Business + Labor

As Michiganders struggle to afford health care, leaders push lawmakers to act

BY: - August 11, 2022

Michiganders are having trouble accessing and paying for both physical and mental health care and want their state and federal lawmakers to prioritize driving down health care costs, including by capping insurance deductibles and curbing what insurers can charge patients, according to a new survey. Lansing-based EPIC-MRA, a survey research firm, in June asked 609 […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Republicans claim we’re in a recession, but most economists say otherwise

BY: - August 8, 2022

Now that the candidates for November’s general election are set, you’re going to be hearing the dreaded R-word, as in recession, even more than in the past few months. Are we heading for one? Are we already in one? And what the heck is a recession, anyway? Republican candidates trying to unseat Democratic incumbents will […]

U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats

BY: and - August 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. The 755-page bill was passed after Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the evenly divided Senate. […]

U.S. Senate Democrats’ climate, health and tax bill clears first hurdle to passage

BY: and - August 6, 2022

The U.S. Senate voted along party lines Saturday night to advance to debate on Democrats’ sweeping energy, health and taxes bill, clearing a major hurdle to passage. The 51-50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, cleared the chamber to debate and vote on amendments to the measure and indicated that it had enough support from […]

Senate Democrats reach deal with Sinema on big climate, health and tax deal

BY: - August 5, 2022

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the enigmatic Democrat from Arizona, is once again at the center of attention in Congress, where she’s the linchpin in Democrats’ plans to pass a party-line climate, health and taxes bill. Democrats need every member of their Senate caucus to support the sweeping 725-page bill for it to pass in the […]

Record rent increases, low wages are driving an eviction crisis, U.S. Senate panel told

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Witnesses in a Tuesday hearing detailed to a U.S. Senate committee how investors and stagnant wages are driving an eviction and housing crisis across the U.S. The chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, said that families are being priced out of buying homes, and rising […]

Biden virtually joins Michigan leaders to celebrate bipartisan CHIPS Act

BY: - August 2, 2022

President Joe Biden virtually joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Tuesday to tout the recent federal legislation that supporters said will boost American manufacturing, create jobs and lower costs by stabilizing the supply chain. “The bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act will make a once-in-a-century investment in American industry to create and protect tens of thousands of jobs, […]

Judge delays minimum wage, paid sick leave ruling from taking effect until February

BY: - August 2, 2022

Minimum wage workers in Michigan will have to wait until next year before they see a court-ordered hike in their pay. Court of Claims Judge Douglas Shapiro last week issued a stay of his July 19 ruling that rejected 2018 changes made by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature to weaken minimum wage and sick leave […]

Here’s how COVID-era policies bolstered economic security for Michigan children

BY: - July 29, 2022

COVID-era policies lifted many Michigan families with children out of poverty and helped them secure affordable housing, according to a new report by the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP), a Lansing-based think tank.  Now advocates are worried about what it will mean for children in the state if those extra resources end.  The new […]

Hackel hasn’t endorsed fellow Democrat Whitmer, says they ‘are having conversations’

BY: - July 28, 2022

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said on Thursday that he voted early but did not reveal who he voted for in the Tuesday gubernatorial primary election. He also said that has not endorsed Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer but that the two are “having conversations.”  “I know that I voted for Mark Hackel for county executive,” […]

Social justice coalition fights utility rate hike requests

BY: - July 28, 2022

The Defend Black Voters Coalition during a public meeting in Detroit on Wednesday called for the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to reject energy rate increases for two utilities.  The action came as MPSC considered a request for leading utility companies DTE and Consumers Energy to secure rate increases of 9% and 7%, respectively. The […]

Whitmer calls U.S. Senate passage of chips shortage measure a win for Michigan

BY: - July 27, 2022

After the U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed legislation tackling the semiconductor chips shortage, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shared her support and called the bipartisan decision “a win for Michigan’s workers, manufacturers, and consumers.” “This game-changing bill will make once-in-a-generation investments to set up the United States for decades of economic growth by bringing this vital supply […]