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Political tensions have spiked in Michigan. (Steven_Kriemadis from Getty Images Signature via Canva)
Is Bipartisanship at a Breaking Point in Michigan?

Over the last few years, a hyper-partisan political climate led by Republican lawmakers in Lansing has helped to transform even common-sense proposals into a tightrope walk down a political minefield.

Terre Haute - Circa May 2020: SNAP and EBT Accepted here sign. SNAP and Food Stamps provide nutrition benefits to supplement the budgets of disadvantaged families.
Yes, July Qualifies for the Grocery Assistance Program

With grocery prices still on the rise, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that those who are eligible for food assistance will continue to receive a $95 monthly payment for July. 

The latest budget signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made the highest state per-student investment in Michigan history—including more than $500 million in school infrastructure and expanded mental health resources for children. (Courtesy/Gov. Gretchen Whitmer)
Whitmer Vetoes State Funding That Would ‘Prey’ on Pregnant People in Michigan

Most of the items that Gov. Whitmer will veto from the latest state budget bill involve protecting abortion rights.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vowed to "fight like hell" for abortion access in Michigan. (Courtesy/Governor Gretchen Whitmer via Facebook)
Whitmer Promises to Protect Out-of-State Abortion Patients

Michigan will not comply with requests from other states to extradite abortion patients.

What’s In Biden’s Reproductive Rights Executive Order?

Abortion legality is still up to the states, but contraceptives, abortion pills, and privacy will be expanded and protected as part of this new plan.  MICHIGAN—Today President Joe Biden signed an executive order that puts a few protections in place for reproductive healthcare. It’s titled “Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care Services.” Spoiler alert: It...

The crew of an Air Force C-17 begins to unload a plane load of baby formula at the Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 22, 2022.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Biden Administration to Diversify Infant Formula Industry to Avoid Shortages

A plan to lift regulatory requirements for overseas producers aims to ease current and future shortages of baby formula.