Navigate the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 02/28
Senate rejections NRC nominee George Heartwell. Senate Republicans have voted to reject George Heartwell, a former mayor nominated by Gov. Whitmer to serve on the NRC. The decision has been roundly criticized on the grounds that senators voted against a qualified nominee due to pressure from the NRA. Get the full story here.
Committee approves PFAS rules. Michigan’s Environmental Rules Review Committee has approved standards that would regulate PFAS levels in our water. There are several more steps required before these rules can take effect, but they could be in place as early as April. Read more here.
Whitmer calls for quick decision on Medicaid work requirements. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking courts for an expedited decision on Medicaid work requirements, a law she has challenged in court. Opponents of work requirements say they will cut low-income Michiganders off from needed health coverage. More on her challenge here.
Certain areas in Michigan at risk to be undercounted in Census. 12 million Michiganders live in areas at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census. State officials are urging people across the state to make sure they are counted. Read more here.
Whitmer admin will not act on Detroit water shutoffs. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration this week said she will not use executive powers to end water shutoffs in Detroit. More on that decision here.
Voting in Michigan easier than ever. An op-ed by Sharon Dolente of the ACLU of Michigan this week highlighted the changes to our voting laws passed at the ballot box in 2018 and emphasized the importance of ensuring all Michigan voters know their rights. Read her full piece here.
Tweet of the Week
AFT Michigan calls out Betsy DeVos and highlights Public Schools Week in this week’s Tweet of the Week.