Lauren Gibbons, Bridge Magazine

Lauren Gibbons

Bridge Magazine

Michigan, United States

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Past articles by Lauren:

Trade group: Michigan’s lousy roads getting lousier, need $3.9B more per year

Michigan roads are notoriously bad, and solutions to fix them inevitably involve a tax increase of some sort, according to a study released Tuesday by a construction trade group. → Read More

Michigan House votes to repeal 1931 abortion ban

The push to repeal follows passage of Proposal 3, which made abortion a constitutional right in Michigan. Democrats argue it’s time the law was off books. While many Republicans say they worry the repeal will make it more difficult to ensure other restrictions remain. → Read More

Michigan lawmakers clear $1.3B spending bill with $630M for Ford EV battery plant

Most of the money would go towards land acquisition, site preparation and road and infrastructure improvements to make way for the incoming facility. → Read More

‘We’re so angry.’ MSU students urge gun safety at Lansing hearing

Two weeks after a mass shooting at Michigan State University, state lawmakers began mulling gun safety measures including universal background checks, safe storage and ‘red flag’ laws → Read More

Michigan Senate eyes $1.3B spending deal: $630M for Ford battery plant prep

Lawmakers were working late Tuesday on another spending plan, including more investments into a Ford electric vehicle battery plant near Marshall. → Read More

Michigan’s local road conditions improved slightly, but projections still bleak

Local roads in Michigan are slightly better than they were in prior years. But that’s not saying much. → Read More

Michigan’s lousy infrastructure has many begging: Fix the damn noisy roads

Pothole-plagued roads are often loud ones too, and residents living near freeways are imploring Lansing for help. Some states are getting creative. → Read More

Tax deal clears Michigan Senate, but inflation checks remain in limbo

Even though both chambers of the Legislature have approved tax cuts, the deal remains up in the air because not enough Republicans support the plan for it to take immediate effect. → Read More

MSU shooting victims: Guadalupe Huapilla-Perez identified by family

Guadalupe Huapilla-Perez, a hospitality business major at Michigan State University, is 'incredibly hard-working, focused, and ambitious,' her family said. In a post on GoFundMe, they said it could take her months to recover. → Read More

Michigan State University school shooting: How to help

Donations are pouring into verified fundraisers set up to help victims and their families. → Read More

‘We cannot keep living like this:’ Dems vow gun reform after MSU shooting

Legislative Democrats in Michigan promised quick action on gun reform bills in the aftermath of a shooting at Michigan State University where three were killed and five others wounded. → Read More

Michigan inflation relief checks may be in jeopardy, even as tax cut passes

House Democrats pass tax cuts to lower-income residents and seniors, but a $180 onetime rebate is up could be up in the air unless Senate Republicans agree to the plan. → Read More

What Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to fund in $79B budget

From free school lunches and community college to water line improvements and subsidized field trips to Michigan’s state parks, the Democrat outlines her wish list. It could look very different once it’s approved. → Read More

Michigan Senate dumps ‘read or flunk’ portion of third-grade law

Vote mostly along party lines would nix requirements that third graders behind in reading repeat the grade. Democrats say it didn’t work; GOP said it didn’t have a chance to. → Read More

Michigan lawmakers raise concern about toll road plan

The study results are in: Michigan may consider toll roads. But at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, lawmakers quizzed the firm behind the study on who would most heavily bear the cost. → Read More

Michigan inflation relief checks: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer seeks $180 per taxpayer

Democrats seek a onetime tax giveaway that would cost $800 million, as well as tax cuts for lower-income residents and seniors. Republicans want a broader, permanent tax cut. → Read More

Minimum wage increase set for February blocked by Michigan court

Minimum wage was expected to jump to $13.03 an hour, but a Thursday court ruling blocks the increase. The Michigan Supreme Court will likely settle the issue. → Read More

Gretchen Whitmer State of the State: Tax cuts, gun reform, expand pre-K

The Democratic governor returns to the state Capitol for her annual address. She spoke for less than an hour. Here's what to know, what obstacles loom and what potential programs cost. → Read More

End may be near for Michigan redistricting panel, a year after finishing maps

The commission created by voters in 2018 to end gerrymandering adopted a plan to go dormant this week once lawsuits against its work wrap up. → Read More

Michigan Democrats move to strike abortion ban references from state law

‘We're going to see a number of laws that are on the books right now be repealed’ with supporters of abortion rights holding legislative majority and other statewide offices, Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday. → Read More