Latest Gretchen Whitmer News

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...

Whitmer seeks $250M for parks; Senate has $1.5B bridge plan

Jun. 10, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday called for spending a “historic” $250 million in federal coronavirus relief aid to upgrade state parks and trails, a day after Senate Republicans announced a $1.5 billion plan to fix deteriorating local bridges across Michigan. ...

Michigan task force to look at juvenile criminal justice

Jun. 09, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A task force will examine Michigan's treatment of juveniles in the state's criminal justice system as well as factors that lead to youth getting caught up in that system, according to an executive order signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The creation...

Michigan governor signs bills to help veterans, families

Jun. 09, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation on Wednesday that makes it easier for veterans and their families who are licensed professionals to continue their careers when they move to the state. Veterans, active-duty service members and...

EXPLAINER: Why a rural pipeline is a climate battleground

Jun. 08, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

As Enbridge Energy prepares to finish rebuilding an oil pipeline across rural northern Minnesota, protesters are occupying part of the construction area and pledging a “summer of resistance” on the ground and in court. Enbridge, which has obtained all necessary state...

Whitmer: Expand preschool to 22,000 4-year-olds in Michigan

Jun. 08, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday proposed expanding government-funded preschool to 22,000 eligible but unenrolled 4-year-olds in Michigan, saying too many cannot access an “incredible opportunity” because of inadequate funding. The...

Oil pipeline foes protest Enbridge's Line 3 in Minnesota

Jun. 07, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

SOLWAY, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters vowing to do whatever it takes to stop a Canadian-based company's push to replace an aging pipeline blocked a pump station Monday in northern Minnesota, with some people chaining themselves to construction equipment before police began making...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jun. 07, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

Detroit Free Press. May 30, 2021. Editorial: Michigan senators chart a path to real police reform There is growing consensus that the status quo in policing is unacceptable: among police officers, who find themselves at odds with the communities...

U-Michigan won't drop GOP donor's name over 'witches' remark

Jun. 04, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The University of Michigan will keep the name of a prominent Michigan Republican on a campus building despite his description of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and two other Democrats as “witches.” President Mark Schlissel said he shares the disgust over Ron...

GOP files campaign-finance complaint over Whitmer's flight

Jun. 04, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party filed a complaint with the state on Friday over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's reelection campaign paying for her use of a private jet to visit her ailing father in Florida. The law lets elected officials use political funds...