Gretchen Whitmer

State of Emergency Declared In Ionia County

Feb 13, 2019
Ice jams, Grand River, Portland
WLNS-TV Lansing (WKAR media partner)

Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a State of Emergency in Ionia County following winter weather conditions and problems.

Gov. Whitmer Touts Tuition-Free College Plan

Feb 12, 2019
Gretchen Whitmer, Mike Shirkey, Lee Chatfield

During her first State of the State address, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer took past lawmakers to task for underfunding public education and touted a tuition-free plan that would help high school graduates attend college or get vocational training. 

Gretchen Whitmer

UPDATED at 10:00 p.m.: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday identified two major crises facing Michigan — aging infrastructure and a lagging education system — while promising to soon propose a "real solution" to fix the roads and touting a tuition-free plan that would help high school graduates attend college or get vocational training.

Frozen Tree
Amanda Barberena

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Grand Rapids, qualifying the city for additional assistance as it copes with power outages and cleans up from storms.

Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that she will ask the Republican-led Legislature to change newly enacted work or job-related requirements to qualify for Michigan's Medicaid expansion program, saying that between 61,000 and 183,000 residents could lose coverage should the rules take effect in 2020, as scheduled.

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI)

A memorial service will be held next week in Dearborn for Rep. John Dingell. The nation's longest-serving congress member died Thursday at the age of 92. 

Several of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s picks for major departments likely will not be ousted by the state Senate. The Senate can choose to reject those appointees.

Remembering Rep. John Dingell: 1926-2019

Feb 7, 2019
Rep. John Dingell (D-MI)

UPDATED - Friday at 1:00 a.m.: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered on Friday in honor of former Rep. John Dingell. The longest-serving member of Congress in American history died Thursday. He was 92-years-old.

Lee Chatfield

New House Speaker Lee Chatfield said Michigan will always struggle to fund roadwork until it solves the root problem — drivers pay some of the country’s highest taxes at the pump, but not all of the revenue goes to the transportation budget.

Edgewood Blvd., Lansing, snow
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

UPDATED Thursday at 6:15 p.m.: Consumers Energy says Michiganders will be able to end the voluntary reduction of heat at midnight. MSU returns to normal operations and tonight will be not as cold. Click here for headlines related to extreme cold in Michigan.

Gretchen Whitmer, Emergency Operations Center
Abigail Censky / WKAR-MSU

UPDATED Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is closing state government for the third day this week due to winter weather, saying the step is needed to keep people safe.

Gov. Whitmer Declares State of Emergency in Michigan

Jan 29, 2019
Grand Ledge, snow, winter
Laura Michels / WKAR-MSU

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) declared of State of Emergency on Monday hours before extreme cold temperatures were forecasted arrive in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

I-96 snow winter

Heavy snow has led to the closure of Michigan's state government, including the Capitol building and legislative offices. They're due to reopen Tuesday.

chairs and desks
WKAR File Photo

No state has squeezed school spending more in recent decades than Michigan, education researchers said Wednesday in a study that attributes the tightening to tax cuts and notes a corresponding drop in student achievement.  

Michigan Capitol
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The state of Michigan has announced its final round of "mobility" grants to spur ways to help transport seniors, people with disabilities and veterans with autonomous vehicles and other technology.