Business + Labor

Senate filibuster on voting rights criticized by advocates for the poor

BY: - January 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Progressive lawmakers Friday joined a virtual news conference with organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign and said they are not giving up on the push to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held the virtual meeting to kick off its plans for a […]

Bridge funding in infrastructure law on the way to states

BY: and - January 14, 2022

The federal government will begin releasing more than $5 billion for distressed bridges in the first year of funding under the recent infrastructure law, President Joe Biden said in a Friday video message. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state of Michigan is expected to receive $563.1 million over five years to build, repair or replace bridges. […]


Rick Haglund: Rising prices aren’t slowing Michigan’s economic recovery. But omicron might.

BY: - January 12, 2022

Michigan’s economy is in shambles, the Michigan Republican Party would like you to think. The GOP’s key data point? Detroit-based Little Caesars has raised the price of its $5 Hot-N-Ready pizza by a whopping 55 cents, the first such price increase in 25 years. Michigan GOP spokesman Gustavo Portela blamed the price hike on “[President] […]

Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

BY: - January 10, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain health care workers […]


Susan J. Demas: The kids are not all right. Denying omicron’s impacts won’t make it better.

BY: - January 10, 2022

Less than an hour after my youngest left for high school Friday, I got the text. Less than a third of the kids in his class were there for first period. There was another substitute. And there were 10 more reported COVID cases in the school (on top of many more earlier that week). He’s […]

Would Whitmer have run for governor in 2018 if she knew COVID and an assassination plot lay ahead?

BY: - January 3, 2022

As the last two tumultuous years of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s term came to a close, she talked with the Advance about bipartisan business incentives, the future of Roe v. Wade, the 2022 election and more. But first, the Advance asked the Democratic governor if she knew what she knows now about a global pandemic, the […]

Federal law still treats marijuana as an illegal drug, creating headaches for states

BY: - January 1, 2022

Most states in the U.S. are in violation of a major federal drug statute.  The 1971 Controlled Substances Act lists marijuana in the most dangerous category defined in the law, on par with cocaine and heroin because of its supposed potential for abuse and lack of medical applications.  But 36 states plus the District of […]

As snow and ice disappear with climate change, some Michigan businesses struggle

BY: - December 27, 2021

Jim Rudicil says West Michigan winters have been fickle since 1984 — the year he helped open the winter sports complex inside Muskegon State Park. The longtime executive director of the Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park, formerly known as Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, and his team have made do with Mother Nature’s handiwork. But it’s […]

Holiday artwork ‘gives hope’ in Muskegon Heights downtown focused on reinvestment 

BY: - December 24, 2021

At first glance, the holiday decorations that have emerged in downtown Muskegon Heights are familiar fare: paintings of Santa and snowmen, Charlie Brown characters and a tree laden with candy canes and red bows adorn shop windows.  For residents of the West Michigan city, however, these decorations are more than a typical holiday celebration: They […]

Site of Detroit’s first Black-owned bookstore secures federal preservation grant

BY: - December 22, 2021

The site of a Detroit bookstore that was owned and operated by a former state House member for nearly 40 years has been identified by the National Park Service (NPS) for a $15,000 grant designed to preserve history in underrepresented communities. Vaughn’s Bookstore was owned by Ed Vaughn, who operated it between 1959 and the […]

Nessel says she will back Biden vaccine mandate in SCOTUS case

BY: - December 22, 2021

If an opportunity arises, Attorney General Dana Nessel will support President Joe Biden’s worker vaccine mandate before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Michigan AG told reporters at a media roundtable Monday. Attorneys general from Republican-led states, religious groups, manufacturing companies, and others are asking the Supreme Court for emergency action to block the Biden administration […]

Kellogg workers approve new contract, ending 11-week strike

BY: - December 21, 2021

Updated, 4:59 p.m., 12/21/21 with comments from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office Unionized Kellogg’s workers from four states, including a cereal plant in Battle Creek, voted to approve a new five-year contract that increases wages and expands health care, ending one of the country’s longest strikes this year, union and company officials announced Tuesday. About 1,400 […]