Michigan

‘There’s a gray area’: Campaign finance experts weigh in on Inman bribery case 

BY: - August 21, 2019

To campaign finance watchdogs, the word “corruption” may be getting more difficult to legally define — but the case against indicted state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) appears to be a near-textbook example.  At a motion hearing earlier this month, U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan Chief Judge Robert Jonker declined to outright dismiss any […]

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42K Michiganders impacted by Trump admin. abortion ‘gag rule’

BY: - August 21, 2019

As expected, Planned Parenthood announced this week that it was pulling out of Title X, a federal family planning program. The President Donald Trump administration in February announced a new “gag rule” that was widely viewed as being designed to force the group out over its support for abortion rights and redirect funds to faith-based, […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Republicans don’t want to give Whitmer a victory on roads. You can blame business lobbyists for that.

BY: - August 21, 2019

For decades, powerful Michigan business groups have led the anti-tax charge, warning that any increase would surely tank the economy. During every downturn, they’ve blamed our tax burden, blithely ignoring reams of evidence that Michigan is not a high-tax state and it’s our continued dependence on the ever-downsizing domestic auto industry that makes our recessions […]

Embattled Michigan civil rights chief takes indefinite leave

BY: - August 20, 2019

Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) Director Agustin Arbulu has taken an indefinite leave of hiatus after a scandal in which it was revealed that he made sexist comments to a coworker. Arbulu will be replaced by his deputy, Mary Engelman, who will now serve as acting director of the MDCR. A spokesperson for the […]

Biz leaders make push for new road revenue as Whitmer, GOP leaders keep talking

BY: - August 20, 2019

The state’s leading business advocacy groups want Michigan lawmakers to know that they’ll stand with them if they vote to raise taxes for road-funding revenue. Rich Studley, president and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, officials from other groups like Business Leaders for Michigan and various regional chambers held a press conference on Tuesday […]

U.S. Steel lays off roughly 50 in Ecorse, plans more cuts

BY: - August 20, 2019

The manufacturer U.S. Steel has laid off almost 50 employees at its Great Lakes Works Facility in Ecorse, according to a letter they sent earlier this month to the state’s Workforce Development Agency. In the letter, the company’s director of employee relations, Mark Tade, notes has temporarily idled one of its furnaces “due to current […]

Mid-Michigan Dems fight to save Affordable Care Act 

BY: - August 20, 2019

Laura Packard says she’s fighting to protect her own health and the well-being of millions of Americans. “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) saved my life, which is how I know that Republicans’ continued attacks on health care represent a literal life-or-death scenario for millions of Americans,” said Packard, a former Michigander, small business owner and […]

SOS seeks college students for voting panel

BY: - August 20, 2019

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson this week said she’s forming a Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force and is seeking 20 to 25 members. The panel is open to Michigan student attending a two- or four-year higher education institution. Task force members will be selected by members of the Department of State’s Election Modernization Advisory Committee […]

Statewide study: 10% of Michigan public water systems have PFAS

BY: - August 19, 2019

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) published the results of the first statewide study of toxic PFAS (or per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) in drinking water last week, after testing more than 1,700 water supplies across the state. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” and are found in food packaging, cookware, firefighting foam and more. […]

In Detroit, Pence touts Trump admin. economic gains as recession fears rise

BY: - August 19, 2019

Updated, 6:23 p.m. 8/19/19 with comments from Rep. Levin Vice President Mike Pence on Monday urged a group of Southeast Michigan business leaders to “reject the siren song of socialism” and reelect his boss, President Donald Trump, to a second term.  In a 25-minute speech to the Detroit Economic Club — his third appearance before […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: What’s behind Patterson’s economic legacy in Oakland County

BY: - August 19, 2019

Within hours of his death on Aug. 3, journalists served up two stark portraits of controversial Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Some condemned Patterson for his long history of racially charged comments about Detroit and its majority-black population. Others praised him for his deft leadership of wealthy Oakland County. If you haven’t already done […]

Inside Michigan Government: All our video interviews with Michigan department heads

BY: - August 18, 2019

Last year was a sea change election in Michigan, electing new leaders for top statewide offices, starting with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Changes may have started at the top, but they’ve rippled through state government, as Whitmer has appointed new directors for most departments. For the last several months, the Michigan Advance sat down with seven […]