State Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) speaks at Mothering Justice’s “Mama’s March” on June 15, 2022. (Anna Gustafson/Michigan Advance)
Black Mothers to Michigan Lawmakers: Time for Paid Family Leave

As the 30th anniversary of the seminal federal Family Medical Leave Act nears, African American Michigan mothers and caregivers on Thursday shared their experiences and called for state paid leave legislation. 

Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) speaks at the state Capitol for the MI Body MI Choice event on Oct. 2, 2021. (Allison R. Donahue/Michigan Advance)
Black Lawmakers Pursue Legislation to Prevent Police Brutality in Michigan

Senate Appropriations Committee Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) said her colleagues plan to reintroduce measures to address police brutality, no-knock warrants and other matters such as funding for training.

More Than 322K Michiganders Get Healthcare Under Affordable Care Act

A record number of Michiganders enrolled into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2023, with state leaders on Thursday praising new federal policies that are set to lower health care premiums.

Democratic Lawmaker Looks to Expand Food Assistance for Thousands of Michiganders

Michigan Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) this month introduced legislation, Senate Bill 35, that would remove the legal requirement for DHHS to apply an asset test to determine eligibility for food assistance.

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Michigan Senate Advances Bills to Boost Tax Credit, Repeal Pension Tax

The Democratic-controlled Michigan Senate on Thursday approved measures to boost the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit and repeal Michigan’s so-called pension tax, bringing both longtime Democratic priorities one step closer to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk.

House Minority Leader Matt Hall (R-Richland) and Senate Minority Leader Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) talk to reporters in Hall’s office, Jan. 25, 2023. (Laina G. Stebbins/Michigan Advance)
GOP Holds Up Budget Bill, Forcing Democrat to Come in for the Vote After His Baby Was Born

Final negotiations on a supplemental budget bill have been teed up, but there was no shortage of drama with the first big piece of legislation taken up by the new Democratic-led Legislature.

Right-Wing Extremists Gear Up Against Michigan Schools Over Inclusive Sex Ed

A recently formed group in Michigan, Great Schools Initiative, is arming parents with a new sexual education opt-out form that focuses heavily on cutting out any conversation about gender identity and sexual orientation in schools.