Business + Labor

Amid a massive American clean energy shift, grid operators play catch-up.

BY: - October 5, 2022

For the better part of the past century, the American electric power system evolved around large, mostly fossil fuel power plants delivering electricity to residences, businesses and industry through a network of transmission and distribution wires that collectively came to be called the electric grid. But as the threat of climate change driven by carbon […]

Whitmer signs bipartisan supplemental plan funding business tax incentives

BY: - October 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 844, a bipartisan investment measure aimed at attracting and retaining business opportunities in Michigan. The supplemental that passed last week includes $846.1 million total for SOAR (Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve Fund), one of the state’s economic development funds. That includes $640 million being added with $200 […]

Dixon demands action on book bans, ‘grooming’ and more — but she’s quiet on the details

BY: - October 3, 2022

GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon has proposed some big ideas on education and LGBTQ+ issues during the last few weeks of her campaign.  “Leadership is being unafraid to say that our school needs to get back to basics, teach kids how to read, write, and do math – and cut it out with all the […]

U of M nurses approve new four-year contract

BY: - October 3, 2022

After working without a contract since July 1, approximately 6,200 University of Michigan nurses have voted to ratify a tentative agreement. The Michigan Nurses Association-University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (MNA-UMPNC) said its members had “overwhelmingly” approved the deal in voting that concluded Saturday.  The new contract, which runs through March 31, 2026, is effective […]

Nessel files suit against company over PFAS contamination in West Michigan

BY: - September 30, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday filed a suit against FKI Hardware, Inc. seeking compliance and damages from the company after contaminating multiple properties with PFAS and other hazardous materials. According to the Michigan Department of the Attorney General, FKI Hardware, Inc., the successor to the Keeler Brass Co., contaminated multiple properties in West […]

Dixon gives a speech hammering Whitmer, but doesn’t stay for Oakland Co. MAGA town hall 

BY: - September 30, 2022

About 100 people populated an Oakland County banquet space Thursday night for a town hall featuring several of former President Donald Trump administration officials, along with GOP Lt. Gov. nominee Shane Hernandez. Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon appeared briefly to make a campaign speech and did not participate in the “America First Agenda” town hall […]

After delays, Detroit reopens recreational marijuana license process

BY: - September 29, 2022

Nearly four years after the recreational use of marijuana was approved by state voters, the city of Detroit — after fits and starts — has re-opened its application process for the first phase of capped recreational marijuana licenses.  “We are going to make sure there is equity in this process for Detroiters,” said Mayor Mike […]

Legislature OKs $1B bipartisan spending plan for business tax breaks, scholarships and more

BY: - September 28, 2022

Updated, 9:06 p.m. 9/28/22, with additional comments During the Legislature’s final scheduled voting day before the post-election lame duck session, a $1 billion supplemental spending plan made it to the finish line as night fell in Lansing. Senate Bills 842 and 844 have been approved by both the state House and Senate. Michigan currently has […]

USDA hopes to boost fertilizer production as soon as next year

BY: - September 28, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $500 million to increase domestic fertilizer production, doubling its previous commitment, the agency announced. The federal dollars would boost long-term projects and ready-to-go proposals that might have an effect as early as next year. Some of the first projects to get funding from the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program […]

Albert resigns as House Approps chair, opposes new bipartisan spending plan

BY: - September 28, 2022

Updated, 10:43 a.m. 9/28/22, with comments from Rep. Whiteford State Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) on Wednesday resigned from the powerful post of House Appropriations Committee chair, citing differences in vision with others involved in crafting supplemental funding legislation that has been expected to pass later in the day. Earlier this month Albert voiced his opposition […]

Republicans saw the economy as Whitmer’s big weakness in the election. Has that changed?

BY: - September 28, 2022

Republicans have spent most of the 2022 cycle hurling attacks on the economy and inflation under Democrats Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and President Joe Biden — which many political analysts have said should help the party make gains during the midterms. “The Whitmer administration top-to-bottom is infected with a culture of progressive, anti-business political activism. It’s […]

Clash over climate change funding emerging in farm bill debate

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON —   As lawmakers begin envisioning the next farm bill, some U.S. House Republicans are wary of making climate change a priority for farmers and ranchers. The pushback from Republicans at a hearing last week came as the Biden administration has tried to make significant new investments in climate change mitigation on farmland, last […]