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.

Mandatory driver fee reduced next year after auto insurance law

By: - November 13, 2019

Beginning next summer, Michigan drivers who continue to drive with unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) will pay a significantly reduced fee following drastic changes to the state’s auto insurance law.  The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA), a Livonia-based nonprofit organization that reimburses insurance companies for costs related to benefits, announced on Wednesday a 55% reduction […]

Michigan GOP only wants Trump on presidential primary ballot

By: - November 12, 2019

The Michigan Republican Party believes that President Donald Trump should be the only name on the March GOP presidential primary ballot.  State GOP Chair Laura Cox on Tuesday included only Trump’s name on a list of “credible candidates” sent to the state Bureau of Elections. The Secretary of State’s office last week, however, put out […]

Dems slam Shirkey’s comparison of abortion to slavery as ‘out of touch’

By: - November 12, 2019

Democratic lawmakers are hitting back at the “unfortunate remarks” made by state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) last week comparing abortion to slavery.  Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, state Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) called on Shirkey to apologize and strongly condemned the remarks, made on a radio program, as offensive to both African Americans […]

Senate GOP leader Shirkey backs away from budget deal as hunting break looms

By: and - November 7, 2019

Thursday made for another day of budget shenanigans, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer optimistically saying earlier that morning that she and GOP leaders were “very close to being done” with a deal on supplemental spending.  By around noon, however, the state Senate had adjourned with Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) maintaining that the only way forward […]

Bipartisan bills introduced allowing student-athletes to get paid

By: - November 6, 2019

In the wake of an abrupt policy change by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and a new law in California, myriad Michigan lawmakers are rushing to introduce their own legislation allowing compensation for amateur athletes. State Reps. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo) and Joe Tate (D-Detroit) on Wednesday held a ceremonial introduction for legislation to allow […]

Nessel appeals Enbridge decision

By: - November 5, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has formally filed an appeal regarding a lower court’s ruling last on the proposed Line 5 tunnel through the Straits of Mackinac.  State Court of Claims Judge Michael Kelly last week said that Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns the pipeline, could commence with building a tunnel, as a Republican-backed law […]

GOP leaders still insist Whitmer must permanently give up executive budget powers for short-term deal

By: - November 5, 2019

Michigan Republican legislative leaders continue to insist that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must permanently limit her executive power in order to move forward with a supplemental Fiscal Year 2020 budget.  The parties have been at odds since after signing the GOP’s budget, Whitmer last month used the legal powers of the State Administrative Board to unilaterally […]

Whitmer admin offers GOP guarantees for supplemental budget deal

By: - November 4, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has made another pitch to GOP legislative leaders in an effort to pass a supplemental budget as time ticks away before a schedule hunting break.  In a letter on Monday, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist sought “to provide clarity regarding [Whitmer’s] position on the budget, potential supplemental budgets, and the state administrative […]

Gamble takes over as acting UAW president as Jones takes leave of absence

By: - November 4, 2019

Amid ongoing scandal for the United Auto Workers, President Gary Jones has taken a leave of absence.  UAW Vice President Rory Gamble assumed the duties of acting president on Sunday, according to a statement from the union.  “The UAW is fighting tooth and nail to ensure our members have a brighter future,” Jones said in […]

Hollier plans bill to expand on NCAA student income rules

By: - November 1, 2019

This week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) had a significant shift in policy. Its board of governors voted unanimously to allow student-athletes to begin profiting from their “name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.” The athletic body had faced mounting criticism in recent years for barring any kind of […]

UAW reaches tentative deal with Ford, FCA merger announced

By: - October 31, 2019

The state’s dominant automotive industry continues to undergo major changes.  Just as the United Auto Workers (UAW) continues its contract negotiations with the Big 3 automakers, one of those companies is in the early stages of an international merger.  In a deal that would create the fourth-largest auto manufacturer in the world in terms of […]

One data center tax break bill clears committee, others stall

By: - October 31, 2019

Legislation aimed at growing Michigan’s data center industry via various tax exemptions continues to create consternation among school advocacy groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.  The state House Commerce and Tourism Committee on Thursday advanced Senate Bill 455, legislation that would further exempt Switch, a data center company with a facility in […]