Latest Michigan State Legislature News

Ford receives $101M incentive package to expand in Michigan

Jun. 27, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers approved a $101 million incentive package for Ford Motor Co. for a planned project that will create 3,030 jobs and $1.16 billion in manufacturing facility investments throughout the state. The tax-funded incentive will be paid in increments...

Michigan tax revenue estimates revised upward by $5B

May. 20, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's short-term budget outlook became even rosier Friday, when economists revised projected tax revenues upward by a combined $5 billion over two years. The new estimates will be used by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature...

Legislature again OKs tax cuts; Whitmer floats $500 rebate

May. 19, 2022 20:30 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Both Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Michigan Legislature proposed new plans to cut taxes Thursday but remained at odds over the scope and immediacy of any relief. Whitmer called for a one-time $500 election-year rebate for “working...

Michigan expands state's victims fund, increases payouts

May. 19, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed expansions to Michigan's crime victim compensation fund, which ranks worst in the nation for application rates, according to the Alliance for Safety and Justice. Hurdles in the state’s laws for victims and their...

Michigan Legislature puts term limits proposal on ballot

May. 10, 2022 15:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters in November will decide whether to revise some of the country's strictest legislative term limits and require state elected officials to report information about their finances to avoid conflicts of interest. The Legislature on Tuesday unveiled...

Group: Michigan Legislature should put term limits on ballot

May. 09, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group gathering signatures to change Michigan's term limits law on Monday urged the Legislature to directly put the initiative on the ballot, saying it would give voters more time to assess the proposal. The ballot committee Voters for Transparency and Term...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

May. 09, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

Detroit News. May 4, 2022. Editorial: Wait for High Court’s final abortion ruling We got a taste this week of the predicted public uproar that would follow the U.S. Supreme Court overturning its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. But a leaked draft signaling the...

Michigan looks to fix the state's affordable housing problem

May. 07, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Rents and housing prices are increasing in Michigan while existing housing infrastructure is in need of updates to improve energy efficiency and eliminate outdated toxic building materials, according to a coalition of groups who this past week proposed $1.6 billion in...

Michigan lawmaker gets probation, fines for drunken driving

May. 06, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who pleaded guilty to driving drunk was sentenced to probation and fined Friday. Rep. Mary Cavanagh, 30, received the recommended sentence of a $500 fine plus other fines, a 10-day work program, two years of probation and must appear for...

New Michigan law expands access to child abuse registry

May. 06, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law a measure expanding access to a Michigan child abuse registry, after seven years of pushing by the mother of a victim of abuse at the hands of a caregiver with previous convictions. “It’s like winning the Stanley...