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Michigan Legislature OKs school accounts destined for veto

Oct. 27, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers took final votes on veto-destined bills early Wednesday that would let Michigan students attend private schools and pay other educational expenses with scholarship accounts funded by people and corporations that would get tax credits for their...

Whitmer orders state to prep for vaccinating kids ages 5-11

Oct. 26, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday directed the state to ensure that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be quickly available if the federal government gives it the green light. Her directive came the same day an advisory...

Opposition raises $2.5M to fight Michigan GOP voting changes

Oct. 26, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan group has raised $2.5 million from a liberal nonprofit to fight a Republican-backed ballot drive that would toughen voter ID requirements, ban the unsolicited mailing of absentee ballot applications and make other election changes. ...

Michigan Senate approves end to tax on menstrual products

Oct. 26, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would eliminate the so-called “tampon tax” on menstrual products, sending it to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer who is expected to sign it into law. Michigan would join over 20 other states that have...

Whitmer raises $3.1M, Craig $1.4M in governor's race

Oct. 25, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer raised $3.1 million over three months for her reelection campaign and had $12.6 million on hand a year before the 2022 election, while former Detroit police chief James Craig outraised a field of Republicans vying to challenge her. ...

Michigan governor names new unemployment director

Oct. 25, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer replaced the acting director of Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency on Monday following months of scrutiny from Republican lawmakers, New Director Julia Dale is coming from her position as director of the...

GOP uses voters to push election reforms in unlikely states

Oct. 23, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have succeeded this year in passing a range of voting restrictions in states they control politically, from Georgia to Iowa to Texas. They're not stopping there. Republicans in at least four states where Democrats control the...

Michigan won't go further than federal vax-or-test rule

Oct. 21, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will not order employers to adhere to a COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirement that is stricter than one planned by the Biden administration. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration released its stance this week following questions...

Michigan official: Benton Harbor water woes 'inexcusable'

Oct. 21, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

State officials on Thursday defended their response to a lead crisis in a small southwestern Michigan city, telling lawmakers that steps to reduce corrosion in aging water pipes began in 2019, just a few months after tests revealed troubling results. Benton Harbor...

Enbridge temporarily stops Michigan pipeline due to protests

Oct. 19, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

The operator of a Michigan oil pipeline said it temporarily shut down Line 5 Tuesday after protesters warned the company that they planned to turn an emergency valve. Video posted on social media showed someone with a hard hat and a wrench inside a...