Michigan moves to fund mental health like physical health

LANSING — Starting this month, 13 mental health and addiction clinics across Michigan will receive the same Medicaid funding as any other health center in an effort U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said will help bridge the stigmatic and funding divide between mental and physical health.

CEO: One-time funds could transform Michigan

Since becoming president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan partway through the pandemic, Jeff Donofrio has urged state policymakers to take the influx of money on the table and apply it toward “transformational investments” in the state’s economic future.

City stays course on strategic plan amid pandemic challenges

Despite the flurry of challenges thrown at state and local officials over the past year, the city of Grand Rapids stayed true to its strategic plan and has a clear path heading into its next fiscal year. 

Whitmer orders urgent response to lead crisis

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday ordered a “whole-of-government” response to elevated levels of lead in tap water in Benton Harbor and vowed to accelerate the replacement of its lead pipes.

Kent County kicks off north campus development

Kent County broke ground on its new 30,000-square-foot North County Campus located at 4191 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs.

Ex-Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee dies, was in Congress 36 years

FLINT — Former Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee, who represented his hometown of Flint and the surrounding area in Congress for 36 years, died Wednesday. He was 92.

Biden appoints Debra Shore to lead EPA Midwestern office

President Joe Biden on Tuesday appointed Debra Shore, a wastewater treatment official in Chicago, to direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Midwest office.

GRFD seeks new recruits

The city of Grand Rapids is accepting applications for firefighter positions through Monday, Oct. 25.

Whitmer restores prevailing wages on state projects

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Michigan will pay higher “prevailing” wages on state construction projects, three years after Republican legislators repealed a long-standing law that required better pay.

City in Michigan urged to use bottled water due to lead risk

Michigan on Wednesday urged residents of Benton Harbor to use only bottled water for cooking and drinking, a major shift in response to the city’s elevated levels of lead.

Grand Rapids seeks resident input for new police chief

The city of Grand Rapids is enlisting the help of residents in its search for a new police chief.

Canada cites US treaty in pipeline dispute in Michigan

DETROIT — Canada invoked a treaty with the United States and asked a judge Monday to suspend litigation over Michigan’s effort to shut down a Great Lakes oil pipeline.

800 acres in SW Michigan could become state recreation area

BERRIEN SPRINGS — The state has its eyes on 800 acres in southwestern Michigan as a possible recreation area.

Whitmer’s plan for ARP funds targets affordable housing

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s Housing and Community Development Fund has never been adequately capitalized, according to MSHDA’s interim leader, but all that may change if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer succeeds in getting a cluster of proposed investments pushed through the state Legislature.

City approves affordable housing fund

The city of Grand Rapids is working to preserve and increase its affordable housing supply, establishing one of many necessary steps to address racial and ethnic housing disparities in West Michigan.

Push for regulation of mining draws opposition

Proposed state regulation of sand and gravel mining wrests control from local authorities and could lead to a similar loss of authority elsewhere, according to local and environmental officials.

Health agencies rescind mask orders despite governor’s vow

LANSING — Two more local health departments in Michigan rescinded their school masking requirement Thursday despite Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer saying she will not enforce Republican-written budget provisions that threaten funding for counties with COVID-19 orders.

Michigan doctor out after criticizing county vaccine policy

TRAVERSE CITY — A county medical director in the Traverse City area said he’s losing his job, weeks after he criticized elected officials for a policy that bans mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for county employees and controls vaccine messages from the health department.

Whitmer to deem some COVID budget sections unconstitutional

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today, Sept. 29, will deem some Republican-backed budget provisions unconstitutional attempts to restrict COVID-19 public health measures but allow language limiting potential state and municipal vaccination requirements.

Michigan Strategic Fund approves water infrastructure projects

Middleville is one of 11 communities that will be able to make water-related infrastructure improvements, thanks to a grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund.