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|

Social Media Rumor Wrongly Charges Voter Fraud In State

LANSING - An inaccurate claim, apparently started by a Chicago-area conservative author and picked up by a number of Michigan residents on social media, asserted that 60 percent of Michigan counties report more registered voters than residents, a charge easily refuted by looking at voter data and state population data. The claim was initially made

By |2018-11-16T10:18:36-04:00November 16th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Bills To Amend Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Time Introduced For Michigan Lame Duck

LANSING - A pair of bills were introduced in the Senate Thursday that would radically change the initiative petitions adopted in September by the Legislature requiring employers to provide paid sick time to their workers and raise the state's minimum wage, making them more business-friendly according to Republicans and likely to spark a major lame-duck

By |2018-11-09T12:43:21-04:00November 9th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Two Business Expansions Creating 100 Jobs Get State Aid

LANSING — The Michigan Strategic Fund has supported two business expansions, in Washtenaw County’s Pittsfield Township and in Kent County’s Plainfield Township. Pacific Industrial Development Corp. received a $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to support an investment of $17.2 million expansion that will create 50 jobs. (A photo of the plant is above.)

By |2018-11-08T18:09:34-04:00November 8th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Gov. Snyder Names Long-Time MDOT Deputy As New Director

LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder has named a new director to steer the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and replace long-time director Kirk Steudle. Kirk Steudle Mark Van Port Fleet took the helm as MDOT's new leader Thursday, moving up from his post as senior chief deputy director. He has 38 years of experience at

By |2018-11-06T15:30:13-04:00November 6th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Marijuana Legalization Could Generate $175 Million In New Michigan Taxes

EAST LANSING - If passed on November 6, Proposal 18-1 that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana would generate between $81 million and $175 million in additional sales and excise tax revenues in 2023, which is when the market would likely reach maturity. While tax collections on recreational marijuana would increase by at least

By |2018-10-29T21:10:20-04:00October 29th, 2018|Featured, Politics/Government|