Rick Pluta

The National Transportation Safety Board blames human error and equipment failures for an anchor strike that dented the Line Five pipelines. Attorney General Dana Nessel says the report is evidence the twin pipelines needs to be removed from the Great Lakes.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has plans to meet with Enbridge Energy officials this week to try to reach an understanding on the future of Line Five. That’s the oil and gas line that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Governor Whitmer’s position is Line 5 needs to be shut down and the path for moving oil and gas should not run through the Great Lakes. Attorney General Dana Nessel, who like Whitmer is a Democrat, has set an end-of-June deadline for a deal to remove the pipeline.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer says people’s safety is at stake in the debate over road funding. As The governor has called for a 45-cent increase in the fuel tax to pay for repairs.


       The leader of the state Senate says he’s looking to change Michigan’s strict term limits law.


       The annual Detroit Regional Chamber conference brings together the state’s business and political leaders. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey surprised the crowd when he announced he’s looking to change the term limit amendment in the state constitution.

               “Personally, I’d like to see an elimination of term limits, but I’m not sure we can accomplish that.”


Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a law today (Thu.) that aims to reduce auto insurance rates. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, it caps Michigan’s previously unlimited personal injury protections that pay for medical care.

Democrats and Republicans have been divided for decades on the best way to bring down Michigan’s high auto insurance costs. Whitmer signed the bill…            

“And it is so…” (applause)


Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has issued an opinion that says a law adopted late last year by the Legislature is not constitutional. The law makes it harder for petition campaigns to put political questions directly to voters.

The law was adopted by Republicans in the Legislature before it was signed by then-Governor Rick Snyder.

The opinion from Nessel – a Democrat – says the law violates multiple provisions of the state Constitution.


               State Representative Larry Inman has been booted from closed-door planning sessions with fellow House Republicans. That’s following his indictment on charges of soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI.

The indictment says Inman tried to squeeze a prospective donor for campaign contributions in exchange for his vote on a contentious labor issue. Republican House members disowned Inman in a closed-door meeting.
                Republican Lee Chatfield is the also the House Speaker.

“He has lost the faith and trust of the Republican caucus.”


An international trade war could reduce how much money Michigan has to spend on roads, schools, and health care.
                That’s the word from economists who testified today before a state budget panel.


State Representative Larry Inman (IN’-men) says he will not resign his seat as he faces federal charges of soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for votes by fellow lawmakers.

Inman is a Republican from Willamsburg just outside Traverse City.

       He is accused of soliciting campaign donations in a failed effort to get money for Republicans who agreed to vote against repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage laws. Inman is also accused of lying to the FBI.

Republicans in the state Legislature have set the stage for a showdown with Governor Gretchen Whitmer over bills to outlaw an abortion procedure.

Republican called votes in the House and the Senate on bills to ban the dilation-and-evacuation procedure.

Democrats including state Representative Mari Manoogian voted “no.”

“Decisions about women’s health care should be made by women and their physicians, not politicians.”

Governor Whitmer says the bills will be vetoed if any reach her desk.