Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT
UNDATED (AP) — Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s approach to governing as an unapologetic fighter has made her a target of the GOP and her own party. Tlaib herself has taken aim at the status quo alongside three other first-term congresswomen of color who make up what’s known as “the squad.” Now the Michigan Democrat is the squad’s most vulnerable member, as she faces Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in the Aug. 4 primary for the heavily Democratic district. The contest reflects the broader debate in the Democratic Party between the establishment and largely younger, more progressive activists, as well as the racial dynamics of the district.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Enbridge is falling short of a clear pledge to pay for any spill from its oil pipeline in a Great Lakes channel. Whitmer’s administration is pushing the Canadian company for an airtight, written promise to cover any costs of a spill from Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge says it already provided such assurances under a 2018 deal with former Gov. Rick Snyder to build a tunnel that would house a new pipeline in the straits. Whitmer says that agreement was signed by subsidiaries but not by Enbridge Inc., their parent company. Enbridge says the parent company is bound by the same deal.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s confirmed cases of the coronavirus have passed 75,000. Meanwhile, more plans for the new school year are emerging in some communities. The Melvindale-Northern Allen Park district in suburban Detroit says students won’t be returning to buildings. Superintendent Kimberly Sorrano says late summer heat and masks aren’t good for the welfare of students and staff. The state reported 523 new virus cases, raising the total since March to more than 75,000. Tens of thousands of people have recovered. Deaths total at least 6,141 after six more were posted.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are approving plans to address a $2.2 billion state budget hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic. They’re relying on a mix of federal funding, the state’s cash reserves and budget cuts. Lawmakers approved plans during a joint Wednesday session of the House and Senate Appropriations committees. That included signing off on an executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that cuts nearly $667 million from the budget including reducing funding to state agencies and a hiring freeze. The Senate signed off on two plans appropriating funding for schools.