Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

This weekend Gov. Whitmer made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows to talk about her concerns surrounding the lack of adequate COVID-19 testing as it relates to being able to reopen the economy. Whitmer is holding a news conference today at 3pm.  

You can watch it live here. 

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan will offer cash-strapped bars and restaurants relief by buying back their liquor inventory during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order late Monday authorizing the program.

She also is delaying the expiration of valid driver’s licenses and state ID cards.

And she is extending a measure to keep intact a prohibition against dine-in service at restaurants and to continue the closure of many places of public ccommodation through April 30.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump's allies are trying to contain a politically risky election year fight with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as he struggles to navigate presidential politics during a global pandemic.

Both sides have tried to de-escalate this week.

Trump's supporters in particular sought to downplay tensions that ratcheted up after Trump called the Democratic governor “Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer" and charged she “doesn't have a clue" how to handle the health crisis.

NEW: Trump Declares Major Disaster In Michigan Amid Pandemic

Mar 26, 2020
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UPDATE (Posted March 28 at 1:30pm):

President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for Michigan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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DETROIT (AP) — Two men, one from Macomb County and one from Kent County, have died from complications due to the coronavirus, bringing the number of fatalities in Michigan to eight.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel announced Saturday night that a 52-year-old man with underlying health conditions died at a hospital in Clinton Township. 

In Kent County, the local health department released a statement that confirmed the death of a 71-year-old man, also with underlying health conditions. 

UPDATE: 'Disaster Relief' Child Care Centers Being Created In Michigan

Mar 13, 2020


DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is relaxing licensing rules so employers and schools can quickly create “disaster relief” child care centers during the coronavirus emergency.

The facilities will prioritize slots for workers in certain essential fields like health care and law enforcement.

Whitmer's order Wednesday came after officials said a man in his 50s who had COVID-19 died at a Detroit-area hospital. It's the first coronavirus death in Michigan.

Meanwhile, Detroit's three automakers agreed to close all U.S. factories due to virus fears. The U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential travel.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer Endorses Biden Days Before Primary

Mar 5, 2020


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is backing Joe Biden for president days before the state's Democratic primary.

Whitmer's endorsement gives the former vice president another boost after his Super Tuesday success. Whitmer had not planned to endorse a candidate but told The Associated Press on Thursday that Biden “showed up for the people of Michigan" when they needed him.

Berrien County Debates Becoming A Gun Sanctuary

Feb 13, 2020
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Berrien County will not be following in the footsteps of other Michigan counties that have declared themselves gun sanctuaries. But the board of commissioners did emphasize their duty to uphold the constitution at a heated meeting Thursday.

Michigan Governor To Take National Stage To Rebut Trump

Feb 4, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats are putting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the national stage Tuesday to rebut President Donald Trump's State of the Union message. Whitmer says she will touch on the impeachment proceedings in Washington when she delivers the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. But she says most of her 10-minute rebuttal will focus on issues such as healthcare and education. 


By elevating a fresh face and casting an election-year spotlight on the Midwest, the party looks to win back states Trump narrowly captured.

Whitmer Will Deliver The Democratic State Of The Union Response From E. Lansing H.S.

Feb 3, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats are putting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the national stage Tuesday to rebut President Donald Trump's State of the Union message. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the Democrats’ State of the Union response from East Lansing High School. The response will follow President Donald Trump’s address in Washington.

By elevating a fresh face and casting an election-year spotlight on the Midwest, the party looks to win back states Trump narrowly captured.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan will borrow $3.5 billion to rebuild state highways and bridges over five years.

She calls it a responsible way to start fixing deteriorating roads after the Republican-led Legislature rejected her proposed fuel tax hike.

The Democrat unveiled the bonding plan during her second annual State of the State speech on Wednesday.

She says it will enable the state to do about twice as much construction on I-, U.S.- and M-numbered routes as it can now.

Michigan Will Create A Statewide Mental Health Hotline

Jan 28, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will create a statewide mental health hotline under legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The telephone referral system will be available 24 hours a day, seven days of week and refer people experiencing a mental health crisis to service providers.

A spending law approved in 2018 included $3 million to develop, operate and maintain a hotline pilot program.

The new law, which was enacted Monday and takes effect in three months, will expand that program statewide.

Today it was announced that Michigan's Democratic Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, will deliver her party's response following President Trump's State of the Union address.

Michigan Governor Urges Facebook To Curb Hate Speech

Jan 18, 2020

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should do more to curb hate speech on the platform, days after a page was shut down over racist, misogynistic posts advocating violence against Muslims and female Democrats.

Whitmer went on social media Friday to post a letter she sent to Zuckerberg.

The creator of the anti-Whitmer group deactivated it after the Metro Times in Detroit began asking questions.

