City hall, county government and the state legislature


Emails trip up municipal officials

State appeals court rules commission members using email to discuss public policy violated Open Meetings Act.

September 22, 2017
A recent unpublished opinion by the Michigan Court of Appeals is a good reminder that deliberation is deliberation, no matter the venue. Read More

Chamber producing roundtable with SBA

September 20, 2017
The local chamber of commerce will host a forum this week with the Small Business Administration on federal regulatory challenges. Read More

Insurer leaves Michigan health exchange, citing volatility

September 19, 2017
One of the nine Michigan insurers that that was planning to sell health insurance on the federal marketplace next year has reversed course, saying Friday that it won't do so due to market uncertainties and volatility. Read More

Law firm hires member

September 18, 2017
A municipal law and labor relations attorney has joined the local office of a national law firm. Read More

The Rapid rolls out transit study

Public transit provider launches public feedback tool for input on system improvements.

September 15, 2017
The Rapid is reaching out for customer input to determine how it will improve its system in the next 10 years. Read More

Study: Auto insurers illegally charge women more in Michigan

September 14, 2017
A group defending Michigan’s auto insurance system said it has uncovered instances of insurers illegally selling more expensive policies to women and widowed drivers, raising questions about state oversight of rating practices as the industry pushes lawmakers to contain high premiums. Read More

District courts offer temporary waiver program

September 13, 2017
District courts in Kent County have announced a short-term program that waives the possibility of incarceration for those with certain types of outstanding warrants for debts to the court. Read More

Michigan National Guard sending 1,000 soldiers to help after Hurricane Irma

September 11, 2017
| By AP
The Michigan National Guard is sending more than 1,000 soldiers to the South to help people affected by Hurricane Irma. Read More

Lawmakers want to shoot down Chinese lanterns

September 8, 2017
LANSING — Americans celebrate holidays by sending things up. Read More

Group launches Michigan ballot drive for $12 minimum wage

September 8, 2017
LANSING — Advocates for restaurant workers have launched a 2018 ballot drive to gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour, saying the growing industry is not paying enough to employees — including those who earn tips. Read More