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Pro-pot advocates: Whitmer’s new marijuana board a ‘game-changer’

BY: - March 1, 2019

In a move that cannabis advocates call a “game-changer,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used her executive authority on Friday to create a new regulatory agency overseeing Michigan’s budding marijuana industry. Whitmer signed her seventh executive order, which will create the Marijuana Regulatory Agency housed within the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). It will […]

COMMENTARY

Gilda Z. Jacobs: Bipartisan balance needed in Michigan’s budget

BY: - March 1, 2019

The Michigan League for Public Policy has been working on our annual report for 2018, and in looking back on our highlights from last year, a clear pattern has emerged. In addition to a lot of defensive battles, with varying degrees of success, our biggest policy “wins” for the people of Michigan each year are […]

Stabenow wants companies to lower drug prices

BY: - February 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) was among the lawmakers who grilled pharmaceutical executives Tuesday on the soaring costs of prescription drugs. In a packed hearing room on Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans alike criticized the leaders of seven major companies — Pfizer, Merck, AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi — […]

African-Americans want Whitmer to tackle jobs, health care before roads

BY: - February 25, 2019

Michigan African-Americans support Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but they want her to address job creation and health care before fixing infrastructure. That’s according to a new statewide survey commissioned by the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus. The poll captures their responses to several questions including how to rate Whitmer’s first 30 days in office; how much she’ll […]

Whitmer takes on Trump over eliminating Planned Parenthood funding

BY: - February 24, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will fight back against the President Donald Trump administration’s new rule banning Planned Parenthood and other groups from a $286 million federal family planning program. “Along with other newly elected governors, I will explore all options to block these changes,” said Whitmer, a Democrat who supports reproductive rights. The money for […]

AG seeks to settle Flint civil cases, taps Worthy for criminal case

BY: - February 21, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel will stay out of the ongoing criminal prosecution cases against current and former state and local officials related to the Flint water crisis, she said Thursday. She held a wide-reaching press conference in Lansing that also touched on that ongoing criminal probe and two separate investigations related to sexual abuse from […]

Demonstrators in Flint, MI in 2016

Kildee: What Whitmer gets about Flint that Snyder didn’t

BY: - February 19, 2019

The Flint water crisis exploded as a national story more than three years ago. But while much of the nation has moved on, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, who represents the city, says he isn’t just fighting to bring Flint back to where it was before the health and environmental catastrophe. “We can’t just get Flint […]

Health chief will follow Medicaid work rules, won’t pursue single-payer

BY: - February 18, 2019

Robert Gordon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s pick to head the sprawling Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is concerned that tens or hundreds of thousands of people could lose coverage under a new Medicaid work requirement law. That’s something that Whitmer raised in her State of the State address last week. Despite those concerns, however, […]

COMMENTARY

Alex Rossman: My view from the ICU: Everyone deserves quality health care

BY: - February 17, 2019

I’m writing this from a hospital room in the pediatric intensive care unit. One of my sweet little nine-month-old daughters (yes, twins!) is dealing with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and is sleeping a few feet away with a feeding tube down her throat and artificial oxygen being steadily pumped into her nose. She looks a […]

Stabenow touts Medicare buy-in plan, says Peters is a ‘progressive’ senator

BY: - February 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow thinks there’s still plenty of room to find bipartisan compromise in Congress, despite the near-constant political warfare on Capitol Hill. The Lansing Democrat just kicked off her 19th year in the Senate, where she’s the top Democrat on the agriculture committee and the chair of the Senate Democratic Policy […]

COMMENTARY

Tom Watkins: We must end mental health stigma to stop suicide

BY: - February 15, 2019

The news hit me hard. There was another apparent suicide and my heart sank. I did not know Travis Weber well; in fact, I believe I only met him once briefly. That did not stop the tears from flowing when I heard the news. Travis Weber served as former Gov. Rick Snyder’s legal counsel and […]

Jacobs: Gov. right to spotlight state worker morale, Medicaid work rules

BY: - February 13, 2019

Gilda Jacobs has watched her share of State of the State addresses, having spent a total of 12 years in both chambers of the Legislature. The now president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy wrote a column for the Advance last month about serving alongside Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in both the House […]