Paul Egan, Lansing StateJournal

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Lansing StateJournal

Lansing, MI, United States

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Past articles by Paul:

After years of shrinkage, Michigan state government employment is growing again

Whitmer's budget calls for the addition of 165 full-time-equivalent positions in the MDOT, 134 in the DHHS and 113 in the DNR, among other growth. → Read More

Senate kills $180 checks for Michigan tax filers, keeps income tax rate rollback alive

The passage of HB 4001 reduces taxes on certain retirement income and sweetens the state Earned Income Tax Credit. Gov. Whitmer is expected to sign. → Read More

Kristina Karamo elected chair of Michigan Republican Party

Once a financial juggernaut, the Michigan Republican Party's financial woes resulted in them charging delegates $50 to $75 to attend. → Read More

Senate OKs Whitmer tax measures, but without immediate effect

One piece of the tax package, the issuance of $180 "inflation relief" checks to all Michigan tax filers, would only happen with immediate effect. → Read More

MSU shooting suspect had troubling history with guns, records and interviews show

A Free Press review shows warning signs about McRae’s capacity to safely own and use a firearm, and potential red flags leading up to the massacre. → Read More

3 dead, 5 injured in Michigan State shooting: What we know

A shooting at Michigan State University left three dead and five people injured Monday evening at the school's East Lansing campus. → Read More

Michigan civil rights department would expand under Whitmer budget

The department has a backlog of more than 1,400 discrimination complaints, despite making significant progress in reducing that number since 2020. → Read More

Democrats unveil new plan to reduce taxes on retirement income

Under the plan, all Michigan pensioners would eventually be treated the same as private pension recipients who were exempted from the 2012 changes. → Read More

Whitmer presents $79B state budget for 2024, resulting from record surplus

Whitmer said the budget will put money back in people's pockets, boost schools and improve the state's infrastructure. It now goes to the Legislature. → Read More

Michigan Democrats propose a $180 check. For some, it's not enough for single grocery trip

Proposed $180 checks to combat inflation got a tepid reception from Michiganders poised to receive them. → Read More

Democrats unveiled major tax overhaul: A guide to their proposals

Gov. Whitmer has long promised to expanded a tax credit for low-income workers and enact a tax break for seniors. Here's her plan. → Read More

Gov. Whitmer proposal: A $180 check for each Michigan taxpayer

The proposal, detailed Monday by Whitmer and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, would distribute some of Michigan's record budget surplus. → Read More

Gov. Whitmer, Democratic leaders want to send 'inflation relief' checks to all taxpayers

The size of the checks and when they would be sent out was not specified in a Friday news release from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders. → Read More

Lawmakers approve $200M for Escanaba paper mill as part of $1.1B spending bill

The conference committee report includes $200M to support an economic development project in Escanaba, plus money to fight blight and help businesses. → Read More

Gov. Whitmer wants a 'red flag' gun law. Here's what that means

Many experts say "red flag" laws can be effective in preventing acts of gun violence. But opponents say such laws can violate due process rights. → Read More

Trump endorses Matt DePerno in race for Michigan Republican Party chair

Attorney Matt DePerno was already seen as a frontrunner in the 11-candidate field. The Trump endorsement likely gives him an added boost. → Read More

Michigan is running out of 313 phone numbers, wants to add 679 area code to Detroit area

Those who have a 313 number will not have to give it up. The state expects no new 313 numbers will be available by the third quarter of 2025. → Read More

Michigan faces mild recession ahead with huge budget surplus, economists say

The state enters the expected economic downturn with a projected $9.2 billion surplus, as revenues have continued to soar well above expectations. → Read More

House Fiscal Agency: Boom in state revenues will likely trigger income tax cut

The income tax cut could be triggered under a 2015 law that calls for reductions when certain general fund revenue levels are reached. → Read More

Whitmer headed to Norway and Switzerland in first trade mission since 2019

While in Switzerland, Whitmer will participate in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, her office said. → Read More