Latest Michigan state government News

Whitmer: Reinstate incentive so companies can hire workers

Jun. 16, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday asked Michigan lawmakers to reinstate certain employers' ability to hire new workers who, while working, would still get a $300-a-week unemployment benefit into early September. The governor this week has been...

Michigan Republicans pass bills to add voter ID requirements

Jun. 16, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Senate passed contentious legislation Wednesday that would mandate a photo ID to vote in person and add identity requirements for people who want to vote by mail. The bills, which were sent to the GOP-led House...

Athletes abused by late doctor demand U-Michigan probe

Jun. 16, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Former athletes on Wednesday urged the University of Michigan's governing board to launch a full investigation of sexual abuse committed by a late doctor and how the school failed to stop him during his decades on campus. Standing near the...

Michigan Legislature passes $6.6 B in federal virus aid

Jun. 15, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to allocate nearly $4.4 billion in federal COVID-19 aid to K-12 schools after Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration reached an agreement. The supplemental budget...

Ballot drive targets Michigan law that underpins virus rules

Jun. 14, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A conservative group said Monday it will launch a ballot drive to require legislative approval to extend emergency pandemic orders beyond 28 days — the latest bid to neuter the power of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration to issue coronavirus restrictions. ...

Whitmer proposes use of $1.4B in federal child care aid

Jun. 14, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday outlined how Michigan should spend more than $1.1 billion allotted for child care under the most recent federal coronavirus rescue, proposing to make it more affordable and to give workers $500 retention bonuses every three months. ...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jun. 14, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

Detroit Free Press. June 9, 2021. Editorial: House GOP’s phony financial disclosure bill would keep voters in dark Michigan is one of just two states that don’t require elected officials to disclose how much money they earn or where it comes from....

DNR enrolling property owners in hunting access program

Jun. 12, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources is enrolling private property owners in some parts of the state in a program that pays them to allow controlled public hunting access on their land. Interested landowners should have at least 40 acres...

State board ordered to OK bill to end emergency powers law

Jun. 11, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature can repeal a law that was the backbone of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus orders, without her interference, after a unanimous decision Friday from the Michigan Supreme Court. The order to certify the...

Court: Judge who lost race gets 6-year ban for misconduct

Jun. 11, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A judge who lost reelection in November while a misconduct case against him was pending will be barred from serving again for six years, the Michigan Supreme Court said Friday. The misconduct case against Byron Konschuh stemmed from acts that...