Latest Michigan state government News

Court strikes Michigan law to make petition drives harder

Jan. 24, 2022 13:07 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — An effort by Republicans to make it harder to change Michigan law through petition drives was declared unconstitutional Monday by the state Supreme Court. The court struck down a 15% geographic cap on the number of signatures that could be collected to get an issue...

Whitmer to propose tripling tax credit for low-wage workers

Jan. 24, 2022 07:26 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will ask lawmakers to triple Michigan's tax credit for low- and moderate-income workers, putting on average an extra $350 a year into their pockets. The proposal, which is to be unveiled in her annual State of the State address, would...

GM to spend $6.5B, add 4,000 jobs at Michigan EV factories

Jan. 21, 2022 20:27 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — General Motors is poised to announce next week major electric-vehicle investments in Michigan, with plans to spend $6.5 billion and create up to 4,000 new jobs at two plants. The state's economic development board is expected to approve an incentives package...

Republicans sue to block Michigan's new congressional map

Jan. 21, 2022 17:33 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans sued to block the state's new congressional map, saying it is constitutionally flawed because of population deviations, too much splitting of municipal lines and the carving up of “communities of interest.” The lawsuit, filed Thursday...

Michigan nursing homes ordered to offer on-site booster shot

Jan. 20, 2022 18:02 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's health director on Thursday ordered nursing homes to offer on-site booster shots to residents who are not up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine in a state that lags others in vaccinating people in long-term care facilities. The facilities must comply...

Michigan governor releases plan draft for carbon neutrality

Jan. 20, 2022 12:48 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will build clean energy infrastructure and invest in green programs over the next 30 years with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 to confront climate change, a draft of a state plan says. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer committed Michigan to the 2050...

Michigan House cancels voting for week due to COVID-19 cases

Jan. 18, 2022 17:42 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House of Representatives has canceled voting for the week because lawmakers and staff have COVID-19, are close contacts or are awaiting test results. The chamber typically holds session on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. House...

Nessel expands on why feds should probe fake GOP electors

Jan. 18, 2022 16:32 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel expanded Tuesday on why she believes it's better for federal authorities to criminally investigate 16 Republicans who falsely claimed they were Michigan's presidential electors. GOP officials in seven states submitted...

Work continues on removing lead water lines in Benton Harbor

Jan. 16, 2022 09:34 AM EST

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — More than 400 water service lines in Benton Harbor have been replaced or verified to be free of lead, according to state officials. City officials also are reviewing bids from contractors for removal of an estimated 3,900 lead service lines, Michigan's...

Michigan AG asks feds to investigate fake GOP electors

Jan. 14, 2022 19:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general is asking federal prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into 16 Republicans who submitted false certificates stating they were the state's presidential electors despite Joe Biden's 154,000-vote victory in 2020. Dana Nessel, a...