Articles by David Eggert

Bill to Lower Michigan Auto Insurance Premiums on Shaky Ground

Legislation to reduce Michigan’s high auto insurance premiums by letting drivers opt out of mandatory unlimited medical coverage is in peril, with majority Republicans lacking enough support to pass it on their own and many Democrats pushing an alternative plan. …

Michigan Bill Would Cut Auto Premiums by 20%

Michigan drivers would no longer be required to buy unlimited medical insurance to cover serious crash injuries under legislation that high-ranking supporters proposed Tuesday to significantly reduce the country’s most expensive auto premiums. Michigan is the only state to mandate …

Researcher Says Some Auto Insurers Illegally Overcharge Michigan Women

A group defending Michigan’s auto insurance system says it has uncovered instances of insurers illegally selling more expensive policies to women and widowed drivers, raising questions about state oversight of rating practices. State law prohibits insurance companies from basing rates …

Some Auto Insurers Illegally Charge Michigan Women More, Researcher Says

A group defending Michigan’s auto insurance system says it has uncovered instances of insurers illegally selling more expensive policies to women and widowed drivers, raising questions about state oversight of rating practices as the industry pushes lawmakers to contain high …

Michigan Senate Leader: Any Mandated Car Insurance Rate Cut Is ‘Dead’

Any proposal to automatically cut premiums for Michigan drivers would be “dead” on arrival in the Republican-led Senate, Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said, bringing into question lawmakers’ long-sought aim to enact major auto insurance changes. Meekhof, on the Legislature’s first …

Michigan to Refund $21M as 44K Jobless Fraud Cases Reversed

The state of Michigan said it has reversed at least 44,000 unemployment benefit fraud cases covering a two-year period and is refunding nearly $21 million after a computer system wrongly accused people of collecting excessive benefits. The figures were released …

Michigan Facing $2B Budget Squeeze in State’s General Fund

Tax cuts, increased road construction, past economic development incentives and other factors will combine to reduce or divert state revenue by $2 billion annually in just over four years _ the equivalent of 20 percent of Michigan’s general fund account. …

State Sues Flint, Michigan, over Water Deal Refusal

The state of Michigan has sued Flint, alleging that the city council’s delay in approving a broadly backed recommendation to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering public health in the wake of a man-made crisis that …

Michigan Senate OKs $5M Loan for Sinkhole; Allots Federal Aid for Flint

The Michigan Senate has approved a $5 million interest-free state loan to help repair a large sinkhole in suburban Detroit, narrowly rejecting a call to stick with a House plan that would instead give Macomb County a $3 million infrastructure …

Nearly 1.9M Michigan Workers’ Info Possibly Compromised

Social Security numbers and other personal information of up to 1.87 million Michigan workers may have been compromised, the state said on Feb. 3. The problem stemmed from a software update to Michigan’s troubled unemployment computer system, state officials said. …