Navigating the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup
Budget negotiations between Whitmer, legislature stall. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is sticking to the core components of the budget she wrote 6 months ago, while Republicans in the legislature have yet to announce their own plan following their summer break. Get the full story here.
Arbulu ousted from MDCR position. Michigan’s Civil Rights Commission has voted to remove Augustin Arbulu from his position as MDCR director. This decision comes after widespread calls for Arbulu to resign or be fired for making sexist comments. More details here.
Whitmer joins other governors to oppose new SNAP requirements. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and governors from across the country are pushing back against a federal rule that would kick people off food assistance. More information here.
School leaders unhappy with lack of budget process. As budget negotiations continue, Michigan educators have expressed frustration with the lack of progress, saying they shouldn’t have to start the school year without knowing how much funding they’ll have. Read more here.
Racist Marysville candidate withdraws from race. After receiving significant backlash for saying she wanted to make Marysville “as white as possible,” Jean Cramer has withdrawn from the race for City Council. Read more here.
Trump public charge rule already has an impact. Immigrant communities are already feeling the effects of a new Trump administration rule threatening to revoke green cards from immigrants who use public services they qualify for. Get the full story here.
Barret introduces anti-abortion bill. This week, State Sen. Tom Barrett introduced a bill that would designate fetuses as dependents for tax purposes at 12 weeks. Advocacy group Progress Michigan called this bill an attempt to establish fetuses as people to lay groundwork for abortion restrictions down the line. Barrett responded by saying on a radio show that Progress Michigan doesn’t support people having children, and their response to his comments can be found here.
Tweet of the Week
State Rep. Donna Lasinski highlights the prevalence of payroll fraud in this week’s Tweet of the Week.