A total of $125 million in emergency funding was approved by the Michigan Legislature for COVID-19 response.
FOX 2 sat down with Gov. Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Gilchrest to discuss several topics of the day, including who they will be voting for president, their thoughts on the country's response to coronavirus and how they feel about State Sen. Lucido's reprimand.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is staying proactive on the coronavirus threat as she opened the state emergency center last week and appointed four new task forces this week to address the economic, educational and health implications of this disease if it hits here.
It was the perfect political trifecta for Biden as Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and now Mike Bloomberg have endorsed him meaning all the votes that when to them, most will likely end up in the Biden column next week in Michigan.
"When she started out, I was very optimistic when she said we don't want Lansing to become like Washington is, and that was really encouraging," said Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Township). "And then in the next breath she blamed everything on the Republicans."
The Democrat unveiled the bonding plan during her second annual State of the State speech to lawmakers. It will enable the state Department of Transportation to do about twice as much construction on I-, U.S.- and M-numbered routes as it can now, she said. The funds would not be used to repair local roads.
Lawmakers continued conversations regarding the toxic site adjacent to Interstate 696 in Madison Heights.
Macomb County State Senator Peter Lucido told Allison Donahue of the Michigan Advance in front of a group of visiting boys from De La Salle High School that she could have, "A lot of fun with them" or "They could have a lot of fun with her."
A new bill introduced in the State Senate would amend Michigan's distracted driving laws, broadening what would be illegal while operating a vehicle.
With the Michigan Legislature returning to session, finding a new source for funding new road funding is top of mind for the governor and lawmakers.
Gov. Whitmer said she had a commitment from GOP leaders in 2019 there would be legislative support for a gas tax increase after signing their no-fault plan. House Speaker Lee Chatfield said that isn't true.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's second State of the State Address will be 7 p.m. Jan. 29.
Michigan Values Life, an anti-abortion group has submitted a petition with almost 380,000 voter signatures to the state, in an effort to prohibit a second-trimester abortion procedure.
Gov. Whitmer has voted legislation that would have overturned Michigan's ban on bating deer or elk. While the restriction is used to reduce the spread of animal diseases, the bill's sponsor said the regulation pushed hunters away from the sport.
Michigan's sports betting and internet gaming bills are making their way through the legilsatur and are expected to be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer soon.
After three months of a budget stalemate, the governor is working with state lawmakers to restore over 550 million dollars in cuts to state services, including money for programs supporting children in need and sheriff patrols around the state.
The Michigan legislature and Governor Gretchen Whitmer could be just days away from legalizing sports betting and internet gambling in Michigan.
A new package of bills introduced at the legislature is taking a different avenue to fixing Michigan’s deteriorating roads - and it has nothing to do with raising the state’s taxes. Instead, more than a dozen proposals and bills introduced by the members of the state’s transportation committee would free up Michigan’s local governments to collect their own gas and registration taxes that would go directly to roads managed by those bodies.
Last November, voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of proposition 2, Voters Not Politicians. The ballot initiative was directed at curbing partisan gerrymandering, the process of lawmakers redrawing district lines that benefits a certain political party. Lawmakers redraw district lines after every census, which takes place every 10 years. However, Michigan's doing it a little bit differently this time. Instead, 13 randomly-selected residents from Michigan will be responsible for drawing those boundary lines.
State lawmakers are close to ending Michigan's status as one of the few states where 17-year-old offenders are automatically prosecuted as adults. The state Senate overwhelmingly approved bills Wednesday, a day after the House voted. The legislation is expected to soon go to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her likely signature.