Whitmer: Facts, science will guide Michigan’s economic reentry when COVID-19 cases drop

BY: - April 17, 2020

Updated, 7:23 a.m. 4/18/20 Michigan’s stay home order is in place until April 30 and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has not yet given a firm* timeframe for loosening regulations to stop the spread of COVID-19. On Friday, she did release some details about her plan to reopen Michigan’s economy, which she said is dependent on facts, […]

ER doctor: Keep stay home order, West Mich. is on COVID-19 upslope

BY: - April 17, 2020

Three weeks after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer put the state under a stay home order to stop the spread of COVID-19, some Michiganders are getting restless to reopen businesses. And the Democratic governor and the GOP-led Legislature seem headed to a battle over when to lift restrictions.  But members of the medical field are urging leaders […]


Susan J. Demas: Don’t whitewash the GOP’s extremism on full display during Whitmer protest

BY: - April 17, 2020

We were promised it wasn’t a Republican protest. We were promised people were just upset they couldn’t golf or buy seeds (in stores) during a pandemic that’s already killed 2,000 of their neighbors. But the folks trekking to Michigan’s Capitol Wednesday weren’t carrying rakes or watering cans or cute pun-filled signs about the right to […]

Whitmer, 6 ‘Midwest’ govs working together to reopen economies

BY: - April 16, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and six other state governors in the Midwest — or thereabout — are consulting and coordinating with each other on plans to reopen the region’s economy in the coming weeks. Whitmer, a Democrat, is in communication with GOP governors Mike DeWine in Ohio and Eric Holcomb of Indiana, as well as Democratic […]

Michigan unemployment could hit 23% and other alarming economic forecasts

BY: - April 10, 2020

Experts “will have no difficulty in saying we entered a recession in March of 2020,” said Charles Ballard, an economics professor at Michigan State University. The COVID-19 pandemic has ripped through the United States with almost 470,000 cases and almost 18,000 deaths as of Friday afternoon. And the virus has steamrolled the economy, causing plunges […]

Michigan lawmakers brace for coronavirus impacts: ‘The storm is likely to last’ 

BY: - March 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Michiganders have tons of questions about what COVID-19 means for their lives and about what the federal government is doing about it.  Is it safe to get my mail? Will my social security checks still come through? When are my taxes due? Who can get tested for the illness?  Those were just some […]

Fact check: Trump’s speech mingles truth with fantasy on economy

BY: - February 5, 2020

To anyone who heard President Donald Trump speak at a rally in Milwaukee last month, the State of the Union opening would probably have sounded familiar — down to the litany of his professed accomplishments three sentences in: “Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling…” — what has clearly become a favorite stump […]

Here’s what you can expect in Whitmer’s State of the Union response

BY: - February 4, 2020

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gears up to give the official Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, she is focusing on the “dinner-table issues.” Whitmer, who will be giving her response from East Lansing High School, where her daughters attend, will be covering topics that Michiganders are familiar with […]

At Wisconsin rally, Trump’s facts launch flights of fancy

BY: - January 15, 2020

He promised to protect people with pre-existing conditions, while his administration pursues a lawsuit to throw out the Affordable Care Act that protects people with pre-existing conditions. He insisted unemployment had hit the lowest point in history at 3.3% — ignoring that it was less than half that toward the end of World War II. He bragged […]


Rick Haglund: Whitmer should address Michigan worker pay in her State of the State speech

BY: - January 11, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will have plenty of topics to tackle in her second State of the State speech on Jan. 29. We’ll no doubt hear about a new road funding plan after the Republican-controlled Legislature refused to raise even a single penny toward her request for a 45-cent hike in the gas tax last year. […]

Michigan’s economy in 2020: Could be better, could be worse

BY: - January 11, 2020

More than a decade out from the start of the 2008 recession, Michigan is still facing a challenging environment for economic growth. Nonetheless, the state’s economy is expected to pick up over time – even if it is slower than Michiganders would like. This is according to top economists from the University of Michigan and […]

Michigan has an extra $321M in 2020, is almost $12B below Headlee tax limit

BY: - January 10, 2020

Michigan’s fiscal picture is looking modestly brighter for the next two fiscal years, experts agreed at a biannual meeting Friday at the state Capitol. State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks told reporters that revenues are “looking pretty flat” but the “economy continues to grow.” That’s still welcome news after a contentious budget fight that dominated most of […]