Gov. Whitmer blocks immigration detention center

February 20, 2019
LANSING — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blocked the sale of a former state prison that was proposed as the site of a privately operated federal immigration detention center, drawing praise from immigrant rights activists and criticism from a Republican lawmaker whose district stood to gain jobs. Read More

Gov. Whitmer delivers State of the State

February 13, 2019
LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has identified two major crises facing Michigan — aging infrastructure and a lagging education system — while promising to soon propose a "real solution" to fix the roads and touting a tuition-free plan that would help high school graduates attend college or get vocational training. Read More

Audit: State should monitor job-creation promises better

February 7, 2019
LANSING — Michigan's economic development arm should better ensure that businesses receiving cash incentives create and keep promised jobs, according to a state audit. Read More

Gov. Whitmer signs directive on public records

February 4, 2019
New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued a directive aimed at making it easier to obtain public documents from state departments, but she stopped short of taking the same action for the governor's office, one of just two nationwide wholly exempt from open-records laws. Read More

Study: Michigan ranks last in school funding growth

January 24, 2019
LANSING — No state has squeezed school spending more in recent decades than Michigan, education researchers say in a study — which attributes the tightening to tax cuts and notes a corresponding drop in student achievement. Read More

Governors: Let states give unemployment to federal workers

January 21, 2019
LANSING —The Democratic governors of Michigan, New York and Washington have asked the Trump administration to let states offer unemployment benefits to federal employees who are working without pay during the partial government shutdown that began a month ago. Read More

MSU names interim president

January 18, 2019
EAST LANSING — Michigan State University’s new temporary leader, Satish Udpa, is a high-ranking but low-profile university administrator and former engineering dean — who was promoted to take the helm until a permanent president is announced in June. Read More

MSU: Engler's resignation is immediate

January 17, 2019
EAST LANSING — Michigan State University's Board of Trustees said the resignation of John Engler as interim president is effective immediately. Read More

Whitmer becomes governor of Michigan

January 2, 2019
LANSING — Gretchen Whitmer has been sworn in as Michigan's 49th governor, promising to cast partisanship aside to fix the roads and other problems facing the state in an era of newly divided government. Read More

Gov. Snyder signs batch of bills

December 31, 2018
LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a variety of bills, including making it a crime to cyberbully, and vetoed others, such as the "baby-box" bill. Read More