Governor Gretchen Whitmer

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Regulators say Michigan's energy supply and delivery systems are adequate to meet demand, but improvements should be made after extreme winter weather led to electric and natural gas emergencies.

The state Public Service Commission this week submitted an initial 247-page energy assessment to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who requested it after the Jan. 30-31 polar vortex.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says discussions with the Republican-led Legislature on her fuel tax proposal can "start in earnest" now that she has signed a bipartisan auto insurance overhaul.

The Democrat said Thursday she wants a permanent road-funding plan done by the end of June, and the budget finished by the end of July.

She says she will continue pushing her 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase because no alternative has been put on the table, but she is eager to talk about alternatives if they are presented.

Right to Life files paperwork for abortion petition drive

May 16, 2019
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A Pro-Life Advocacy Group in Michigan has filed paperwork to begin a petition drive to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure.  The petition comes after Michigan's Republican-backed Legislature earlier this week voted to ban the “dilation and evacuation method” or “D&E method” of terminating a pregnancy.

Governor and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer responded, telling media outlets that “these decisions should always be made between a woman and her doctor” and that she would veto the legislation when it arrived on her desk.

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A transportation budget advancing in Michigan's Legislature would boost road spending, but far short of the $1.9 billion net increase proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

A Senate-controlled subcommittee approved the bill Tuesday, with Republicans in support and Democrats opposed.

It does not include revenue from the Democratic governor's proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase, which has been rejected by GOP lawmakers. The Senate plan would fully implement 2015 road-funding laws a year earlier, so $132 million more is spent in the next fiscal year.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is ordering a comprehensive review of Michigan's jail and pretrial incarceration system, saying the status quo "isn't working."

Whitmer on Wednesday signed an executive order to begin a bipartisan study of jail and court data. She says jail populations have nearly tripled in the last 35 years and crime is at a 50-year low.

A 21-member task force will work with The Pew Charitable Trusts and make recommendations by year's end.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she's open to allowing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, despite ordering state officials not to act on a tunnel plan developed by her predecessor.

Whitmer told reporters Wednesday in Lansing her goal remains getting Enbridge's Line 5 out of the Straits of Mackinac as quickly as possible.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer was in West Michigan Wednesday kicking off her “Road to Opportunity Tour.” In her state budget proposal released this week it includes raising $2.5 billion dollars over 10-years to fix the state’s roads. One revenue stream is a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike. WGVU’s caught up with Governor Whitmer at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Grand Rapids Wednesday kicking of her post-State of the State Address “Home for Opportunity Tour.” It’s a statewide 50-event tour focusing on fixing the state’s roads and preparing the 21st Century workforce. I spoke with Governor Whitmer during a recording of WGVU-TV’s “West Michigan Week.” 

“We’ve got jobs that are going unfilled today because we have a big skills gap in Michigan and it starts with the education of our kids.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will discuss the magnitude of Michigan's problem with shoddy roads in her first State of the State speech and encourage residents to share their own stories.

The Democrat said Monday that bridges are being held up with temporary supports, and potholes are forcing drivers to pay for repairs with money they need for rent or child care. She is unlikely to outline a road-funding proposal in Tuesday's address, waiting until her March budget presentation.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is closing state government for the third day this week due to winter weather, saying the step is needed to keep people safe.

Essential employees are continuing to work.

Whitmer - who announced Wednesday that state offices will remain closed Thursday - visited the State Emergency Operations Center near Lansing, thanking workers after getting a briefing. The National Weather Service says the extreme cold will last into Thursday. Wind chill factors of minus 40 degrees (negative 40 degree Celsius) can quickly lead to frostbite.

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