Senate unanimously passes $4.4 billion in federal funds for K-12 schools

BY: - June 15, 2021

Through a unanimous vote Tuesday, the state Senate passed more than $4 billion in federal COVID-19 relief aid to Michigan’s K-12 schools. The passage of these federal dollars didn’t come easy after months of no negotiations between the GOP-led Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, with previous education funding proposals being tie-barred to bills that would […]


Rick Haglund: Absence of viable regional transportation continues to hurt SE Michigan

BY: - June 10, 2021

I recently traveled to an appointment in Dearborn, about 20 miles from my home in Oakland County. Good thing I own a car.  The trip took about 30 minutes. But traveling to my destination and back home by bus would have required a mile-long walk to the nearest bus stop, multiple bus transfers and gobbled […]

Earmarks list for states in U.S. House infrastructure bill tops $5.7B

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process. The 1,473 projects that made the cut were out of 2,383 that Democratic and Republican legislators requested for […]

Why the state lottery stayed successful during the pandemic, while other entertainment businesses struggled

BY: - June 1, 2021

Casinos were closed in Michigan for months after the pandemic hit the state in March, but that didn’t stop Michiganders from playing their odds through the lottery. In fact, during the special August 2020 Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC), Senate Fiscal Agency Chief Economist David Zin said that during the pandemic, the Michigan State Lottery […]

Students and schools are struggling during the pandemic. Here’s what’s in Whitmer’s recovery plan.

BY: - May 28, 2021

Many Michigan students are struggling with academic performance and social and emotional health, teachers are suffering from burnout and colleges are experiencing plunging enrollment rates during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rolled out a plan in response. “The most pressing challenges schools face aren’t new, but they have been exacerbated by the […]

With federal stimulus, experts now foresee a big revenue upswing for Michigan

BY: - May 21, 2021

Michigan budget experts are now estimating a much more optimistic economic outlook for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 than was estimated four months ago, thanks largely to federal COVID-19 relief funds. This comes one day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP legislative leaders announced that they had agreed to negotiate on federal COVID spending, next year’s […]

Whitmer, GOP leaders agree to negotiate budget, COVID orders

BY: - May 21, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders in the Legislature struck a deal Thursday evening to work together on next year’s budget, COVID-19 relief spending and pandemic health restrictions. With the Legislature passing initial Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budgets last week — which included big cuts to some key initiatives championed by the governor — state […]

Business, education leaders blast House cuts to big universities

BY: - May 17, 2021

Business leaders from across the state and the University Research Corridor (URC) of Wayne State University, Michigan State University and University of Michigan say that the House budget plan for higher education “picks winners and losers.” House Republicans passed House Bill 4400 last week that would better fund universities with more in-state students for Fiscal […]

Legislature passes more budget bills, Republicans include reimbursement of Enbridge’s legal fees

BY: - May 12, 2021

The state House and Senate had another long day of debating a number of Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget bills Wednesday, most of which passed along party lines or with significant Democratic opposition. In February, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her state budget recommendation worth $67.1 billion for the next fiscal year starting Oct. 1, an […]

GOP-led Legislature axes Whitmer programs, reduces federal COVID funding in budgets

BY: and - May 12, 2021

After nearly nine hours of session between both chambers of the GOP-led Michigan Legislature on Tuesday, lawmakers wrapped up the day having passed about half of the 17 Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget bills on their agendas. In February, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her state budget recommendation worth $67.1 billion for the next fiscal year […]

GOP House budget moves forward toward floor vote

BY: - May 7, 2021

The state House Appropriations Committee advanced the GOP-led House budget plan for Fiscal Year 2022 this week, which shifts some state agencies’ budgets to a quarterly basis and includes some stipulations for state departments and agencies around COVID-19 safety protocols. Committee Chair Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) said Wednesday that the move to create a quarterly […]

Only school districts with in-person learning get COVID relief cash under House GOP plan

BY: - April 28, 2021

The state House Appropriations Committee approved the first pieces of the GOP’s $13 billion COVID-19 relief funding plan Wednesday, but limited school funds to only districts that provide in-person learning.   Under the Fiscal Year 2021 supplemental bill, which includes $4.8 billion for schools, school districts would be required to offer at least 20 hours per […]