Senate Republicans introduced legislation Thursday to ban sanctuary cities in Michigan and stiffen the penalties for certain controlled substances including fentanyl, a move they said would protect communities and address the nation's ongoing border crisis.
Senate Minority Leader Aric Nesbitt and House Minority Leader Matt Hall announced Tuesday they are backing former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra as Michigan Republican Party chair while the ongoing leadership battle nears its end in court.
Two-thirds of the Michigan Senate Republican caucus earlier this month endorsed former President Donald Trump in his bid for returning to the White House.
When it became clear that Democrats would have complete control of Michigan government for the first time in decades, Joe Tate knew his caucus had its marching orders.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer's proposed 2024-25 fiscal year budget is designed to build on the new and expanded state-funded programming and services established during the pandemic-fueled revenue surge but with more modest increases.
The anticipated 100 percent funding of retiree health care obligations for the state's public school employees means the state can reduce its required annual contribution to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System by $670 million in the upcoming 2024-25 fiscal year.
Senate Minority Leader Aric Nesbitt said this week Republican voters are fired up ahead of the 2024 elections with former President Donald Trump the likely GOP nominee, creating a good chance for the party to take back the Michigan House.
Senate Republicans called for the restoration of multiple education policy provisions eliminated by the Legislature last year on Thursday, which Democrats dismissed as being backward-looking.
The new House Democratic majority is entering the election year with $3.5 million on hand while Republicans, who are hoping to take back control in November, have $4.1 million, campaign finance reports due Wednesday showed.
It's not an election year for senators, but their caucus PACs are still boasting fundraising numbers as the Republicans ended 2023 with $2 million on hand and the Democrats $1.7 million.