Lee Chatfield

Michigan State Capitol Rotunda
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Action on the state’s budget is expected to pick up this week.


Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposal to significantly increase fuel taxes to fix the roads is paired with another politically difficult plan — overhauling how Michigan divvies up what would be $2.1 billion in net new revenue.

Michigan Capitol
File Photo / WKAR

From changing the state’s freedom of information laws to attempts to stop observing daylight-saving time – lawmakers in Lansing are trying again on issues that didn’t pass during previous sessions. Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth reports.


Lee Chatfield
gophouse.org

The Speaker of the House says a part of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s budget is dead on arrival.

Mackinac Bridge
Amanda Barberena / WKAR-MSU

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a new executive order to restructure and rename the Department of Environmental Quality. Last week the state Legislature overturned a similar order by Whitmer. 

Gretchen Whitmer
WKAR-MSU

Republican leaders in the state Legislature want to know how Governor Gretchen Whitmer plans to pay for several areas she wants to improve.


Lee Chatfield
gophouse.org

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.

Donald Trump
PBS NewsHour

The leader of the Michigan House says President Donald Trump will not deliver his State of the Union address in Lansing.

Michigan Capitol
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Republicans opened the term Wednesday with smaller majorities in both chambers following the November election.


Michigan Capitol
File Photo / WKAR

The state Legislature could tackle a topic this term that it couldn’t get past the Senate before. Some lawmakers – including new leaders - are making transparency a priority.

Michigan State Capitol Rotunda
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The state Legislature will return on January 9th with new leadership. Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth tells us about the priorities of Republican leaders in the House and Senate.