Latest Michigan state government News

Michigan agency aims to reduce stress among prison guards

May. 18, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Corrections is trying to address concerns about stress and suicide among corrections officers. Department Director Heidi Washington recently told the Senate Oversight Committee and a subcommittee on justice and public safety that the agency hired a mental...

Man exonerated after 45 years will get $1.5M from Michigan

May. 17, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan man who spent 45 years in prison before he was exonerated of murder will receive $1.5 million from the state, the attorney general's office said Friday. Richard Phillips, 73, was exonerated in 2018, becoming the longest-serving U.S. inmate to be cleared. He's been selling his...

Tax revenue projections largely unchanged since January

May. 17, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration have reached a consensus on revised tax revenue projections that will be used as they work to enact the next state budget. They say revenue estimates for this fiscal year and the next budget year are largely unchanged from...

Michigan governor signs bill to fund recreation projects

May. 17, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation providing $26 million for land purchases and outdoor recreation projects. The payments come from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund , which consists of royalties for development of state-owned oil, natural gas and other...

Michigan governor open to drivers forgoing unlimited benefit

May. 16, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she was open to letting drivers forgo mandatory, unlimited medical benefits covered by their auto insurance premiums, but only if they were still required to buy some level of coverage. The Democrat's position, which she announced...

Man dies in western Michigan corn silo accident

May. 16, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

CASTLETON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police are investigating the death of a western Michigan man who became trapped beneath corn in a silo. They say 72-year-old Robert Othmer of Vermontville was working inside the silo in Castleton Township about 10 a.m. Thursday when he became trapped beneath...

Michigan lawmaker denies cash-for-vote scheme, won't quit

May. 16, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker charged with seeking a bribe from a union said investigators got it wrong and he won't resign. Republican state Rep. Larry Inman is charged with attempted extortion, soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI. Prosecutors say messages show him urging a labor union to...

Michigan House approves e-cigarette ban for minors

May. 15, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation nearing the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would ban minors from using electronic cigarettes, but it is uncertain if she will sign it. The Michigan House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved bills that previously cleared the Senate. The state Department of Health and Human...

Right to Life files paperwork for abortion petition drive

May. 15, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Anti-abortion group Right to Life of Michigan has filed paperwork to begin a petition drive to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure. The organization made the expected announcement Wednesday, a day after the Republican-led Legislature passed bills to prohibit the dilation...

Senate OKs budget that splits with Whitmer on roads, schools

May. 15, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a $58.2 billion spending plan that splits from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposal on big-ticket priorities such as roads and school funding. The voting set the stage for further discussions as GOP leaders and the Democratic...