State Government

Tlaib, Carter thump auto insurance credit scoring

BY: - April 22, 2019

Detroit resident Dotti Sharp has endured her auto insurance rates shooting up from about $160 a month three years ago to more than $200 a month today. “It keeps rising up,” Sharp said on Monday. “I have no tickets. No accidents. So why does it keep going up?” She joined two of her legislators during […]

AG plans clampdown on ‘payroll fraud’

BY: - April 22, 2019

Updated, 3:58 p.m. and 5:01 p.m. with comments from Charles Owens and legislative Republicans. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Democratic legislators want to crack down on businesses that misclassify workers in an effort to dodge paying payroll taxes, overtime and other benefits. Such practices cost Michigan workers about $429 million in lost wages between […]


Christian group changes tune, will allow same-sex couples to adopt

BY: - April 22, 2019

When the law firm representing St. Vincent Catholic Charities announced last week that it would sue Michigan to prevent the state from forcing religious charities to allow same-sex adoptions, St. Vincent’s former partner in protest, Bethany Christian Services, was conspicuously absent. The reason for that absence came to light just a few days later, as […]

A statue on MSU's campus adorned with a teal ribbon

MSU board says it can’t force Engler to talk with AG

BY: - April 19, 2019

The chair of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees told the Advance this week that the university cannot compel former interim President John Engler to sit for an interview with Attorney General Dana Nessel, contradicting a recent claim from the latter. The attorney general’s office is continuing an investigation into the university’s handling of the […]

DEQ: New lead regulations will likely uncover more impacted communities

BY: - April 18, 2019

As multiple lawsuits stemming from the Flint water crisis drag on, Michigan may soon find that other cities have lead levels higher than allowed by state regulations. Top Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) officials told a panel of lawmakers Thursday that the state’s 2018 update to the Lead and Copper Rule, adopted under former Gov. […]

Gov. Whitmer at LCC

Bipartisan lawmakers sponsor Whitmer scholarship, skills training programs

BY: - April 18, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared alongside more than a dozen representatives of business, labor, and education organizations, as well as legislators from both parties, at Lansing Community College on Thursday to voice their support for legislation aimed at bolstering the state’s workforce. Senate Bills 267 and 268, along with their corresponding House Bills 4464 and 4456, […]

Whitmer, bipartisan officials, launch criminal justice reform taskforce

BY: - April 17, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing a new taskforce aimed at taking a comprehensive look at criminal justice reform initiatives in Michigan. The Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, which plans to first meet in the summer and conduct its research over the rest of the year, is being […]

Enviros urge Whitmer to halt oil tunnel plan, as GOP lauds talks

BY: - April 17, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been in talks with Enbridge officials and is still not ruling out the Canadian energy company’s plan to bury a new oil pipeline beneath Mackinac Straits bedrock, the Detroit News reported. In response, environmentalist lobbying groups in Michigan are steering clear of criticizing the Democratic governor over the issue, but argue […]


Column: Michigan needs a ‘rural ombudsman’

BY: and - April 17, 2019

Michigan’s official state motto is: “Si Quæris Peninsulam Amœnam Circumspice,” or, “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.” Michigan is a large state composed of great and struggling cities, sprawling suburbs and our often-forgotten rural communities. We are asking our new governor, Gretchen Whitmer, who visited all 83 counties during her campaign, to […]

Christine Greig

Greig: Oakland County is the heart of Dems’ 2020 campaign

BY: - April 17, 2019

As the 2020 election cycle heats up in Michigan, state House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) stands confident that Democrats will win back control of the state’s lower chamber next year. At the same time, Greig says that the bipartisan goodwill espoused so far this term by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her Republican legislative […]

Whitmer signs bill meant to ‘streamline’ pot biz applications

BY: - April 16, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Tuesday that her office says “clarifies and streamlines the licensing process” for medical marijuana and hemp growers. Whitmer signed Senate Bill 203, which defines an applicant for a medical marijuana or hemp business as someone with a stake of greater than 10 percent in a company. It also requires them […]

Whitmer backs consent training in sex ed classes

BY: - April 16, 2019

Updated with a clarification from Hertel, 8:46 p.m. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is heralding state Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr.’s latest attempt to include consent training in Michigan public schools’ sex education classes. The governor said in a statement Tuesday that reducing the number of sexual assaults “starts with teaching our kids about consent,” and pointed to […]