President Biden won Michigan’s Democratic primary election Feb. 27 with 81% of the vote. The uncommitted vote was 13.2% with over 100,368 voters casting ballots for the Democratic party without selecting a specific Democratic candidate.
Former President Donald Trump won 68% of the Republican party vote with former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley taking 26.5% of the vote. Three percent of Republicans who voted cast their ballots as uncommitted.
On Feb. 7, Governor Gretchen Whitmer presented her recommendations for a balanced fiscal year 2025 state budget totaling $80.7 billion, which includes $14.3 billion in General Fund and $19 billion in School Aid monies.
Line items in the budget focused on improving public safety and public health, lowering costs, expanding educational opportunities, economic development, and rebuilding the state's infrastructure.
Governor Gretchen Whtimer highlighted her plans to expand educational opportunities, lower costs and boost economic development in her State of the State address Jan. 24. Some of her objectives include: investing $1.4 billion to build or rehabilitate 10,000 affordable homes, providing the first two years of community college free to all Michigan high school graduates, access to free pre-Kindergarten for every 4-year-old, and authorizing the final $700 million in bond funds for repairing roads.
The December 2023 Karoub Report highlights a federal judicial panel's order that 13 Detroit-area legislative districts be redrawn before any future elections.
The judges ruled the districts were unconstitutionally drawn based on race in 2021.
For complete details, click here for the December 2023 Karoub Report.
Three bills were signed into law Nov. 29, 2023 improving conditions for public union employees throughout the state.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill 169, House Bill 4230 and House Bill 4234, removing barriers for Unions representing public employees in Michigan.
“Since taking office, we have made real progress improving the efficiency of state government and making Michigan the best place to live, work, invest, and raise a family,” Whitmer said of these and several other bills she signed Nov. 29. “Today’s bills take important steps to cut unnecessary red tape … and advocate for better working conditions … among other things.”
Senate Bill 169, which was sponsored by state Sen. John Cherry (D-Flint), requires public employers to provide collective bargaining representatives with their employees’ employment and contact information.