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A small but stalwart crowd gathered at the Michigan state Capitol for the 2020 Lansing Women's march. Capitol facilities estimated more than 250 people took part in festivities despite heavy snow earlier in the day and poor driving conditions.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

A stalwart crowd of protesters gathered at the state Capitol Saturday for the 2020 Women’s March. The event was one of 200 sister marches held across the country for the popular protest that began in 2017 as a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the day after his inauguration.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
WKAR-MSU

Fri. Jan. 3, 9pm on WKAR HD; Sat. Jan. 4, 7pm on WKAR World; Sun. Jan. 5, 12pm on WKAR HD | Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talks about her first year in office with Off the Record anchor Tim Skubick. Joining the conversation is First Gentleman Dr. Marc Mallory. WATCH NOW

The Governor made a plea to Republicans in the legislature in a letter last week  asking them to suspend Medicaid work requirements while there is ongoing litigation. The program is currently scheduled to begin January 1st.
Alec Gerstenberger, WKAR

As lawmakers in Lansing extend olive branches to make a deal on the state budget, public disagreements over Medicaid work requirements continue.


Michigan Senate
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Lawmakers still harbor hard feelings and mistrust over Governor Whitmer’s budget vetoes and her use of an administrative board to move money from one program to another. The Legislature’s leadership has been meeting with the governor -- and Whitmer said they seemed close to a bargain.

Nancy Schlichting, second from left,  stands behind MSU Trustee Melanie Foster.  She served under a year of the remainder of George Perles' term before resigning, citing trustees unwillingness to waive privilege and conduct an independent investigation.
Alec Gerstenberger, WKAR

Nancy Schlichting has resigned from the Michigan State University Board of Trustees after serving under a year of the remaining four years of George Perles’ term. She sent a letter to Governor Gretchen Whitmer over the weekend resigning from her post citing the board's unwillingness to conduct an independent investigation of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. 


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday she will seek funding for a variety of budget priorities from the Republican-led Legislature after she slashed nearly $1 billion from a spending plan that had been approved without her input.

Sunset
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and four legislative leaders have met after she vetoed nearly $1 billion from the newly signed budget, but their discussion was mainly focused on policies such as criminal justice.

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.

Sunset
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Michigans's budget deadline is hours away and Governor Gretchen Whitmer still has not signed any of the 16 budgets on her desk.


Michigan State Capitol Rotunda
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.

stack of money
flickr/Ken Teegardin

Plans to make Michigan a sports betting state are moving through the state Legislature. A package of bills is scheduled to be voted out of a House committee Tuesday.


vaping products
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

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


Gretchen Whitmer, Mike Shirkey, Lee Chatfield
WKAR-MSU

UPDATED at 4:00 p.m.: Negotiations to come up with a long-term plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads have been put on hold. Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican Legislative leadership announced Monday that their main priority is the budget. 


Michigan Capitol
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Republican legislative leaders agreed to a budget framework Thursday and intend to begin passing spending bills next week despite not having a deal with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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