Governor Gretchen Whitmer

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   President Donald Trump will be campaigning in Michigan Wednesday, on the same day Congress debates impeaching him. 

President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr will all be in the state.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer does not see a problem with the spotlight on Michigan, even with the impeachment debate going on in Washington D.C.

“The world’s going to be watching Michigan and you know what that’s a good thing,” she says.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed all of the state’s budgets for the new spending year – and used up a lot of red ink in the process.

Governor Whitmer says she had to make the 147 line-item vetoes to protect Michigan residents. In a recorded statement on Instagram, Whitmer said the budgets sent to her by the Republican controlled Legislature were, “Built on phony numbers, using funds in the wrong way, usurping executive power. These are important things that I had to eliminate from these budgets.”

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   The owner of an Upper Peninsula vape shop is suing to stop Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's ban on flavored electronic cigarettes, contending the emergency rules are illegal and will force him to close his store. 

Marc Slis, who operates 906 Vapor in Houghton, filed the lawsuit in Houghton County Circuit Court on Wednesday. It is believed to be the first of what could be several legal challenges against Whitmer's ban.

Stores are supposed to start complying with the ban on Oct. 2.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A top Democratic lawmaker says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase is dead, and proposals such as raising the corporate income tax and taxing heavy trucks must be in the mix.
House Minority Leader Christine Greig said Thursday that with majority Republicans vehemently opposing the 45-cent plan, there are alternative ways to raise revenue without having to increase the gas tax by as much.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state lawmakers who are struggling to find consensus on better funding Michigan's roads are bracing for an intense final month of deliberations before the deadline to pass a budget.
Talks continue between the Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders. But with legislators returning from their summer break, there is considerable uncertainty over the path forward — including exactly how much more they may agree to spend, how to go about raising it and how the money would be distributed across the state.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The embattled director of the Michigan Civil Rights Department has taken a leave of absence. 

That’s after Agustin Arbulu resisted calls for him to resign amid findings of misconduct and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission refused to fire him.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is among those who’ve said it’s time for Arbulu to step down. But Whitmer can’t fire the civil rights chief. Under the state constitution, only the Michigan Civil Rights Commission can hire or fire the director.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer began a three-day tour of the Upper Peninsula Tuesday with a stop in Sault Ste. Marie.

Whitmer has been looking at infrastructure around the state, highlighting the need for funding to fix crumbling roads and bridges.

DELHI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says suggestions that she has opened the door to delaying the elimination of debt in Michigan's teacher retirement system to help boost road spending are "overstated."
       The Democrat said Thursday there's "ultimately a long-term cost of pushing off (the) paying off of our debts," and using such a mechanism would mean "we're forgoing opportunities in the future."

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan companies bidding to do work for state government will get more of an edge under a change made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.    She signed the "Michigan Jobs First" directive Monday at a power-line contractor in the Detroit suburb of Roseville.    She says 70% of state contracts are awarded to Michigan businesses — a percentage she wants to increase.    Her directive expands the list of factors to determine if a bid from a potential supplier would provide the best value.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced more than $1 million will go to hospitals to help create better systems for treating people with opioid addiction.

The governor says reducing opioid abuse is a top priority of her administration.

Whitmer says opioid addiction is a large and growing problem. She says one reason is people end up at emergency rooms after they overdose, but they are often released without a follow-up plan.