Articles by David Eggert

Michigan Car Insurance Fee for Medical Coverage to Go Down Again

Michigan drivers who want unlimited personal injury protection benefits will pay $86 per vehicle starting next summer, down from $100 currently. The fee was mandatory for decades but became optional beginning in July under a change in state law. The …

Michigan Governor Says She Has Authority for Virus Stay-Home Order

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on Nov. 16 she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary and called a comment by an adviser to President Donald Trump urging people to “rise …

Court Ruling Upends Michigan Governor’s Coronavirus Powers

A 1945 law repeatedly used by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to respond to the coronavirus pandemic was declared unconstitutional on Oct. 2 by the Michigan Supreme Court, a striking decision that puts months of restrictions in jeopardy while COVID-19 continues to …

Michigan Legislature Passes Legal Liability, Unemployment Measures

Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature on Oct. 14 voted to keep intact longer-lasting unemployment benefits and other coronavirus-related orders issued by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, while also striking a deal on liability protections for businesses. The move followed a monthlong fight over …

Michigan Governor’s Coronavirus Powers Upended After Court Ruling

A 1945 law repeatedly used by Gov. Gretcher Whitmer to respond to the coronavirus pandemic was declared unconstitutional Friday by the Michigan Supreme Court, a striking decision that puts months of restrictions in jeopardy while COVID-19 continues to flare up …

Bill Sent to Michigan Governor Would Lengthen Bonds for Dam Repairs

The Michigan Legislature has finalized a bill that would lengthen the financing period of lake projects in the wake of flooding that damaged dams and drained lakes in the Midland area. The legislation would extend, from 10 years to 40 …

Michigan House Passes Bills Shielding Employers from Virus Lawsuits

A divided Michigan House voted on Sept. 23 to shield health providers and businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits filed by patients, employees or customers, advancing bills that majority Republicans said would give businesses more comfort to reopen and block frivolous complaints. …

$600M Flint Water Deal a Step Toward Making Amends, Michigan Governor Says

A proposed $600 million deal between the state of Michigan and residents of the impoverished, majority-Black city of Flint who were harmed by lead-tainted water is a step toward making amends for a disaster that upended life in the city, …

Michigan Governor Assessing Risk of Reopening Long-Closed Businesses

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said that her administration is assessing the risk of reopening Michigan businesses that have been closed for five months under her orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus, saying she will have more to say next …

Michigan Drivers Got Nearly $95M in Premium Refunds in April, May, June

Michigan motorists are being refunded nearly $95 million in car insurance premiums due to a drop in driving and crash claims during the coronavirus pandemic, regulators said. The amount paid back varies by insurer. It typically was 15% to 20% …