Legislature

House resolutions celebrating Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities finally pass 

BY: - September 30, 2022

After initially being shunted off to committee, three resolutions celebrating the state’s Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities were finally approved by the Michigan House this week.  While the non-binding resolutions are typically non-controversial and pass on bipartisan votes, these three sponsored by Democrats were initially sent to the Government Operations Committee, normally a repository for […]

Legislature OKs $1B bipartisan spending plan for business tax breaks, scholarships and more

BY: - September 28, 2022

Updated, 9:06 p.m. 9/28/22, with additional comments During the Legislature’s final scheduled voting day before the post-election lame duck session, a $1 billion supplemental spending plan made it to the finish line as night fell in Lansing. Senate Bills 842 and 844 have been approved by both the state House and Senate. Michigan currently has […]

House Republicans again shut down Dems’ attempt to repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

BY: and - September 28, 2022

Republicans who control the state House on Wednesday shut down an attempt from Democrats to tie-bar every bill being considered to a measure that would repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban, declaring the effort “dilatory.” The gag rule used by the GOP majority is a rarely used mechanism that has not been seen in the House […]

Schools and childcare centers would get lead-free water filters under bills passed in the Senate

BY: - September 26, 2022

Two bills that streamline improving water quality in schools and childcare centers passed the Michigan Senate last week. The bills would install lead-free water filters and develop other water safety plans to be implemented in schools and childcare centers.  Senate Bills 184 and 185 were introduced by Sens. Curtis VanderWall (R-Ludington) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint). […]

House Republicans block resolutions celebrating Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities

BY: - September 22, 2022

Three resolutions celebrating the state’s Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities were sent to a House committee Wednesday where they will likely sit and wilt.  Such nonbinding resolutions are typically considered non-controversial and pass on bipartisan votes. But Wednesday’s session in the GOP-controlled House, the first in months, turned long and contentious as the Nov. 8 […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Flaws in Michigan’s Opportunity Zone program require the state to take action

BY: - September 22, 2022

A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) looks into the impacts of federal Opportunity Zones on Michigan communities and state revenue. The Opportunity Zone program, adopted as part of the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, provides tax breaks for wealthy investors who invest in neighborhoods with high poverty rates […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Student loan forgiveness will aid millions, but college affordability problems remain

BY: - September 7, 2022

President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel as much as $20,000 per borrower in college federal student loan debt will help millions burdened by skyrocketing costs of higher education over the past several decades. In Michigan, 1.4 million residents will benefit from the loan forgiveness program, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. As many as half could see […]

Term limits proposal opponents ask Michigan Supreme Court to toss it from ballot

BY: - September 6, 2022

All three constitutional amendments whose supporters hope will be on the Nov. 8 ballot are now awaiting sink-or-swim rulings in the Michigan Supreme Court. Michigan Legislative Term Limits and Financial Disclosure Amendment (Proposal 1) would reduce the state’s current system of term limits to a total of 12 years, while also allowing for six, two-year […]

More women Dems are running in northern Mich. Is it a sign the landscape is changing?

BY: - September 3, 2022

Antrim County is a GOP stronghold in northern Michigan, best known as being home to the tourist destination of Torch Lake, as well as one of the most-enduring conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.  But in an unlikely turn, the county could be represented in the Michigan House by a female Democrat next year, Cathy […]

DeVos-backed voucher initiative submits second petition in effort to avoid veto from Whitmer 

BY: - August 29, 2022

A right-wing group pushing for a school voucher-style system in Michigan has submitted a second petition in an effort to do an end-around Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto pen. The Let MI Kids Learn campaign, backed by former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime advocate and funder of school choice and charter schools, submitted […]

Michigan House Democrats seek censure of Rep. Rendon over election tampering allegations

BY: - August 13, 2022

Michigan House Democrats released a resolution Friday that would censure state Rep. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City) for coercive abuse of office in service of a crime.  The drafting of the resolution follows a decision earlier this week by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office to seek a special prosecutor to look into whether Rendon and eight […]

DeVos-backed voucher initiative submits signatures late in hopes GOP Legislature will act

BY: - August 10, 2022

A right-wing group pushing for a school voucher-style system in Michigan submitted more than 500,000 signatures Wednesday to get the proposal in front of the GOP-led Legislature. The Let MI Kids Learn campaign, backed by former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime advocate and funder of school choice and charter schools, missed the June […]