Archives for March 2019

Gov. Whitmer halts work towards Line 5 Tunnel

Gov. Whitmer halts work towards Line 5 Tunnel…

The Governor has ordered state departments and agencies to take no further action on construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath lakes Huron and Michigan.
Whitmer made the move Thursday after Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an opinion labeling the law unconstitutional. Both opposed a deal to build the Straits of Mackinac tunnel reached by former Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. One lawmaker responded to the move by saying, It’s a sad day for the people of the U.P. and Northern Michigan. We all deserved much better.

Minimum Wage Change And Paid Medical Leave Act Go Into Effect

Minimum Wage Change And Paid Medical Leave Act Go Into Effect

The minimum wage in Michigan changes today. Pay is increasing from nine-25 an hour to nine-45 an hour. The Paid Medical Leave Act also goes into effect today. Businesses that have more than 50 employees also have to offer an hour of paid medical leave for every 35 hours of work.

State Police Award $25M In School Safety Grants

School districts, charter schools, private schools and regional educational service agencies are splitting up 25-million dollars in state grants announced by the Michigan State Police.

The grants are from the 2019 Competitive School Safety Grant Program and are being awarded to purchase new technology and equipment to improve safety and security. The grant recipients have until June 1, 2020 to spend the money. In all, MSP received 366 applications for more than 46-million dollars and approved 230 of them.

MCCA Fee To Rise Again

The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is increasing the fee charged per vehicle to cover lifetime medical care for people hurt in crashes to rise in July…

The mandatory fee, paid with auto insurance, will go from 192 to 220-dollars per year, per vehicle. The MCCA cites rising healthcare costs, lower than expected returns on investments, and an increase in claims for hiking the fee for the third straight year.

MDOT Director In Favor Of Gas Tax

Michigan’s Department of Transportation Director says the tax hike on gas is needed to fix the roads…

Paul Ajegba [[ AYE-jah-bah ]] who has spent nearly 30 years with the department, is all-in on the Governor’s proposed 45-cent per gallon hike by October 2020. He believes the money would get 90-percent of roads into good condition within a decade. Whitmer has been touring the state trying to drum up support for drastic increase, but lawmakers remain cool at best to the tax.

Get Vaccinated

Governor Whitmer is urging anyone in Michigan who has not been vaccinated for measles to do so as soon as possible.

In a video posted on her social media accounts on Tuesday, she cited an outbreak in the state as the reason to call your doctor immediately. State health officials have also been telling people to call ahead and not just show up at an urgent care, emergency room, or a doctor’s office to be checked out if they’re showing symptoms without calling ahead, as that can expose more people to the virus.

Three-Dollar-A-Gallon Gas Returns

The statewide average for a gallon of gasoline hasn’t jumped to the three-dollar mark yet…

GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan says higher oil prices coupled with the change to cleaner burning summer blends of gasoline and maintenance at refineries are combining to push the prices up. In fact many gas stations across the state are flirting with a $3 price tag per gallon. The state average is at two-dollars-79-cents. In Ironwood fuel can be found for 2.64 a gallon.

Elder Abuse Task Force

State Attorney General Dana Nessel is putting together the Michigan Elder Abuse Task Force.

The AG says over 73-thousand Michiganders have been victims of elder abuse and have gone through neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and financial exploitation. She announced the creation of the task force on Monday with two Michigan Supreme Court Justices and a victim. Seventy-two-year-old Dennis Burgio said a man he called the son he never had wiped him out financially.

LSSU To Make $1M Investment In Chemistry Department For Cannabis Program

A one-million dollar investment in the chemistry department is being made by Lake Superior State University, with some of the money being spent on analytical instruments for cannabis studies.

LSSU officials say much of the school’s chemistry equipment is now outdated. The Sault News reports the university will purchase the equipment through Agilent Technologies, which is offering Lake State a 50-percent discount in order to partner on development of nationally-recognized programs.

National Park Service Working To Move Starving Canadian Wolves To Isle Royale

National Park Service Working To Move Starving Canadian Wolves To Isle Royale

As many as six starving wolves from Canada will be moved to the Island. The joint effort began over the weekend and will continue this week as often as the weather permits. Donations from the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation and International Wolf Center are helping to support the project.