: AG opinion on ballot initiative law stands for now*

By: - September 26, 2019

Updated and corrected on 9/27/19 to accurately reflect the stipulated order.  Judge Cynthia Stephens with the state Court of Claims on Wednesday evening signed a stipulated order in League of Women Voters of Michigan v. Benson.* The order agreed to by attorneys for both parties said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will continue to administer […]

Lawsuit filed to block Whitmer flavored e-cigarette ban

By: - September 25, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ban on flavored vaping products is being challenged in Houghton County Circuit Court.  Plaintiff Marc Slis, who owns 906 Vapor in Houghton and testified before a state House committee earlier this month, says Whitmer’s first-in-the-nation ban on flavored vaping products will cause significant harm to his business. Slis and his attorneys have […]