Latest Gretchen Whitmer News

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...

Michigan lawmakers advance measure to end 'tampon tax'

Oct. 14, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House advanced legislation Thursday that would eliminate sales taxes on menstrual products, bringing the state one step closer to abolishing the so-called “tampon tax.” The legislation, if passed by the Senate...

Michigan Republicans OK tougher voting rules; gov to veto

Oct. 14, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Thursday approved tougher voter ID requirements and a ban against mass mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications, finalizing bills that will be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Oct. 13, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Oct. 8 The Los Angeles Times on the danger of turning the debt limit into political theater: Congratulations to Congress for avoiding economic catastrophe for...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Oct. 11, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

Detroit News. Oct. 9, 2021. Editorial: Treaty should take Whitmer out of Line 5 fight Gov. Gretchen Whitmer finds herself in a place where a Michigan governor should not be — at the center of an international treaty dispute with America’s closest...

Part of I-94 in SW Michigan named for worker killed on road

Oct. 10, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A portion of Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan will be named for a state road employee who was killed by stray tires in 2019. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill to honor Kevin White. “His tragic death is a...

Whitmer vetoes bill to ease restrictions on feeding birds

Oct. 08, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a bill that would have protected people from possible legal action if they fed birds in areas where deer and elk roam. Whitmer said the bill conflicted with state efforts to keep the animals from congregating and...

Today in History

Oct. 08, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2021. There are 84 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 8, 1985, the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro (ah-KEE’-leh...

Whitmer proposes $6.3M to reduce backlog of felony cases

Oct. 07, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed spending $6.3 million in federal rescue funding to reduce a backlog of felony cases in Michigan courts that was caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The governor's office said there are more than 6,200...