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Gov. announces spending priorities for $18B in new federal funds

BY: - April 14, 2021

As the state is poised to secure more than $18 billion in federal funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act signed by last month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced this week her funding priorities. Whitmer and the GOP-led Legislature clashed for several months over spending more than $5 billion from the December COVID relief bill […]

New: Michigan Capitol bomb threat suspect got Secret Service visit over 2014 Obama threat

BY: - March 18, 2021

Newly released documents from the Michigan State Police show Michael Varrone, who was accused of making a bomb threat on Jan. 7 to the Michigan Capitol, has a lengthy history of contact with law enforcement — including a 2014 visit from the Secret Service for threatening then-President Barack Obama by email.  The heavily redacted police […]

The Senate plans to sue Whitmer over COVID relief vetoes. Here’s what’s at stake.

BY: - March 17, 2021

When presented with a COVID-19 supplemental plan interlinked with a “political poison pill” from GOP leaders last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer didn’t take the bait. She signed certain bills worth about $2.5 billion, while vetoing others laced into the plan that sought to permanently limit her administration’s emergency powers. In December, then-President Trump signed a […]

Senate Republicans vote to sue Whitmer in COVID-19 relief fund battle

BY: - March 11, 2021

Republicans in the Senate authorized a lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday after she vetoed a bill within the COVID-19 relief supplemental package that would have shuttered some of her administration’s executive powers during the pandemic.  The Legislature passed the package last week spending some of the $5.6 billion in federal aid that former […]

GOP leader falsely claims Whitmer ‘has literally locked people in their homes’ during pandemic

BY: - March 11, 2021

On the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 cases being discovered in Michigan — which has now grown to more than 600,000 cases in the state with almost 16,000 deaths — Republicans in charge of the state House launched into another attack on Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over pandemic restrictions. Whitmer on Tuesday signed about […]

Whitmer signs most of COVID-19 relief package, vetoes bill limiting pandemic powers

BY: - March 9, 2021

Updated, 8:59 p.m., 3/9/21 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed two bills in the COVID-19 relief funding package Tuesday afternoon, but vetoed another — as promised — that would have stripped her administration of key executive powers.  Whitmer said she signed about $2.5 billion in supplemental funding, including $283 million in federal emergency rental assistance, up to […]

Whitmer calls GOP actions on COVID relief ‘nonsensical,’ says she won’t surrender her powers

BY: - March 9, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said this week that giving up her executive powers in the fight to allocate billions in COVID-19 relief money “is never going to happen.” During an MSNBC interview Monday with Stephanie Ruhle, Whitmer discussed the more than $5 billion sitting idly in Michigan while she and the GOP-led Legislature have failed to […]

No apparent deal between Whitmer and Republicans, but House gives COVID-19 plan final OK

BY: - March 3, 2021

After passing through the House Wednesday afternoon, the long-awaited COVID-19 relief bills are heading to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk — but not before Democrats put up a fight.  The $4.5 billion supplemental package, if signed by the governor, would allocate some of the $5.6 billion in COVID-19 relief funds that was passed by Congress in […]

Whitmer rolls out $67B budget, with boosts for schools, public health

BY: and - February 11, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rolled out her third state budget proposal Thursday morning, with $67.1 billion focusing on education, economic development, infrastructure and public health for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This is a 7% increase from the current fiscal year’s $62.8 billion budget. The Whitmer administration contends increasing the budget for the time being is possible […]

Republican says balance of power has been ‘emasculated’ as Senate rejects another 5 Whitmer appointees

BY: - February 3, 2021

State Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) said the “balance at the bargaining table” has been “emasculated” over the pandemic, culminating with the Senate voting Wednesday to reject more of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state board appointees.  “Where is the balance at the bargaining table? It’s gone. It’s been abrogated, emasculated, taken away,” McBroom said on the Senate […]

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Whitmer wants $5M in COVID relief plan for Capitol gun ban

BY: - January 21, 2021

A $5.6 billion COVID-19 recovery plan unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer carves out $5 million to be put toward upgrading security at the Michigan State Capitol. The administration indicated it would send the formal request for a budget supplemental to lawmakers on Wednesday. The $5 million would go toward enforcing a weapons ban at […]

Whitmer lays out new $5.6B COVID plan

BY: - January 19, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday outlined her plan for a new $5.6 billion COVID-19 relief bill. Most of the funds for businesses, unemployment benefits, schools and vaccine distribution come from the federal government, with about $575 million from the state. “To help grow and strengthen our economy, we must provide crucial support for our families, […]