Business + Labor

Biden opens oil reserve to relieve high gas prices—but it won’t be immediate

BY: - November 23, 2021

As gasoline prices spiral ahead of the big holiday travel season, President Joe Biden authorized the release of a record 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Tuesday — complicating his administration’s goal to transition to cleaner energy sources. In prepared remarks, Biden said he coordinated the release from the reserve, a […]


Column: Voters may have elected Biden to be ‘normal’, but they also need action

BY: - November 23, 2021

In the fallout over this month’s crushing elections, U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) took President Joe Biden to task: “Nobody elected him to be F.D.R.,” she snipped to The New York Times. “They elected him to be normal and stop the chaos.” Biden, of course, won a solid victory over Donald Trump, but nothing close […]

Whitmer directive: Michigan must accelerate plans to replace lead pipes

BY: - November 22, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive directive Monday ordering state agencies to ready plans to quickly replace lead pipes using an influx of federal dollars from the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The departments of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE); Treasury; and Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) must “assess strategies  to control the […]

Sparrow Hospital caregivers approve strike authorization

BY: - November 22, 2021

Updated Nov. 22, 2021, 5:42 p.m. with information about Sparrow’s proposed contract that was presented to the union on Monday and the union’s response. Members of a union representing thousands of caregivers at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing voted to authorize a strike should union leaders determine it’s necessary during ongoing contract negotiations, the Michigan Nurses […]


Column: Tax changes in Build Back Better are necessary and affordable

BY: - November 22, 2021

The U.S. House passed the Build Back Better bill Friday morning, and there’s much to applaud in this legislation. On top of providing needed help to families struggling to meet everyday challenges like paying rent and putting food on the table, affording child care and preschool, or paying for college, early estimates also suggest the […]

House Democrats pass Biden’s $1.85 trillion ‘Build Back Better’ plan

BY: , and - November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats united around a landmark $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill on Friday, sending the major plank of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda to the Senate. Democratic leaders in the House heralded the 220-213 near party-line vote on the so-called Build Back Better bill, touting its provisions on child care, education, health […]

Nessel, AGs end lawsuit after Labor Dept. drops rule limiting service worker wages

BY: - November 19, 2021

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, alongside eight other attorneys general, on Thursday dropped a lawsuit challenging a Trump-era U.S. Department of Labor rule for service workers.  The group of attorneys general had originally presented a legal challenge to a proposal that would have removed the “80/20” rule that ensured tipped workers are spending 80% of […]


Rick Haglund: When in-demand talent can work from anywhere, what will happen to Michigan?

BY: - November 19, 2021

Alarmed that Michigan was losing too many young college graduates to Chicago, New York, San Francisco and other talent magnets, then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm decided to try a new approach to economic development in the early 2000s. She took notice of the radical notion, presented in urbanist Richard Florida’s groundbreaking 2002 book, “The Rise of the […]

Kellogg strike stretches into 6 weeks as company’s ‘last best final offer’ has expired

BY: - November 18, 2021

The Kellogg strike encompassing about 1,400 union workers at four cereal plants around the country, including in Battle Creek, is continuing into mid-November after the company’s “last best final offer” to the union expired without a vote and Kellogg says it is seeking new workers. Workers at the company’s four cereal plants in Michigan, Pennsylvania, […]

Biden toasts new infrastructure law at GM electric vehicle plant opening in Detroit

BY: - November 17, 2021

President Joe Biden traveled to Detroit Wednesday to tout the new $1.2 trillion infrastructure package he signed into law on Monday while helping to celebrate the opening of General Motors new electric vehicle assembly plant.  The Democrat was given a tour of the Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center along with the chance to take an […]

Pungent odor near Detroit Jeep plant prompts civil rights complaint against state environmental regulators

BY: - November 17, 2021

Residents who live near Stellantis’ year-old Jeep assembly plant in Detroit filed a federal civil rights complaint against state environmental regulators on Monday, alleging racial discrimination for allowing the automaker to increase air emissions in the predominantly Black city. For months, a pungent, headache-inducing odor has been wafting from the Jeep Grand Cherokee plant on […]

Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill: ‘America is moving again’

BY: , , and - November 15, 2021

Updated, 6:43 p.m. 11/15/21, 7:34 a.m., 11/16/21 WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill during a ceremony at the White House packed with some 800 supporters, heralding what he said was a “truly consequential” spending bill that will improve Americans’ day-to-day lives. “The signing of the Infrastructure Investment […]