Wayne Schmidt

Whitmer signs $385M spending bill for flood relief, hospitals

BY: - July 26, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Monday a $384.7 million spending bill that includes mostly federal funds for hospital costs related to COVID-19, child development and care program providers, disaster relief and public safety efforts and prisoners who were wrongfully imprisoned.  Whitmer signed the bipartisan Senate Bill 27, a supplemental spending bill for the current […]

Whitmer signs $17B schools budget boosting childcare spending, closing district funding gap

BY: - July 13, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed the largest School Aid budget in Michigan history Tuesday, totaling $17.1 billion, which hits a longtime goal of eliminating the funding gap between districts. “As we look to the next school year and beyond, we know that every student deserves to be funded at the same level to ensure […]

Legislation to expand LGBTQ rights gets GOP support in House, Senate 

BY: - March 8, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic lawmakers announced Monday that for the first time ever, they have bipartisan support in both chambers of the Legislature for key LGBTQ rights legislation. The bills would expand Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) by adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. There have been several attempts in […]

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 […]