Whitmer, Republicans strike deal on $76B budget with hikes for schools, roads, more

BY: - July 1, 2022

After spending 18 hours in session starting Thursday, the Legislature passed a $76 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2023 early Friday morning, meeting its July 1 deadline.  Some of the big winners in the largest budget in history, which has an 8% increase from the FY 2022 $70 billion budget, include K-12 public education, retired […]

House votes to suspend state gas tax, Dems warn Michigan roads won’t get fixed

BY: - March 10, 2022

The Michigan House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to pass a bill suspending the state’s motor fuel tax until Sept. 30 in an effort to combat skyrocketing gas prices amid inflation and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.   The bill, House Bill 5570, introduced by state Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), would put a halt on the […]

Whitmer directs MDOT to accelerate pothole fixes

BY: - March 2, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that she is kicking her campaign promise to “fix the damn roads” into “overdrive,” calling on the state’s transportation department to use all available resources to speed up pothole repairs on state trunkline highways. Executive Directive 2022-2 directs the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to prioritize all activities related to […]

Electric buses, asphalt and bridges: Politicians jostle for federal transportation cash

BY: and - May 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The nearly $1 billion that U.S. Rep. Garret Graves is seeking through Congress’ revamped earmarks process isn’t a typo. The Louisiana Republican says Baton Rouge desperately needs a new bridge to alleviate a crush of roadway congestion — at a cost of $955.2 million for several projects. That far exceeds the $20 million that […]

Bills you may have missed, from cutting income taxes to banning gay conversion therapy

BY: - April 26, 2021

Issuing new bonds would require legislative approval and individuals would see more of their paychecks under legislation introduced in the Michigan Senate. Those are just two of the bills members of the Michigan Legislature have introduced so far in April after coming back from spring break on topics ranging from the pandemic to schools to […]

White House aims sales pitch for infrastructure plan at the states

BY: - April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s 7,540 miles of highway roads in poor condition. Florida’s $100 billion in damages over the last decade from extreme weather events. The one in four Idahoans with no access to broadband internet, and one in two living in areas with too-few licensed child care centers. In the next phase of President Joe Biden’s […]

Biden to unveil $2T plan to rebuild infrastructure, create jobs, move to clean energy

BY: - March 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday in Pennsylvania will unveil a nearly $2 trillion infrastructure package to rebuild highways and bridges, along with funding programs for housing, broadband and schools and increasing U.S. manufacturing jobs over the next eight years, an administration official told reporters on Tuesday night. Alongside the expansive infrastructure plan, the president […]

Whitmer makes case to U.S. Senate for more federal infrastructure help

BY: - February 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senators who could decide the fate of President Joe Biden’s push for a major new infrastructure package seemed open to his priorities at a hearing Wednesday, particularly Biden’s emphasis on replacing vehicles that run on gas and diesel with ones that use electric power. But when it came to the question of who […]

Gov. proposes $300M to fix bridges, $290M for clean water

BY: - February 12, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday said her recommended $67.1 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022 is “laser-focused” on targeting the state’s most important priorities, as Michigan begins to strategically rebuild from a year of hardships due to COVID-19 and the recession it caused. Those priorities include a heavy focus on addressing the state’s infrastructure and […]

In State of the State speech, Whitmer offers GOP olive branch after they spent day trying to stymie her powers

BY: - January 27, 2021

In Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s third State of the State address — and Michigan’s first-ever fully virtual yearly speech — the Democratic governor took on a hopeful tone, encouraging GOP legislative leaders to work with her on behalf of Michiganders to build back from the damage caused by COVID-19 and other challenges to the state in […]

New: Whitmer to announce COVID-19 pay bump for teachers, support staff

BY: - January 27, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the Michigan Advance that she will outline her plan in Wednesday’s State of the State address to give teachers and support staff grants due to the pandemic. “I think we have to acknowledge that every person in the education ecosystem has been stressed to the limit, has continued to serve our kids,” […]

Buttigieg to inherit a crumbling network of roads, subways and rails at DOT

BY: - December 28, 2020

Pete Buttigieg, as the incoming pick for U.S. transportation secretary, would take office at a time when both state and local officials are deeply frustrated that not enough is being done to maintain and improve the country’s transportation networks. But nobody seems to be able to solve the problem. For example, two presidents have vowed […]