Business + Labor

U.S. House GOP to keep earmarks for local projects — with some ‘tweaks’

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans voted Wednesday to keep earmarks in place when they take over the chamber in January, a move that solidifies GOP support for the controversial spending practice that was brought back under new guardrails and transparency mechanisms less than two years ago.  Earmarking has become especially important to members of both […]

U.S. House votes to avert calamitous rail strike, but Senate prospects murky

BY: - November 30, 2022

The U.S. House moved Wednesday to avoid an economically disastrous nationwide rail strike, voting to codify an agreement that members of some unions had already rejected and separately add paid sick leave that workers had demanded. The two-track approach allows Democrats to avert a strike that could cost the U.S. economy up to $2 billion […]

The future of the state’s EITC hangs in the balance this lame duck session

BY: - November 30, 2022

The Republican-led Legislature has the chance to pass a bill with bipartisan support during the lame duck session that would expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that helps working-class families. And advocates for the expansion are saying now is the time.  During a roundtable Wednesday, former state Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) said that […]

Albertsons-Kroger mega-deal raises questions from lawmakers about higher food prices

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Members of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee panel raised concerns during a Tuesday hearing that a proposed merger between two of the largest U.S. supermarket chains could mean a monopoly on groceries and lead to higher food prices for Americans. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Subcommittee on Competition […]

Biden calls CHIPS Act a ‘game-changer’ during Bay County semiconductor plant tour

BY: - November 30, 2022

President Joe Biden was in Michigan Tuesday to spotlight the expansion of a semiconductor manufacturing facility as he reinforces his economic agenda in advance of a Republican takeover in the House. Biden was in the Bay City area to visit the plant owned and operated by SK Siltron of South Korea. The $300 million expansion […]

More than $37 billion in disaster aid under scrutiny in congressional lame duck

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration wants Congress to approve more than $37 billion to help communities throughout the country recover from various natural disasters, including Hurricanes Ian, which battered Florida and the Southeast U.S. in late September, and Fiona, which hit Puerto Rico.  The supplemental funding request comes on top of a $9 billion COVID-19 […]

U.S. House to intervene in rail workers strike, heeding Biden call

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday said the House will take up legislation to ratify an agreement between rail workers and operators in order to avert a nationwide rail strike. “This week, the House will take up a bill adopting the Tentative Agreement — with no poison pills or changes to the […]

New poll: Nearly 60% have seen online calls for violence based on race, gender or sexual identity

BY: - November 28, 2022

Women, people of color and the LGBTQ+ community are all experiencing higher levels of harassment and threats of violence on social media than other users. That’s according to a new report set for release Tuesday commissioned by four advocacy groups; UltraViolet, GLAAD, Kairos and Women’s March, and conducted by YouGov. The Michigan Advance obtained an […]

Google to pay Michigan $12M over location tracking services, experts say it’s a win for consumers 

BY: - November 28, 2022

Google this month agreed to pay out $391.5 million across 40 states, including $12 for Michigan, after attorneys general sued the technology company for being deceptive about their location tracking practices in what experts said is an important win for consumers.  The settlement was a result of attorneys general suing Google for violating consumer protections. […]

What’s next in the fight over regulating short-term rentals in Michigan?

BY: - November 27, 2022

New Buffalo Mayor John Humphrey has been outspoken about his opposition to the rise of Airbnb-style rentals in his community, which held several packed public meetings in 2021 as the City Council took up the issue. Tackling short-term rentals was a tumultuous two-year process that included a moratorium on city-issued licenses for rentals in May […]

States test an electrifying idea: Roads that can recharge your EV

BY: - November 26, 2022

By Jenni Bergal for Stateline On two short stretches of road near downtown Detroit, Michigan transportation officials hope to make history. Over the next two years, they plan to embed technology in the pavement that can charge electric vehicles while they’re being driven. The wireless system will be the first U.S. test of so-called inductive […]

Millions of workers are dealing with Long COVID. Advocates call for expanding social safety net.

BY: - November 25, 2022

Emily Withnall caught COVID-19 from her teenager in July 2020. In the more than two years since, the 40-year-old has suffered from debilitating fatigue, spinal pain and heart palpitations.  In addition to her primary care doctor, she regularly sees a cardiologist and says her acupuncturist and craniosacral therapy help relieve her pain and the trouble […]