Latest Michigan state government News

Whitmer vetoes bills to further delay taxes during pandemic

Jul. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday vetoed bills that would have further delayed tax payments amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing harm to local budgets across Michigan and saying one measure related to property taxes was “blatantly" unconstitutional. The legislation had won...

Michigan's daily virus cases top 600; highest since May

Jul. 8, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's new coronavirus infections topped 600 Wednesday, the highest daily number since late May. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has warned that restrictions are possible if cases heat up, plans to speak to reporters Thursday. The state reported 610 new cases and 10 additional deaths....

Water shutoff protections extended by Michigan governor

Jul. 8, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Protections to prevent water shutoffs during the coronavirus pandemic are being extended to the end of the year under an order signed Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Since March, 2,477 Michiganders have had their water restored through a grant to help utilities reconnect...

Strong storms pummel Detroit area, cutting power to many

Jul. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Strong storms dumped heavy rain across the Detroit area on Wednesday, flooding freeways and interrupting power to thousands of homes and businesses. DTE Energy said more than 27,000 customers had no electricity shortly before 5 p.m. The southbound Lodge Freeway was completely closed at the...

Michigan fines liquor distributor $3M over supply shortages

Jul. 8, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Wednesday announced a $3 million fine against the state's largest liquor distributor over delays in shipping booze to vendors. NWS Michigan, which does business as Republican National Distributing Co., acknowledged 88 violations of state law to settle an investigation...

Michigan authorizes $115M for businesses hurt by pandemic

Jul. 7, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s economic development board on Tuesday authorized a $115 million grant program for small businesses, nonprofits, farms and agricultural processors hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Entities can start applying July 15. The state will disburse the federal funding...

Michigan COVID-19 deaths pass 6,000; Whitmer watching cases

Jul. 7, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 deaths have surpassed 6,000, the state health department said Tuesday. The state said there have been 6,005 deaths and another 246 that are probable. Michigan reported 30 new deaths Tuesday, although 20 were confirmed through a records review and could...

Firms tied to legislative leader, Senate candidate got loans

Jul. 6, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A company owned by a Michigan legislative leader and one run by a U.S. Senate candidate each received between $1 million and $2 million from a federal rescue program that was created to preserve jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. Jackson-based Orbitform, which was founded by...

Virus is no brake on July 4 lake party in SW Michigan

Jul. 6, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people spent the holiday in swimsuits but no masks a lake in southwestern Michigan, a turnout that disappointed authorities who warn that the coronavirus remains a threat. The virus "doesn’t discriminate,” said Danielle Persky of the Van Buren/Cass...

Group to start veto-proof drive to repeal Whitmer's powers

Jul. 6, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers said Monday that they will begin collecting voter signatures within days for a veto-proof measure that would repeal a law that has given Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broad emergency powers during the pandemic. The ballot committee Unlock Michigan announced its plan after the state...