State Budget + Taxes

Whitmer signs general budget, vetoes anti-abortion items

BY: - July 20, 2022

With a stroke of her pen Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the rest of the state’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget and vetoed line items that directed money to anti-abortion pregnancy resource centers.  The $76 billion budget, which has garnered bipartisan support, focuses on investments in the economy, Michigan’s workforce, public health, and public safety.   […]

Whitmer vetoes anti-abortion, stem-cell restriction measures in education budget

BY: - July 18, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a number of line items Thursday in the state education budget that tied higher education funding to anti-abortion pregnancy resource centers and research grants that prohibit funding for embryonic stem-cell research.  The line items struck from the state’s $22.2 billion education budget include nearly $1 million for “pregnant and parenting student […]

GOP gov. candidates slam Dixon for ‘playing both sides’ during debate as Aug. 2 primary nears

BY: and - July 15, 2022

Four of the five GOP candidates vying to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November faced off for another debate Friday morning, this time in the WKAR-TV studio in East Lansing just weeks before the Aug. 2 primary. Far-right activist Ryan Kelley, businessman Kevin Rinke, the Rev. Ralph Rebandt and chiropractor Garrett Soldano all fielded […]

Whitmer signs record $20B education budget

BY: - July 14, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Flint’s Mott Community College on Thursday to sign a $19.6 billion education budget to address student resources, school safety, school infrastructure, teacher retention and more. The state’s K-12 budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23 is the largest education budget in Michigan history, with a historic investment of $9,150 per student. […]

What is (and isn’t) in the state’s biggest K-12 budget yet?

BY: - July 13, 2022

Education advocates across the state applauded the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 School Aid budget after it passed through the Legislature earlier this month, focusing on the increase of per-pupil funding, investment in safety and mental health and extra funds to attract new teachers.  However, some believe the budget doesn’t offer enough to encourage teachers and […]

GOP gubernatorial candidates embrace election conspiracies, reject gun reform in debate

BY: - July 7, 2022

Four of the candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Michigan governor took the stage Wednesday night in Grand Rapids in a debate aired statewide. While right-wing commentator Tudor Dixon, far-right activist Ryan Kelley, businessman Kevin Rinke and chiropractor Garrett Soldano shared ideological ground on issues such as abortion, gun control and the validity of the […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: A big tax cut this election year comes with big tradeoffs for Michigan

BY: - July 6, 2022

High gas prices, bulging state coffers and election-year politics are likely to accelerate efforts by both political parties to cut state taxes.  While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature haven’t agreed on tax cuts, they did strike a deal last week on a $76 billion state budget, and there is $7 billion in unallocated cash […]

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 […]

Senate passes bill spending federal COVID funds on mental health, hospitals

BY: - June 15, 2022

The Michigan Senate nearly unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would make appropriations of $566 million to improve hospital infrastructure and invest in behavioral and mental health across the state.  Most of the funding in Senate Bill 714, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), would come from the state’s COVID-19 relief funding.  The […]

New: Whitmer says banning abortion could have ‘incredible economic impact’ in Michigan

BY: - June 14, 2022

Following a draft decision from the U.S. Supreme Court leaked last month that showed the right-wing-majority court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that enshrined the right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she is among many Michiganders anxiously awaiting the final decision that could come any […]

Whitmer vetoes latest GOP tax-cut plan, says it violates the Constitution

BY: - June 13, 2022

Saying it was constitutionally “invalid and unenforceable,” Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have lowered Michigan’s personal income tax from 4.25% to 4%. House Bill 4568, introduced by Rep. Matt Hall (R-Marshall), was one half of a Republican-sponsored $2.5 billion tax cut plan called the “MI Family Inflation Relief” […]

GOP gov. candidates infuse debate with conspiracies about Whitmer, voting and COVID

BY: - June 3, 2022

Four of the five remaining GOP candidates for governor squared off for a debate Thursday on Mackinac Island, with the discussion running the gamut from banning abortion to mass shootings, and from election fraud claims to slashing state spending. Since the GOP gubernatorial candidates are unvaccinated against COVID-19, the event was held in an outdoor […]