Latest Michigan state government News

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...

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...

Juneteenth could become a Michigan court holiday

Oct. 20, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is considering a statewide court holiday on Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery. The court said it will accept public comment and hold a hearing in the months ahead. Juneteenth...

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...

Michigan city declares emergency over lead; governor visits

Oct. 19, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she visited Benton Harbor on Tuesday to listen to residents who have been urged to use bottled water because of elevated levels of lead in their tap water. Whitmer's stop, which wasn't publicly disclosed...

Michigan Legislature OKs accounts for private school tuition

Oct. 19, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Children could qualify for scholarships to attend private schools and to cover educational expenses such as tutoring under bills approved Tuesday on party-line votes in the Republican-led Michigan Legislature. The fast-tracked legislation,...

Michigan business groups urge Biden to reconsider mandate

Oct. 18, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan business groups on Monday urged President Joe Biden to reconsider a plan to require most workers to get vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 but said, if it is enacted, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should ensure related state rules are no stricter. ...

Former US Rep. Dan Benishek of Michigan dies at age 69

Oct. 17, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Dan Benishek, a surgeon who served three terms in Congress representing northern Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula, has died at age 69. He died Friday, according to a family statement, which did not offer further details about his death. ...

Proposed firewood quarantine to keep pests out of state

Oct. 17, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has proposed a quarantine on exterior firewood to help prevent the introduction of unwanted pests and diseases into the state. Under the proposal, firewood shipped into Michigan would...