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Gov. Whitmer Calls For Cross-Aisle Cooperation As She Takes Oath Of Office

LANSING - As eight years of total Republican control of state government ended at noon Tuesday, Democrats crowded the Capitol lawn with a smattering of Republicans on hand as well to mark the opening of a new political era in state government. A Democratic governor, secretary of state and attorney general. A Republican Legislature and

By |2019-01-02T13:54:37-04:00January 2nd, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

First Lawsuit Filed Against Line 5 Tunnel Authority

LANSING - The first legal challenge has been filed to the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, the new entity that will own and oversee the to be constructed tunnel housing the Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. That a lawsuit was filed was no surprise, but the plaintiff in the case is both

By |2018-12-20T17:20:03-04:00December 20th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Enbridge, Supporters Pack Meeting As Board Approves Tunnel

ST. IGNACE - The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority Board approved the agreements Wednesday to allow construction of a new utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac after a public comment period that leaned toward support for the tunnel and the current pipeline. Board members noted the statute required them to approve the agreement if it

By |2018-12-20T17:20:03-04:00December 20th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Union Decertification, Tipping Fee Bills Die In Senate

LANSING - Legislation requiring public sector unions to biennially hold decertification elections is dead for the current term from a lack Senate Republican votes but may be pursued by the Legislature in the upcoming term, the majority leader told reporters following session Thursday. Another major bill, Governor Rick Snyder's proposal to increase the tipping fee on

By |2018-12-15T16:40:34-04:00December 14th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Proponents For Paid Sick Leave To Seek Ballot Proposal In 2020

LANSING - The Michigan Senate-passed bill changing the voter-initiated law requiring employers to provide paid sick time their employees so severely guts the act with little hope of legitimate negotiations to soften the legislation that the organizers of the proposal say they will begin collecting signatures to bring their proposal back for the 2020 ballot.

By |2018-11-30T09:47:04-04:00November 30th, 2018|Politics|

Michigan Elected Officials, Environmental Groups Urge Quick State Action On Cancer-Causing PFAS In Michigan Waterways

LANSING - Michigan elected officials and environmental groups urged quick state action Thursday after a published report showed industry is still releasing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances into some Michigan waterways. Department of Environmental Quality officials, contacted following an MLive report that catalogued large quantities of PFAS discharged by industry into waterways, said efforts are already underway to

By |2018-11-30T09:47:04-04:00November 30th, 2018|Clean Update, Politics|

Michigan House Panel Moves 5G Regulations

LANSING - Despite a room packed largely with opponents to the package, the House Energy Policy Committee reported legislation Thursday that would set terms and fees for permits for new 5G cellular systems. The bills (SB 637 and SB 894) moved without changes from the Senate versions, but on 15-4 votes with bipartisan concerns raised about the

By |2018-10-10T16:09:22-04:00October 5th, 2018|Connected Tech, Politics, Politics/Government|

Environmental Groups Slam Line 5 Tunnel ‘Sweetheart Deal’ They Claim Is Imminent

LANSING - Environmental groups opposed to putting Enbridge Line 5 into a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac said Thursday they believe an agreement between Governor Rick Snyder and the Canadian energy company is imminent, preemptively declaring it a lame-duck move that would hamstring the next governor and attorney general from taking action they see fit regarding

By |2018-09-21T11:13:49-04:00September 21st, 2018|Clean Update, Politics|

Gongwer Elections App Updated With New Analysis

LANSING - Gongwer News Service has updated its 2018 Michigan Elections app, available for iOS and Android devices, with new analysis for most races for state and federal offices where there is competition in the primary. The new analysis reflects the latest developments in those races as endorsements and reports of candidate activity continue to pour

By |2018-07-20T11:30:57-04:00July 20th, 2018|Government/Politics, New Products / Contracts, Politics|