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Today on Stateside, we're digging deeper into the hiring of Mel Tucker, his around $30 million compensation package, and the process governing sports hiring at Michigan's Big 3 schools. Plus, two African American artists in Detroit talk about finding a canvas big enough to tell real stories.

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The Michigan Senate voted Thursday to reject one of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s appointments to the state Natural Resources Commission, which oversees hunting and fishing regulations.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer kicked off a tour to sell her proposed budget with a speech to business leaders in southeast Michigan. In her address to the Detroit Economic Club, the governor said she’s standing by her call for a fuel tax increase to pay for road repairs.

She said road spending has grown too reliant over the past two decades on transfers from the state’s general fund. At the same time, she said, general fund revenue has remained steady.

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Today on Stateside, we talk about Governor Gretchen Whitmer's budget priorities, including a boost in school funding. Plus, parents from Saline and Lansing discuss what it's like to raise kids of color who go to majority-white schools. 

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Today on Stateside, we recap Governor Whitmer's response to President Trump's State of the Union address. Plus, with the impeachment trial wrapping up, we hear from former federal prosecutor and University of Michigan law professor Barbara McQuade about why this could be a big moment for the future of executive power. 

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Today on Stateside, Governor Gretchen Whitmer is set to deliver the Democratic rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union next week. Why was she chosen and what can we expect to hear? Plus, the head of a Dearborn seminary talks about educating the next generation of Muslim faith leaders.

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Today on Stateside, Gretchen Whitmer laid out her 2020 agenda at Wednesday's State of the State address. We'll talk to the governor, and lawmakers from both parties, about what comes next. Plus, an investigative report into how law enforcement and a religious group let a suspected child predator go.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she thinks it will take a mixture of funding sources to come up with enough money to fix Michigan’s roads and infrastructure.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed the final bills that make up a re-negotiated budget deal reached with Republicans in the Legislature.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed two bills sent to her by the Legislature.

One bill would have reversed the Michigan Natural Resources Commission’s ban on hunters using bait to attract deer and elk.

The governor’s veto message says that would increase the risk of disease spreading to game and domestic livestock, and goes against the advice of wildlife experts.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to defend line item vetoes in budgets she otherwise approved last week.

But Whitmer also says it’s not too late to restore some of the spending.

Here are the winners and the losers in Michigan’s new budget

Oct 4, 2019
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After months of negotiations, twists, stalemates and unprecedented moves, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer finalized the state budget this week just in time to avoid the first government shutdown in a decade.

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The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy sent draft rules that would limit PFAS contamination in drinking water to Governor Whitmer’s office Tuesday.

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team approved the set of rules last Friday after months of gathering input from scientists, citizen groups, and businesses across the state.

In a turn-around from earlier this week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’s ready to veto budget bills that don’t raise new money for roads. Republicans in the Legislature have teed up budgets to be adopted and sent to Whitmer’s desk as soon as next week.

That’s after talks between the Democratic governor and GOP leaders broke down this week. The rhetoric tossed between the Democratic governor and Republican leaders has grown increasingly tense.

Whitmer says, “They gotta do what they gotta do. Then I’m gonna do what I gotta do.”

Former Snyder aide taking pay cut from Governor Whitmer

Jul 22, 2019
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Governor Snyder's former special projects aide is working as a principal consultant on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. His contract deal is for $499,999 for 15 months, one dollar shy of requiring approval from the State Administrative Board.

Andrew Doctoroff is the Snyder-appointed consultant for the Gordie Howe International Bridge- a second bridge to be built over the Detroit river. He’s continued to be the go-to person for Canadian government and private transportation companies after Whitmer came into office.

 

The realities of a world economy aren't just being felt at big companies like General Motors or Ford. Small businesses are feeling the strain of foreign competition.
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan has encouraged students to seek four-year college degrees at the expense of encouraging careers in skilled trades.

She says that’s cost the state’s economy, employers, and workers.

Whitmer toured a Detroit community college on Monday to make her point. She says less than half of high school graduates in Michigan seek advanced schooling, and she says that means many lost opportunities, even during good economic times.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do. This is a cultural thing that we’ve got to overcome,” she says.

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State officials have reached a tentative agreement with the Benton Harbor school board that could keep the district's high school open.

The agreement comes after a two-hour meeting between Governor Gretchen Whitmer's administration and Benton Harbor school board officials on Wednesday.

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The fight for Benton Harbor High School is still alive.

The Benton Harbor school board rejected the state’s plan to close the high school.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says leaders at Benton Harbor Area Schools will get an extra week to come up with a plan to keep the district’s high school open. Whitmer took two hours of comments and questions during a town hall with residents in Benton Harbor on Wednesday.