Hackel hasn’t endorsed fellow Democrat Whitmer, says they ‘are having conversations’

BY: - July 28, 2022

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said on Thursday that he voted early but did not reveal who he voted for in the Tuesday gubernatorial primary election. He also said that has not endorsed Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer but that the two are “having conversations.”  “I know that I voted for Mark Hackel for county executive,” […]

Whitmer, Republicans strike deal on $76B budget with hikes for schools, roads, more

BY: - July 1, 2022

After spending 18 hours in session starting Thursday, the Legislature passed a $76 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2023 early Friday morning, meeting its July 1 deadline.  Some of the big winners in the largest budget in history, which has an 8% increase from the FY 2022 $70 billion budget, include K-12 public education, retired […]

Passenger and freight rail projects in 32 states get millions from U.S. DOT

BY: - June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. government is doling out millions of dollars to railroad projects throughout the country in hopes of improving supply chains and passenger rail service. The announcement by the Biden administration of $368 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements will go to more than 46 projects designed to improve safety and […]

Buttigieg says investing in transportation could be the answer to lower inflation

BY: - June 1, 2022

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joined the state’s leading legislators, lobbyists and business leaders at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference Wednesday to discuss the nation’s high inflation rates and supply shortages. The former South Bend, Ind., mayor pointed to expanding rail infrastructure to help meet these needs. “Supply chain problems have been building in this […]

Biden administration vows to speed up environmental permits needed for infrastructure projects

BY: - May 11, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration will seek to hasten construction of roads, bridges, wind farms and more by tweaking the federal review process for environmental and other permits, administration officials said Tuesday. On a press call, administration officials said they were seeking to make permitting easier without sacrificing environmental standards. The new permitting plan includes five […]

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Rick Haglund: Threats to Michigan’s auto industry aren’t just coming from the South

BY: - May 6, 2022

Stunned by Ford Motor Co.’s decision to invest $11.4 billion in electric vehicle assembly and battery plants in Tennessee and Kentucky, Michigan in December created a $1 billion fund to lure new electric vehicle operations to Michigan. An even bigger concern voiced by policymakers and local economic developers was that aggressive southern states were going […]

Whitmer signs $4.8B infrastructure deal, highlights parks funding

BY: - March 30, 2022

Following the GOP-led Legislature’s adoption last week of a massive, nearly $5 billion supplemental infrastructure plan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sealed the deal Wednesday by signing the two-bill package in downtown Grand Rapids. The “Building Michigan Together Plan,” composed of Senate Bill 565 and House Bill 5525, puts forward some of the largest infrastructure investments in […]

Gilchrist to meet with White House officials Wednesday for infrastructure talks

BY: - March 29, 2022

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist is set to visit Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, where he will meet with White House officials about infrastructure priorities in Michigan. According to a press release, Gilchrist will sit down with Mitch Landrieu, senior advisor to President Joe Biden and infrastructure coordinator, along with other senior White House infrastructure officials. The […]

Lawmakers pass massive $4.8B plan for water, infrastructure and more

BY: - March 24, 2022

A deal reached between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan’s GOP-led Legislature culminated in almost $5 billion in spending being passed Thursday to shore up infrastructure, drinking water quality, transportation, housing and more. The main supplemental spending bill, Senate Bill 565, was introduced by state Rep. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo) and largely uses leftover state and […]

Whitmer admin looks to revamp ‘outdated’ I-375 freeway in historic Detroit neighborhood

BY: - March 19, 2022

As a young child, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist practiced jump shots and worked on skills to improve his tennis serve-and-volley at the Coleman A. Young Recreation Center in Elmwood Park on Detroit’s lower eastside.  “I also learned how to subtract large numbers riding my bike with my dad through Elmwood Cemetery,” he joyfully recalled during […]

Biden urges city leaders to take advantage of billions in federal relief funds

BY: - March 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday urged local and city governments to continue to use the $130 billion in funds allocated to them from the American Rescue Plan to help during the pandemic. The president of the National League of Cities, Vince Williams of Union City, Georgia, introduced the president to attendees of the […]

House votes to suspend state gas tax, Dems warn Michigan roads won’t get fixed

BY: - March 10, 2022

The Michigan House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to pass a bill suspending the state’s motor fuel tax until Sept. 30 in an effort to combat skyrocketing gas prices amid inflation and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.   The bill, House Bill 5570, introduced by state Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), would put a halt on the […]