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Democrats say too much money is spent on prisons. Republicans, prosecutors say bills to allow inmates to petition for lighter sentences, earn credits for early release could free ‘dangerous criminals.’
At the Mackinac Policy Conference next week, Gretchen Whitmer will announce a commission to develop policy recommendations to jump-start population growth, reimagine road funding and improve public education.
Michigan officials will have billions of dollars less to work with than initially expected when crafting the state budget this spring. But economic forecasters predicted Friday that the state is in a decent spot.
Democrats say a 2018 law barring state rules that are stricter than federal regulations undercuts state regulators’ ability to address pollution issues. Business groups fear repealing the measure could have unintended consequences.