Michigan News

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive Recognizing and Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis, Creates the Black Leadership Advisory Council

Today Governor Gretchen took action to elevate Black voices in state government, signing Executive Order 2020-163, which creates the Black Leadership Advisory Council. The governor also signed Executive Directive 2020-9, recognizing racism as a public health crisis and taking initial steps to address it within state government. Under the Executive […]

Michigan AG Concedes Defeat On Enbridge Tunnel

Enbridge Energy won a major victory Wednesday when Attorney General Dana Nessel unexpectedly reversed course and declined to appeal a Court of Appeals ruling holding that a 2018 law setting up an authority to oversee the construction, maintenance and operation of a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house […]

Whitmer to reimpose limits in Northern Michigan

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is pulling back the reins in Michigan’s northern regions that have so far enjoyed looser COVID-19 restrictions than lower Michigan but also reopening Detroit’s three casinos. Whitmer issued an executive order Wednesday that reopens the casinos at 15% capacity Aug. 5.The order also reimposes restrictions starting Friday for […]

Wolf population rises in the Upper Peninsula

State wildlife officials say the wolf population in the Upper Peninsula remains “healthy and stable.” The Department of Natural Resources completed its biennial wolf survey between December and March. Cody Norton is a DNR large carnivore specialist. He says the survey estimates there are at least 695 wolves in the […]

$600 Weekly Federal Benefit Ending July 25

The Unemployment Insurance Agency today provided information to Michigan workers on the expiration of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) program, which has been providing an additional $600 benefit each week to those receiving unemployment benefits. Michigan’s weekly unemployment benefit of up to $362 will continue for those eligible for […]

Whitmer: Enbridge dodging responsibility for potential spill

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer criticized Enbridge Inc. on Wednesday for what she described as the company’s refusal to make an airtight pledge to pay for damages caused by a potential oil spill from its pipeline beneath a Great Lakes channel. The Democratic governor’s administration is […]

Violence erupts in Michigan over state mask mandate ‘powder keg’

Bridge Magazine – Tensions over Michigan’s face mask mandate erupted into violence Tuesday, culminating in a fatal police shooting.  It was the second death connected to confrontations over face masks since the pandemic struck Michigan, and the latest incident reflecting the growing, potentially explosive divisions between those who believe Gov. […]

Gov Whitmer makes it mandatory masks be worn in public

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-147, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Most significantly, the order requires any business that is open to the […]