Michigan AG will move to shut pipeline in June if no deal

Enviroment 05/29/19, 15:40

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Wednesday she will move in June to shut a Great Lakes oil pipeline if the governor cannot reach a resolution with operator Enbridge, saying the state is in "great peril" the longer the oil continues to flow under a sensitive waterway.Nessel revealed her timeline ...

Whitmer: Care for injured drivers will ‘still be there’

Health 05/28/19, 16:24

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday defended a pending overhaul of Michigan's auto insurance law, saying treatment for injured drivers will "still be there" if they forego what has been a one-of-its-kind, mandatory unlimited personal injury protection benefit.The Democrat, who will sign the legislation as soon as this week, told The ...

Michigan’s governor, lawmakers reach deal on auto insurance

Politics 05/24/19, 08:48

Michigan's Democratic governor and Republican leaders announced Friday morning that they've reached an agreement on legislation to cut the country's highest insurance premiums. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement that the "agreement in concept" will "will lower costs and protect coverage for Michigan drivers." Details weren't immediately released, but she ...

Billionaire starts ballot drive to cut Michigan car premiums

Business 05/20/19, 15:11

Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert is starting a ballot drive as a "failsafe" in case Michigan's Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer do not enact legislation to cut the country's highest auto insurance premiums.The move, confirmed Monday by Gilbert's top lobbyist, would enable GOP lawmakers to overhaul the no-fault law ...

Funeral service set for civil rights icon Judge Damon Keith

U.S. 05/13/19, 04:34

Flags are being lowered and federal court offices are closed for the day in parts of Michigan to honor prominent Judge Damon J. Keith , who was a figure in the civil rights movement.A funeral service for Keith is Monday at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit.Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ...

Michigan on verge of showdown over high car insurance rates

Business 05/11/19, 09:17

The state with the highest car insurance premiums in the country is on the verge of a political showdown over long-running efforts to cut rates by reining in generous medical benefits.Auto-friendly Michigan, which is among a dozen "no-fault" states where drivers must buy personal injury protection, is the only one ...

Whitmer orders study of insurers’ use of non-driving factors

Health 05/01/19, 17:32

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday ordered a review of how Michigan's auto insurers use non-driving factors such as education and credit scores to set premiums that rank among the nation's highest.The Democrat's directive also includes an examination of how insurers price policies that coordinate medical coverage with drivers' health insurance, ...

Judges: Michigan must redraw congressional, legislative maps

Politics 04/25/19, 15:25

A three-judge federal panel ruled Thursday that Michigan's congressional and legislative maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered for partisan gain, ordering the state Legislature to redraw at least 34 districts for the 2020 election. The decision also requires special state Senate elections to be held in 2020, instead of 2022 as scheduled. It ...

Michigan Senate OKs state ban on e-cigarettes for minors

Health 04/23/19, 17:16

Michigan lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban minors from using electronic cigarettes, hoping new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is more receptive than her predecessor, who vetoed the legislation because it would have kept the products from being regulated like tobacco.Two bills were approved unanimously by the Republican-led Senate and sent to the ...

Michigan governor open to allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

Enviroment 04/17/19, 12:56

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she's open to allowing construction of an oil transport tunnel beneath the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, despite previously halting work on a tunnel plan developed by her predecessor.Whitmer told reporters she wanted as quickly as possible to shut down Enbridge's ...

Michigan governor halts Great Lakes pipeline tunnel project

Business 03/28/19, 18:52

A law that Michigan's Republican-led Legislature hurriedly passed during a lame-duck session in December authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking lakes Huron and Michigan is unconstitutional, the state's Democratic attorney general said Thursday.Shortly after Dana Nessel issued her first legal opinion since taking office in ...

Presidential contender Gillibrand to campaign in Michigan

New York 03/14/19, 11:49

Democratic presidential contender Kirsten Gillibrand will campaign in Michigan next week.The U.S. senator from New York will join Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday at a meet-and-greet event hosted by Fems for Dems in Clawson in vote-rich Oakland County in suburban Detroit. Earlier in the day, Gillibrand will participate in ...

Senate leader trashes Whitmer’s ‘stupid’ business tax plan

Business 03/06/19, 18:28

A top Republican lawmaker on Wednesday strongly criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposal to raise taxes on some businesses to help ease the burden on retirees, calling it "stupid."The Democrat's budget proposal would reverse parts of a tax rewrite enacted by former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP-led Legislature in ...

‘Terrible idea’: Michigan’s Democratic governor pushes an enormous gas tax increase

U.S. 03/06/19, 11:41

Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is proposing what some opponents are calling a draconian gas tax increase to fix the state’s crumbling road infrastructure. Whitmer’s budget proposal will include a 45-cent gas tax increase, which would be phased in over three separate intervals, the governor’s spokeswoman Tiffany Brown told reporters Monday. The rate would ...

Governor’s plan to make Michigan fuel taxes nation’s highest

Business 03/05/19, 12:35

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Tuesday for nearly tripling Michigan's per-gallon gasoline tax — and making the state home to the country's highest fuel taxes — in order to improve aging roads that she warned would only get worse without a major influx of new spending.The $2.5 billion plan would ...

Whitmer, citing ‘inefficiencies,’ reshapes pot licensing

Business 03/01/19, 13:29

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday eliminated Michigan's medical marijuana licensing board and folded its functions into a newly created agency, citing "inefficiencies" since the state began more tightly regulating the market.The Democrat issued an order establishing the Marijuana Regulatory Agency. It will take effect April 30 unless it is rejected ...

Whitmer will use current incentives to aid Fiat Chrysler

Business 02/27/19, 16:08

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that Michigan's incentives for Fiat Chrysler to add 6,500 jobs in the state will not require legislative approval.She said the state will use existing economic development programs to assist the automaker's planned $4.5 billion expansion, which was announced Tuesday. Details will be provided at an ...

Michigan lawmakers block Whitmer order in rare move

Business 02/14/19, 11:37

Republican lawmakers on Thursday blocked Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's order that would restructure the state environmental agency — the first time legislators have rejected a gubernatorial executive order since 1977.The GOP-led Senate voted 22-16 against the order, criticizing her attempt to abolish new rule-making and permitting panels, and to investigate ...

Whitmer says roads, education in crisis; touts tuition plan

Business 02/12/19, 22:24

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday identified two major crises facing Michigan — aging infrastructure and a lagging education system — while promising to soon propose a "real solution" to fix the roads and touting a tuition-free plan that would help high school graduates attend college or get vocational training.The Democrat, ...

Update: Whitmer to start ‘opportunity’ tour after speech

Business 02/12/19, 18:31

The Latest on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State speech (all times local):6:30 p.m.Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will kick off a 50-event tour across Michigan following her first State of the State speech, starting in Grand Rapids with a focus on fixing the roads and making sure the workforce is ...

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