Capitol Connection

Abigail Censky, WKAR politics & government reporter
Credit Lindsay Wilkinson Photography

From the Statehouse to Capitol Hill, WKAR is committed to explaining how lawmakers decisions affect Michiganders. Look, read, and listen here for conversations with people across Michigan about what drives their vote. Politics and Government Reporter Abigail Censky will be talking to politicians, Michiganders and 2020 hopefuls to bring you the people behind Michigan politics.

Stories in this section also come from the MPRN Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, MPRN Capitol Correspondent Cheyna Roth and the Associated Press.

Gretchen Whitmer
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the next state budget Monday hours before the deadline to fund government, while using line-item vetoes to block nearly $1 billion in spending proposed by the Republican-led Legislature.

Gavel
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The state cannot restrict the number of signatures a ballot initiative can get from a single Congressional district.

Michigan Capitol
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been presented a budget by the state Legislature, but one area where Whitmer might have an issue with the budget is the state’s new redistricting commission.


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the budgets on their way to her desk are “a mess.”

Income and sales tax revenues plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the state faces a two-fold problem—how to avoid cuts before this fiscal year ends, and what to do about the projected shortfalls next year.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has begun passing $44.7 billion in proposed spending as it works to complete the next state budget.

Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed changes to Michigan's reporting requirements for people who will have to meet work-related requirements to qualify for Medicaid coverage.

WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
illustration / WKAR-MSU

The city of Lansing will be making the rules that govern recreational marijuana by modifying their rules on medical marijuana. Lansing State Journal reporter Sarah Lehr reports on city council and she joined WKAR’s Abigail Censky in the studio to discuss the potential changes. Below are highlights of their conversation.

WKAR-MSU

The Legislature has sent a K-through-12 schools budget to Governor Gretchen Whitmer.


vaping products
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Vape shop owners and advocates expressed their frustrations Thursday with an upcoming state ban on flavored vaping products.           


family on playground
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The 2019 school year is well underway…but Michigan superintendents are still waiting for state lawmakers to pass a final education budget. 

 


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