Republicans

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 […]

Bipartisan FY ‘22 budget moves one step closer to completion

BY: - September 21, 2021

The GOP-led Legislature took a key step Tuesday toward completing the nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget, carving out money for criminal justice reform, education and a number of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s programs for workers.  The legislative Conference Committees unanimously approved both the Higher Education and General Government budgets and outlined the […]

Dems concerned about ‘chilling effect’ for schools with ‘critical race theory’-style ban

BY: - September 21, 2021

Following a nationwide trend of right-wing furor over how racism is taught in schools, lawmakers on the Michigan House Education Committee on Tuesday traded barbs about race and identity while debating a GOP bill. The legislation is similar to bills introduced by Republicans in several other states that ban “critical race theory” from being taught […]

‘What was left behind was a broken family’

BY: - September 21, 2021

Nelly Fuentes remembers the moment her entire life changed. She remembers how cold it was that morning in February 2008. How her husband’s voice shook when he told her he had been pulled over while driving home from work. “That’s when my nightmare began,” said Fuentes, who lives in Southwest Michigan. “Anyone who’s undocumented knows […]

Kent Co. health director tells commissioners after almost being run off the road: ‘I need help’

BY: - September 20, 2021

Updated 6:06 p.m., 9/21/21, with comments from Kent County Board of Commissioners Chair Mandy Bolter and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office After a woman attempted to run Kent County Health Department director Adam London off the road just hours after he issued a mask mandate for some schools last month, the health officer issued a […]

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 […]

Trump ditches former US attorney pick, endorses election conspiracist for Michigan AG instead

BY: - September 17, 2021

Former President Donald Trump continues to wade into Michigan politics, this time endorsing Kalamazoo-based attorney Matthew DePerno, who has gotten national attention for pushing election fraud conspiracies in Michigan and Arizona following Trump’s loss in the 2020 election. The election was not close, with now-President Joe Biden defeating Trump by more than 7 million votes […]

How House Dems would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices — if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates in their party. The massive […]

As Michigan’s COVID risk level rises, so does the number of kids with COVID

BY: - September 16, 2021

The proportion of children getting sick with COVID-19 is increasing, along with other concerning trends across the board, according to the latest data and modeling update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The DHHS reports that, as of Tuesday, more than 90% of Michigan’s counties are at high transmission level and […]

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 […]

Lawmakers introduce package adding marijuana caregiver regulations, as activists protest 

BY: - September 16, 2021

Lawmakers on Tuesday announced proposed bipartisan legislation that would create a new license and add more regulations for marijuana caregivers. On Wednesday, cannabis activists held an already-planned rally in Lansing to protest the bills that leaders told the Advance earlier this week they had heard were in the works. The Michigan Cannabis Safety Act, House […]

Anti-vax, anti-mask school bills clear GOP-led Senate committee

BY: - September 14, 2021

Republican Senate committee members spent part of their Tuesday afternoon hearing from parents and lawmakers who support a bill package to essentially let students at public schools flout local mask mandates, be exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements and not require vaccinations. The Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee hearing was paused at one point by […]