State Government

Dem introduces legislation to protect public health officials from threats, assaults

BY: - December 8, 2021

State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) introduced legislation Wednesday that aims to protect public health workers amid the barrage of death threats and other violence they’ve faced over COVID-19 health mandates. Senate Bills 781 and 782 would increase penalties for anyone who assaults, or threatens to assault, a public health official. The legislation mirrors an […]

Republicans hold hearing slamming National Guard COVID vaccine mandate

BY: - December 8, 2021

Around 20 anonymous letters from supposed Michigan National Guard members kicked off a joint legislative committee hearing in Lansing Tuesday evening, with discussion mostly centered around alleged “coercion” in the ranks to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, along with some confusion about emails and vaccine names. Leading the joint hearing were state Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville), […]

Michigan House GOP introduces plan for COVID testing, health care workers 

BY: - December 8, 2021

Michigan House Republicans on Wednesday morning introduced a $1.2 billion plan using federal funds for COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment, health care employees and COVID-19 testing.  House Appropriations Chair Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) said in a press release that the plan will help to address some of the state’s largest issues when it comes to COVID-19 testing […]

Nessel ‘disappointed’ Oxford school officials rejected her independent review offer

BY: - December 7, 2021

Oxford school officials rejected Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s offer to review last week’s shooting that killed four students and injured seven other people, she announced late Monday. Nessel made the offer Sunday, saying her department was the “perfect agency” to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting at Oxford High School. The idea was to […]

Whitmer: State of Michigan has ‘concerns’ over federal COVID vax mandate, awaiting court action

BY: - December 7, 2021

Updated, 1:17 pm., 12/7/21, with comments from Whitmer’s office In a meeting with business owners in Howard City Monday afternoon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer criticized President Joe Biden’s federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which the 5th U.S. Circuit Appeals Court has blocked for now. Howard City is located north of Grand Rapids in Montcalm County, which went […]

What’s next for the Line 5 court battles?

BY: - December 7, 2021

Since mid-2019, Canadian pipeline company Enbridge and the state of Michigan have been locked in numerous court disputes about the fate of the controversial Line 5 pipeline that has transported oil under the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac since 1953. Until last week, the first and primary legal battle had been on pause since January, […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Here’s a proven, immigrant-inclusive policy so more kids have health insurance

BY: - December 7, 2021

Michigan continues to be a national leader in the percentage of kids with health insurance.  The most recent Kids Count data found that 97% of kids are insured in the state compared to 94% nationally. This is due in large part to policy decisions that expand eligibility and improve health care access and affordability, especially […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Republican Kevin Rinke’s hot rod gubernatorial campaign may not have the juice

BY: - December 5, 2021

Kevin Rinke has grabbed my attention like none of the other 11 Republican candidates seeking the governor’s office next year. It’s not because of his qualifications, which I have not been able to discern. And it’s not because of his policy positions, which are pretty much the same culture-war talking points and manufactured issues his […]

Michigan House passes $369M bill for police, school resource officers

BY: - December 3, 2021

The Michigan House passed a bill Thursday spending over $300 million in state General Fund and federal stimulus money for public safety. House Bill 5522, introduced by state Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Linden), will dedicate $368.5 million towards hiring initiatives, police mental health resources, body cameras, community policing programs, school resource officers, bonuses to potential officers […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: Public money should go to public schools

BY: - December 3, 2021

For decades, the DeVos family and their ilk have crusaded to undermine public schools and funnel money into private schools, and unfortunately, they’re back at it again.  This latest push to defund public schools began in the Legislature, where Republican lawmakers passed bills that would create tax credits for “scholarship funds” that could be used […]

Nessel interview: GOP is in the ‘extreme minority’ on gun laws, abortion bans

BY: - December 3, 2021

The fate of Roe v. Wade has never hung more precariously in the balance as the 6-3 conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments Wednesday over a Mississippi abortion law that may spell the end of Roe v. Wade. Just one day before, a 15-year-old at Oakland County’s Oxford High School allegedly opened fire, […]

After Oxford shooting, Dems call on GOP colleagues to act on gun violence legislation

BY: - December 2, 2021

State Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills) can’t stop hurting. In the wake of Tuesday’s shooting at Oxford High School in Southeast Michigan that killed four students and wounded seven others, Bayer, whose district includes Oxford, has spoken to countless of her constituents who are now wading through a sea of grief and trauma.  One constituent, […]