Navigate the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 02/14
Senate Republicans reject NRC appointee. On Thursday, Senate Republicans rejected Anna Mitterling, a college professor appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to serve on the Natural Resources Commission (NRC). The rejection appears to be fueled by National Rifle Association (NRA) objection to George Heartwell, another appointee who has supported gun safety laws in the past. Progressives have criticized this decision, alleging that senators caved to the NRA and pointing out apparent sexism in comments made by Majority Leader Mike Shirkey about Mitterling’s rejection. More context here.
Class action suit challenges Detroit, Michigan handling of property taxes. Arguing that the City of Detroit and state officials have violated the rights of Detroit homeowners, the Coalition for Property Tax Justice has filed a class action lawsuit that aims to ensure Detroiters who have suffered due to illegal tax foreclosures are compensated. More on the case here.
Michiganders call for stronger water regulations. Many Michigan residents are concerned about water contamination and support stronger regulations to ensure people across the state have access to clean, safe drinking water. Get the full story here.
Whitmer task force pursues solutions to poverty. A task force assembled by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is looking for broad solutions to combat poverty and lift up low-income Michiganders. Get the full story here.
Whitmer budget a win for working families. In an op-ed for the Detroit News this week, Michigan AFL-CIO’s Ron Bieber praised Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for proposing a budget that would help lift up working Michiganders. Read his full take here.
Tweet of the Week
State Sen. Mallory McMorrow calls out the GOP for rejecting a qualified NRC nominee in this week’s Tweet of the Week.