Author: Zack Pohl

USA Today: President Trump slams Gov. Whitmer as he weighs disaster request for Michigan

President Donald Trump attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the Sean Hannity Show on Fox News Thursday, saying he is weighing a disaster declaration for Michigan, but “it’s not been pleasant” dealing with Whitmer. “We’ve had a big problem with the young, a woman governor from — you know who I’m talking about — from Michigan,” Trump told […]

Lansing State Journal: Whitmer: MSU dean to lead statewide effort to improve health care for people of color

LANSING — The dean of Michigan State University’s College of Nursing will lead a statewide effort to improve health care for people of color, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday at her State of the State address. Dr. Randolph Rasch, who teaches as well as leads the College of Nursing, was the first African American man to get […]

Detroit Free Press: Whitmer announces $3.5-billion road bonding plan in State of the State

LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whose plan for a large gas tax increase was rejected last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature, announced a $3.5-billion borrowing plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads in her second State of the State address Wednesday. She said her plan, which does not require legislative approval, will either add or expand […]

WXYZ: Here’s a list of the executive directives signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer so far

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer continues to sign executive directives during her first year in office. Take a look at the directives below and what each of them means. Executive Directive 2019-01 The first directive she signed directs state of Michigan employees to report health issues, specifically, any imminent threat to public […]

Bridge MI: Michigan Gov. Whitmer on tough first year: ‘I did what I said I was going to’

LANSING –  She’s the popular “fix the damn roads” candidate whose roads plan crashed and burned at the Capitol. A former legislator who clashed with lawmakers. A rising star in national Democratic politics bogged down by political infighting in her own state. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first year in office was, in many ways, defined by another […]

Detroit Free Press: Whitmer tells Trump Michigan will keep welcoming refugees

LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that she wrote a letter informing the federal government that communities in the state will continue welcoming refugees after the Trump administration began requiring written consent. “Michigan has a rich history of welcoming refugees and other immigrants to our state,” the Democrat said in a statement announcing […]

Detroit News: Whitmer signs ‘historic reform’ to treat 17-year-old offenders as juveniles

Lansing — Bills that would treat 17-year-olds in Michigan’s criminal justice system as juveniles instead of adults were signed into law Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in what supporters called a “historic reform.” Michigan joins 46 other states who already treat 17-year-olds as juveniles or are preparing to do so. During a bill signing ceremony at the […]

Bridge MI: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer eases access to welfare in Michigan

LANSING — Low-income Michigan residents can have more money in the bank without losing access to public assistance under new policies announced Thursday by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Beginning Nov. 1, Michigan will allow residents with up to $15,000 in personal assets to remain eligible for cash, food and emergency relief assistance programs, including funding […]

Detroit Free Press: Gretchen Whitmer officially sworn in as Michigan’s 49th governor

LANSING – Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took the oath of office as Michigan’s 49th governor Tuesday, challenging Michiganders to overcome their partisan differences to build a better state, as she said the state’s residents have done previously. More than 2,000 people braved freezing temperatures on a gray and damp day. Rain that drenched and muddied the Capitol grounds overnight […]