Governor Gretchen Whitmer

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer is asking lawmakers to reinstate certain employers’ ability to hire new workers who, while working, would still get a $300-a-week unemployment benefit into early September.

The governor is touting Michigan's “workshare” program as a return-to-work incentive as companies struggle to fill jobs amid the pandemic. It provides partial jobless benefits when businesses bring back laid-off employees at reduced hours, or they cut workers’ hours rather than let them go.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer outlined plans Monday to use $1.4 billion dollars in federal COVID-19 funds to expand childcare in Michigan.

The governor traveled to a childcare center in Oakland County to present her plan, some of which will require approval from the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Whitmer said employers need workers as the COVID crisis lifts --- and parents who want to work need someplace for their kids to go. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A task force will look for more ways to change the state’s juvenile justice system to help young offenders avoid jail time and criminal records. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order creating the task force Wednesday.

“We need to start focusing on uplifting our young Michiganders, and treat them with dignity and respect and, first and foremost, recognize that they are children,” Whitmer said. “We cannot allow an early mistake to define the rest of a child’s life, especially if it’s a non-violent offense.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer laid out her plans last week on a COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

This week, she goes to work selling those ideas to skeptical Republicans who control the Legislature. The governor is expected to share more details on her plans as she bargains with legislators on their plans. Republicans have said they’re not interested in using one-time windfalls from Washington to pay for ongoing commitments.

One of the governor’s proposals is an incentive to boost employee pay to $15 an hour for six months.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer outlined economic recovery plans Thursday that include state support for wage hikes and child care.

The plan would use federal dollars to help businesses boost pay rates to $15 an hour for three months to help businesses attract workers. But they would have to promise to continue that pay rate for an additional three months.

She says that would make it easier for low-income people to seek and accept jobs.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has loosened COVID-19 workplace safety rules so fully vaccinated employees can go without a mask and disregard distancing requirements.

Industry-specific regulations are rescinded. Restaurants and bars, for instance, can reopen pool tables and dance floors. Cleaning standards are softer. As expected, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration also has lifted a requirement that employers prohibit onsite work if employees’ jobs can be done remotely, clearing the way for a return to offices.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has rescinded a rule limiting restaurant tables to no more than six people.

The move comes a day after she apologized for ignoring the COVID-19 regulation while gathering with friends at an East Lansing bar. The Democratic governor has said tables at the Landshark Bar & Grill were pushed together as more people arrived in her party of fully vaccinated people.

A revised order no longer includes the six-patrons-per-table provision, effective June 1. The state health department issued it Monday.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan will fully lift outdoor capacity limits on June 1, and starting July 1 end indoor gathering caps that were put in place to curb COVID-19. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the major loosening of economic restrictions Thursday. The state has limited occupancy in restaurants and other venues since March 2020, when the coronavirus first hit.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plans to accelerate a plan that ties the further loosening of coronavirus restrictions to Michigan's vaccination rate, citing the federal government’s recommendation that fully vaccinated people can largely stop wearing masks.

A spokesman says an announcement will come within days. Michigan’s health department says it will urge schools to continue making students, teachers and other staff wear masks for the rest of the academic year even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Whitmer wants feds to intervene in Line 5 case

May 14, 2021

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants the Biden Administration to intervene in a dispute over the closing of a pipeline that carries oil to a significant portion of Canada.

Canadian energy company Enbridge is defying a deadline set by the governor this week to shut down the pipeline. 

Michigan officials say Enbridge’s Line 5 under the narrow Straits of Mackinac is old and could cause a catastrophic leak. 

Enbridge counters that it won’t shut the line down unless a U.S. federal judge orders it, not a Michigan court.