Gretchen Whitmer

Whitmer praises Legislature for passing budget after ‘hard negotiation’

BY: - September 22, 2021

Shortly after the GOP-controlled Michigan Legislature finished passing the remainder of the $53 billion budget plan Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took the stage at the Mackinac Policy Conference and shared her own perspective on the budget bills that she plans to sign. Budget leaders from her office, the House and the Senate last […]

Michigan surpasses ‘sobering’ milestone of 1 million COVID-19 cases

BY: - September 22, 2021

On March 10, 2020, the first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Michigan. Eight days later, Michigan’s first death of the pandemic was reported. And now, a year and a half later, Michigan surpassed one million COVID cases. On Wednesday afternoon, the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported there have been […]

Last of FY ‘22 budget heads to Whitmer’s desk, vaccine, masks measures likely unenforceable

BY: and - September 22, 2021

With just over a week before the start of Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, both chambers of the Legislature finished on Wednesday passing remaining spending plans worth about $53 billion. They now head to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has said she’ll sign them. The legislative Conference Committees laid out the details of […]

GOP gov. candidate James Craig says he supports abortion ban in secret recording

BY: - September 22, 2021

Republican gubernatorial candidate James Craig said if elected he would block any attempt by Democrats to repeal Michigan’s 90-year-old ban on abortion, according to a secret audio recording obtained by Metro Times. The former Detroit police chief made the remark Thursday while talking with supporters after his speech at a campaign kickoff event in Marquette. The […]

New: State budget includes pay hike for some health care workers during pandemic

BY: - September 21, 2021

The nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget will include a temporary $2 hourly pay raise for direct care workers providing Medicaid-funded in-home behavioral health and long-term care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Advance has learned.  The budget also allocates $460 million to give a permanent $2.35 hourly raise to direct care […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: An overlooked goal of the rising far-right? Get good people to quit.

BY: - September 19, 2021

When U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) this week announced his retirement after being one of only a handful Republicans to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, it was greeted with the usual discourse when moderates step aside. Pundits are always atwitter if this mean that Democrats are moving too far […]

As state leaders step back, local health and school officials take the heat over COVID mandates 

BY: - September 18, 2021

Since the state has backed away from issuing statewide mask mandates and COVID-19 orders this summer, local health and school leaders have had to take the reins. But with more health decisions being made at the local level, the threats and pressure from some members of the public followed.  “There are a lot of people that […]

GOP leaders, Whitmer admin. announce FY ‘22 budget deal, details MIA

BY: - September 16, 2021

Updated, 12:15 p.m. 9/16/21 and 3:10 p.m. 9/17/21, with additional comments Budget leaders from Michigan’s executive office, House and Senate announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on the upcoming state budget for the new Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, but offered little in the way of what that budget will entail. There are 15 […]

Parents call for statewide mask mandate, blast pols who oppose it

BY: - September 15, 2021

Updated, 6:01 p.m. 9/15/21 with a response from DHHS As COVID-19 cases rise among students and staff throughout Michigan, parents from across the state issued a message for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Wednesday: It’s time for a statewide mask mandate in schools. The Michigan Parents Alliance for Safe Schools launched a […]

What will happen to telemedicine abortion in Michigan if Roe v. Wade is overturned?

BY: - September 15, 2021

Following a U.S. Supreme Court opinion earlier this month allowing a Texas abortion ban to go into effect, many people across the country are considering what their future options may be for safe, legal abortions.  It’s the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S. to go into effect, banning abortions as early as six weeks […]

Will university vaccine mandates hold up part of Michigan’s state budget?

BY: - September 13, 2021

Updated, 9:45 a.m., 9/14/21, with new comments from Gov. Whitmer’s office With only 18 days left to finalize the rest of the state budget before the new Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 begins, leaders tell the Advance they’re confident there will be a negotiated budget in time to avoid a government shutdown — but there is […]

GOP businessman launches Michigan gov. exploratory committee, pledges $10M of his own funds

BY: - September 10, 2021

Metro Detroit businessman Kevin Rinke is the newest and 10th Republican to publicly consider challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for in 2022. Rinke, of Bloomfield Hills, is a third-generation auto dealer and cites his business expertise as his defining feature as a candidate, similar to another self-funder, GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder. Rinke said during […]