Politics + Gov

Detroit to get $30M skills trade training center

BY: - March 5, 2019

The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights (MRCCM) and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced on Monday plans to build a new 120,000 square foot training center on Detroit’s west side. The $30 million facility will consolidate all its administrative and training operations in Southeast Michigan under one roof. The site is the old Tappan […]

On this day in 1968: Young becomes Senate Dems’ first Black floor leader

BY: - March 5, 2019

Michigan Senate Democrats on March 5, 1968, selected Coleman A. Young of Detroit as their floor leader. The 49-year-old Young replaced Sandy Levin, who was voted in January chair of the Democratic State Central Committee in January, the Lansing State Journal reported. Levin would eventually serve as Sente minority leader. Young was the first African-American […]

Michigan 2020 budget cheat sheet: What to know before Whitmer’s presentation

BY: and - March 5, 2019

Before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer embarked on the Hamtramck Paczki Run on Saturday, she took a minute to address her next big challenge: presenting her first budget on Tuesday. “I will be introducing it and I will have my budget director [Chris Kolb] with me,” she told the Advance. “He’ll do part of it and I’ll […]

How past Michigan governors handled budget fights — and what to expect from Whitmer

BY: and - March 5, 2019

For former Gov. Rick Snyder, who ran as a self-described nerd, budget presentations were like Christmas morning. Unlike other governors, the Republican personally presented all eight of his budgets. Gov. Jennifer Granholm, his predecessor, delivered her first and last budgets, but typically budget directors have been tasked with that duty. “I think that for [Snyder] […]

Progress Michigan wants FOIA reform loopholes plugged

BY: - March 5, 2019

Legislation opening the governor’s office and the Legislature to public records requests has some major transparency flaws, Progress Michigan said on Monday. House Bills 4007–4016 would open Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The package also creates a new Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) overseeing information requests to the Legislature. […]

Kildee: Trump could be impeached for crimes unrelated to Russia

BY: - March 5, 2019

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) was asked on MSNBC Monday evening about conservative commentators insisting that majority U.S. House Democrats are planning to impeach President Donald Trump. Kildee said that’s not true, and seemed to allude to his Michigan colleague, freshman U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), who said in January, “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!” […]

Whitmer’s roads plan fueled by 45-cent gas tax hike over 1 year

BY: - March 4, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s long-awaited plan to “fix the damn roads” revolves around raising the state’s gas tax by 45 cents in three increments. That will result in about $2.5 billion in new annual revenue for Michigan’s beleaguered infrastructure.   The plan — the most anticipated part of Whitmer’s first budget to be presented on Tuesday […]

Report: School funding and clean water top Michiganders’ concerns

BY: - March 4, 2019

Ryan Jackson will be watching what Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposes in her first budget on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Detroit resident says that Michigan’s crumbling roads are a big problem for her. “I travel to work every day and that is a pain,” she told the Advance. “It’s always the anxiety of: Am I going to […]

Unions cheer Whitmer’s proposed school funding boost  

BY: - March 4, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to increase education funding in the fiscal year 2020 budget makes for a “strong initial step,” education unions said today. A memo obtained by the Advance that outlines her education proposal ahead of her Tuesday budget presentation shows the Democratic governor will seek to increase education funding in Michigan by $507 […]

Amash and Trump

Amash again torches Trump on emergency powers, flirts with 2020 run

BY: - March 4, 2019

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.) continues to blast President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration, while also saying he won’t rule out challenging him in 2020 because of it. Speaking with CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday morning, Amash — who has been critical of Trump declaring a federal emergency to bypass Congress and […]

On this day in 1926: Billionaire Richard DeVos Sr. born

BY: - March 4, 2019

Richard DeVos Sr. was on born on March 4, 1926, in Grand Rapids. DeVos attended Calvin College and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps. DeVos became a billionaire businessman, co-founder of Amway with Jay Van Andel and owner of the […]

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Susan J. Demas: Open the Legislature and governor up to FOIA because we’re #DoneWaiting

BY: - March 4, 2019

If you’d like to find out what key politicians are really up to in Michigan, good luck. Our campaign finance laws are a joke. And Michigan ranks dead last for government transparency and accountability, according to the Center for Public Integrity.   We’re also one of only two states in the country to shield both […]