Jail Task Force Urges Overhaul Of Michigan Bail System

Jan 14, 2020
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A task force says Michigan should reclassify many traffic offenses as civil infractions, release more defendants before trial without requiring them to pay money and take other steps to reduce jail populations that tripled in under 40 years.

The 21-member group was created by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with support from Republican legislative leaders.

It delivered its findings and 18 recommendations to lawmakers Tuesday.

UPDATE: Drastic Steps May Be Needed To Clean Up Green Ooze In Michigan

Dec 31, 2019
The Michigan Department of Transportation


Michigan environmental officials say drastic steps may be needed to clean-up chemicals that produced a green ooze in portions of Macomb County.


Whitmer Tells Trump Michigan Will Keep Welcoming Refugees

Dec 14, 2019

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the state will continue welcoming refugees.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to ensure that Michigan's 6% sales and use taxes are collected on more items sold through websites such as Wayfair, Overstock and Amazon.

The laws could generate an additional $90 million in revenue per year, mostly for public schools.

The laws require “marketplace facilitators” such as eBay to remit sales and use taxes on behalf of independent sellers that work through their sites.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says no public money should go to private or parochial schools --  even for the costs of complying with state mandates. 

The governor and the state schools superintendent filed a brief today with the Michigan Supreme Court.

They agree with a challenge that says the funding violates the state constitution's ban on public money going directly or indirectly to non-public schools. The only exception is to pay for transporting students.   

Michigan GOP Leader Uses Expletive To Call Governor 'Crazy'

Nov 22, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican legislative leader in Michigan apologized Thursday for using an expletive to describe Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as crazy, saying it was "disrespectful and unnecessary."

Whitmer Signs Bills To Treat 17-Year-Olds As Juveniles

Oct 31, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to raise the age at which offenders are treated as adults in the criminal justice system, from 17 to 18 years old.

The move Thursday means Michigan will no longer be among just four states to consider 17-year-olds as adults. The change will take effect in two years.

Supporters of the bills say putting 17-years-olds in the adult system can harm them for life, affecting their ability to get a job and making it more likely they will re-offend.

Michigan Governor's Office

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration and seven unions have tentatively agreed to two-year deals that will boost state employees' pay by 6%.

State spokesman Kurt Weiss said Monday the wage and benefit agreements were reached within recent days.

He declined to release details until contracts are ratified, but the Michigan Corrections Organization said its members will get a 3% raise in the 2020-21 fiscal year and a 3% increase in the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Limiting 'Forever Chemicals' In Water In Michigan

Oct 12, 2019
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration is proceeding with plans to set limits on "forever chemicals" in drinking water.

The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy announced Friday that it is moving forward with formal rule-making for certain PFAS compounds.

The draft regulations, including maximum contaminant levels for seven types of PFAS, are based on recommendations made by a science advisory workgroup in June.

Michigan Governor Heads Back To Benton Harbor

Jul 10, 2019
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has traveled to Benton Harbor for a second time to meet with school board members to discuss how to potentially avoid closing the city's high schools.

Whitmer and Benton Harbor Area School board leaders met Tuesday afternoon to discuss future steps after the school board last week rejected her revised plan that would require the high school to close in 2020 if the district didn't meet certain academic and financial benchmarks.

Michigan Governor Sends Letter To Benton Harbor School Leaders

Jun 18, 2019

Today Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to Benton Harbor school leaders acknowledging that she understands the Board has voted not to accept the state's proposal to close Benton Harbor High School.

Whitmer goes on to say that she believes the state proposal has merit and that "doing nothing is not an option." 

She says that "given substantial efforts by the Board to begin crafting a plan" she is looking forward to working toward a solution.

The letter goes on to say that the documents that the Benton Harbor school leaders submitted last week are being reviewed and that the state will be "in touch by the end of this week" to schedule a meeting. 

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The Benton Harbor Area School Board held a special meeting Monday night to discuss a plan to keep the city’s high school open.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration says Benton Harbor schools are $18-million in debt and could run out of money next year. She says the high school needs to shut down to save money. 

The district’s school board says it has an alternate plan, which it will formally submit to the governor on Wednesday. 

Roosevelt Bell is a resident who spoke. He says the parts of the plan that have been made public are not specific enough. 

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer listened for more than two hours Wednesday night as Benton Harbor community members implored her not to close their high school.

NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday will sign legislation to forgive Michigan schools from rescheduling up to four snow days that occurred during an artic deep freeze.

Michigan Governor Open To Allowing Great Lakes Oil Tunnel

Apr 17, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — 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.

Gillibrand Holding A Michigan Town Hall

Mar 18, 2019

Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand holds a televised town hall meeting in Metro Detroit today.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will join Gillibrand at another event in the state.

 Gillibrand’s town hall meeting in Auburn Hills will be taped and broadcast tonight on M-S-N-B-C.