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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.

Final GOP budgets pass Legislature, Whitmer calls bills ‘a mess’

By: - September 24, 2019

The GOP-led Legislature on Tuesday advanced 15 budget bills that will now head to the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the coming days.  The budgets were passed without significant input from Whitmer, a Democrat, as talks between the governor and Republican leaders in the Legislature have broken down in recent weeks. Both state House […]

Nessel joins state AGs in suing Trump admin over vehicle emissions

By: - September 23, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is among the 23 state attorneys general from around the country suing the federal government over vehicle emission standards.  The AGs from states and the District of Columbia also are joined by the cities of Los Angeles and New York in filing suit against the President Trump administration after it […]

UAW reports progress, even after GM cut off health care for striking workers

By: - September 20, 2019

Union officials with the United Auto Workers (UAW) say they’re making progress on contract talks as more than 40,000 General Motors workers wind down their first week of a national strike.  “I can report to you that as of today, some progress has been made, but there are still many of our Memberships’ issues that […]

Last Michigan budget conference reports signed, full Legislature to vote next week

By: - September 19, 2019

Republican-led conference committees advanced the remainder of the 2020 Fiscal Year budgets ahead toward likely votes next week in the full chambers, where they are unable to be amended. The start of the fiscal year is Oct. 1.  Most notably, the GOP-led conference report for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) moved ahead with a […]

K-12 budget goes to Whitmer amidst Democratic divide

By: - September 19, 2019

For Democrats in the Michigan Legislature, the reaction to the 3.4% increase to the School Aid Fund budget that advanced Thursday ranged from calling it a “good first step” to complaints that it was a continuation of the status quo that underfunds education in the state.  The biggest change in the $15.2 billion Fiscal Year […]

Murky GOP bill aims to stop ‘censorship’ by tech companies 

By: - September 18, 2019

A state House panel on Wednesday heard testimony — but took no action — on a bill to prevent social media companies from blocking or censoring user content.  It’s unclear what mechanism the state of Michigan would have to regulate tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter. House Bill 4801 is sponsored by state Rep. […]

Tariffs causing heartburn for Michigan retailers, consumers

By: - September 18, 2019

Customers at Great Northern Trading Co. in quaint downtown Rockford haven’t seen any price increases due to the trade war yet. But owner Barb Stein says that could likely change after the holiday shopping season.  With President Donald Trump expected to implement another $155 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods by mid-December, Stein says […]

UAW wants GM jobs returned to Michigan from overseas, ready for long strike

By: - September 16, 2019

Randy Freeman, president of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 652 in Lansing, says the union is ready for a prolonged strike if necessary.  Freeman pointed to three issues that he says need to be addressed before the strike that began Monday morning can be resolved.  Long-term temporary workers need to be made permanent employees More […]

UAW set to go on strike Sunday night

By: - September 15, 2019

Updated, 2:52 on 9/15/2019 to reflect that the UAW last went on a national strike in 2007 The United Auto Workers (UAW) will go on a national strike at midnight on Sunday, its first since 2007.* The Detroit-based auto workers union with about 400,000 members announced the strike on Sunday morning. In a statement, the […]

Feds again order back pay for Beaumont workers

By: - September 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor has determined that a metro Detroit health care provider must pay about $400,000 in back pay to almost 500 employees.  Beaumont Health has again violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for overtime and record-keeping provisions, according to a DOL statement on Thursday. The DOL investigation found that employees at […]

State parks, SOS offices, road work projects would shutter on Oct. 1 without budget deal

By: - September 13, 2019

With a little more than two weeks before the state would enter a partial government shutdown, Michigan’s budget office now has an idea of what will and won’t remain open if a budget impasse continues past midnight on Sept. 30.  The state’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) on Friday released an agency shutdown […]

6 budget conference reports advance, despite Whitmer’s objections

By: - September 12, 2019

The first GOP-led conference committees advanced six department-level budgets on Thursday that can now move to the full House and Senate.  The conference committee hearings on Thursday are a key step in bridging differences between the House and Senate Fiscal Year 2020 budget bills before the Sept. 30 deadline. Each conference committee has six members, […]