Latest Gretchen Whitmer News

GOP uses voters to push election reforms in unlikely states

Oct. 23, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have succeeded this year in passing a range of voting restrictions in states they control politically, from Georgia to Iowa to Texas. They're not stopping there. Republicans in at least four states where Democrats control 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...

Michigan official: Benton Harbor water woes 'inexcusable'

Oct. 21, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

State officials on Thursday defended their response to a lead crisis in a small southwestern Michigan city, telling lawmakers that steps to reduce corrosion in aging water pipes began in 2019, just a few months after tests revealed troubling results. Benton Harbor...

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. ...

Gov. Whitmer vetoes 2 more election-related bills

Oct. 15, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer again vetoed election bills Friday, blocking proposals that would accelerate the state's review of ballot initiatives and change the process for canceling the registrations of dead voters. The Democrat said the legislation...

Michigan governor orders urgent response to lead crisis

Oct. 14, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday ordered a “whole-of-government” response to elevated levels of lead in tap water in the southwestern Michigan city of Benton Harbor and vowed to accelerate the replacement of its lead pipes. Her directive that...