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Brinks: Transparency Needed To Avoid Repeat Of Chatfield Charges
Friday, April 19, 2024

State transparency laws need to be reviewed and improved upon but in a way that enables them to have teeth, Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks said this week.

Nessel Again Calls To Legislature To Enact Slush Fund Ethics Reforms
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Criminal financial charges filed Tuesday against former Speaker Lee Chatfield and his wife, Stephanie Chatfield, have again led to the state's top law enforcement agent to plead for legislative ethics and transparency reforms regarding political dark money accounts, nonprofits and other accounts commonly called slush funds.

First-ever Financial Disclosures In; Specifics Lacking
Monday, April 15, 2024

Lawmakers and statewide officers were required to file financial disclosures on Monday for the first time in state history, though the specifics of the filings were limited as officials for the most part don't need to report specific amounts of income.

Whitmer, Political Leaders Tout Hotel-Motel Tax Bill In West Michigan
Monday, April 15, 2024

GRAND RAPIDS – Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Monday that the hotel-motel tax bill signed earlier this month would strengthen Kent County's economy and increase its placemaking abilities with a potential new amphitheater and soccer stadium – a facility she hoped would be grand enough to even attract her favorite fictional TV football-turned-fútbol coach.

Whitmer: New Reproductive Health Policies Not The Priority In '24
Thursday, April 11, 2024

BATTLE CREEK – Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that although she supports continuing to expand and protect abortion access in Michigan, that isn't her focus right now.

In New National PFAS Standard, Advocates See Hard-Won Victory
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

A year after the death of her husband, Sandy Wynn-Stelt found out her home's water supply was contaminated with PFAS, the so-called "forever chemicals" associated with a host of side effects. A blood test revealed she had over 750 times the national average amount of PFAS in her bloodstream, due to a waste dumping site from a local tannery near her home in Belmont.

Trump Hammers Biden On Immigration; Dems Call MI Visit Political
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

GRAND RAPIDS – Former President Donald Trump shredded his Democratic opponent's immigration policy Tuesday, calling the nation's southern border a mess that is leading to carnage in Michigan and across the nation at the hands of people in the country illegally.

Whitmer Signs Hotel-Motel Tax Bill
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

A bill passed by the Legislature in 2023 was finally signed into law Tuesday by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Whitmer Signs Surrogacy, IVF Protection Package
Monday, April 1, 2024

ROYAL OAK – Surrounded by families who relied on surrogacy and IVF to get pregnant, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the Family Protection Act in Royal Oak on Monday.

Brinks, Whitmer Condemn Trump's GR Visit In the Wake Of Garcia Murder
Monday, April 1, 2024

ROYAL OAK – Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks said Monday that Republicans are using the slaying of a Grand Rapids resident as a political talking point and should be ashamed.

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