The budget calls for universal pre-k and school meals, a field trip for every 4th grader, and a waiving of the sales tax on electric vehicle purchases.
Michigan Democrats moved closer to approving an earlier date for the state's presidential primary, which could have big implications for national politics and the state.
“I hope this is not a case of Speaker Tate just simply allowing his members to violate CDC guidelines simply because he has a thin majority," Beeler said. "My hope is that it was an oversight, but I think that remains to be seen."
Many wondered how long Michigan Democrats would take to introduce their bills. It appears they're not waiting at all, which could set up a major fight with state Republicans.
"It is significant that the gavel is changing hands from Republicans to Democrats," she said. "People who in the past have been excluded from these halls of power due to race, religion, sexual orientation are now senators."
When Mike Shirkey and Lee Chatfield said they wouldn't work to overturn Michigan's election, Trump posted the lawmakers' personal cell phone numbers online.
In the past two elections, Democrats in Michigan gained a majority of votes but it was Republicans who controlled the government. The 2022 midterm revealed what kind of impact fair maps can have on an election.
“I think there’s a real opportunity to put our values into practice," Tate said of Democrats in control of state leadership in Lansing. "Whether it’s pocketbook issues, making sure families can put food on their table, investing in education, and child care."
Democrats haven't controlled the state House, Senate, and governor's office at the same time in 38 years.
The Supreme Court's monumental ruling on abortion has put the spotlight on state governments and the partisan lean they now have following decades of gerrymandering.
The bill had widescale bipartisan support during its second trip through the Michigan legislature.
Term limits in Michigan allow for no more than 14 years in the legislature. Supporters of changing the rule say the length of time in the legislature made law making more difficult.
Mary Cavanagh was stopped by Livonia police after driving on two flat tires with a blood alcohol level of .17 - more than twice the legal limit in Michigan. It was her second instance of drunk driving.
Mary Cavanagh helped create legislation allowing people to petition a judge to expunge their first-time drunk driving offenses. She will not benefit from that new law, as this is her second drunk driving conviction.
"If you have a complaint against an attorney, you go to the attorney grievance commission, if you have a complaint against a judge - go judicial. If you have a complaint against a legislator where do you go? We have to police ourselves and that gives us that opportunity."
Members of the House Democratic Caucus held a press conference today, calling for the creation of a special committee to investigate the activities of former House Speaker Lee Chatfield.
Months after the state eliminated its tampon tax, lawmakers sought to make raising children more affordable by eliminating the sales tax on diapers.
"I do not think the state is being served well by the House of Representatives that is by and large what's a large revolving door today," Duggan said. "We are backing what the people support, and we're reducing the term from 14 years to 12 years."
The bill includes creating a $1 billion school modernization fund and an array of one-time spending plans due to the state's $7 billion balance carried over into the new year.
Laurie Oleska will be one of many in Lansing Tuesday as state lawmakers introduce a bill aimed at helping survivors of serious car crashes and their home health care providers.