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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.

Michigan pauses sales on marijuana vaping products for increased testing

By: - November 22, 2019

Updated 4:07 11/22/19 with additional information from the MRA Amid an outbreak of lung injuries likely tied to marijuana vaping products, the state has hit pause on the sales of those products pending additional testing.  The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued new rules on Friday, effective immediately, and will include additional testing of marijuana vaping […]

Domestic auto drama: UAW head resigns, GM sues Fiat-Chrysler

By: - November 21, 2019

Michigan’s global automotive industry had a bumpy ride on Wednesday as an embattled union boss stepped down and one of the major car companies sued a top rival.  Gary Jones, who took a leave of absence as president of the United Auto Workers (UAW) earlier this month amid a corruption probe by federal authorities, reportedly […]

ACLU sues ICE over attempted deportation of U.S. citizen in Grand Rapids

By: - November 20, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan and a Chicago civil rights law firm have teamed up for a lawsuit against the federal immigration agency that sought to deport an American citizen and Marine veteran in Grand Rapids last year.  The two-part lawsuit filed by the ACLU with attorneys from the Loevy & Loevy […]

Lower leaves congressional race as national focus on West Michigan grows

By: - November 20, 2019

The primary for Michigan’s contentious 3rd Congressional District may be more than nine months away, but the dynamics of the closely watched race continue to shift.  State Rep. Jim Lower (R-Greenville), an early entrant into the GOP primary in May, just after incumbent U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) announced his support for the impeachment […]

House Dem lawmakers push housing affordability bills

By: - November 19, 2019

A pair of Democratic state House lawmakers have pending legislation to address housing affordability in Michigan.  State Reps. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) and Robert Wittenberg (D-Huntington Woods) view addressing housing discrimination policies as one path toward achieving greater affordability. Neither bill has been formally introduced because the Legislature is on a break for the remainder […]

SE Michigan leaders push House bill in renewed regional transit effort

By: - November 18, 2019

With proposed legislation, leaders in Southeast Michigan hope to get another crack at regional transit, albeit without one major part of the region.  Leaders from Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties, as well as the city of Detroit, are pushing a bill to revise the Municipal Partnership Act (MPA) of 2011 with the goal of getting […]

Whitmer takes Israeli trade mission trip as Legislature rests

By: - November 18, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is spending the first week of a traditional hunting break for the state Legislature by taking a trade mission to Israel.  Whitmer flew to Israel over the weekend and will be in the Middle Eastern country until Sunday, making visits in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Bethlehem, Whitmer’s office announced on Sunday.  The […]

Tlaib, Huizenga each face further investigation over possible misuse of campaign funds

By: - November 15, 2019

Two members of Michigan’s U.S. House delegation are facing ongoing ethics probes over possible misuse of campaign funds.  The U.S. House Ethics Committee had announced last month that it was investigating Reps. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), but at the time offered no specifics on the reasons. Late on Thursday, however, the bipartisan […]

House intros bipartisan bill to end MEGA tax break payments

By: - November 15, 2019

Efforts to permanently phase out one of the state’s old economic development programs now have bills in both chambers of the state Legislature.  A bipartisan group of state representatives this week introduced legislation in the House to permanently end the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credit program by Fiscal Year 2022. No new tax […]

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Whitmer wants Michigan to cut opioid-related deaths by 50% in 5 years 

By: - November 14, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants the state to meet the “ambitious goal” of cutting opioid-related deaths by half over the next five years.  To do so, Whitmer’s Michigan Opioids Task Force, created in August via executive order, plans to focus on three main components: preventing opioid misuse, ensuring individuals using opioids can access high-quality recovery treatment […]

Shirkey ‘optimistic’ on budget negotiations, but no progress made

By: - November 13, 2019

The Michigan Legislature adjourned Wednesday for at least a week — and without any movement on a supplemental budget.  Little has changed since last week when state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) backed away from “conversations” over restoring several of the budget cuts made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as a means of restarting Fiscal […]

Inman witness list includes Chatfield, 3 other GOP lawmakers

By: - November 13, 2019

Indicted state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) will stand trial for allegations he attempted to sell his vote last year beginning Dec. 3.  Included as possible witnesses in Inman’s defense are state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), a number of other GOP state representatives and prominent lobbyists and staffers.  Also included on the defense’s list of […]