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Rick Hagland: Why repealing Right to Work is unlikely to hurt Michigan’s economy

BY: - February 4, 2023

On a bitter December day in 2012, the Michigan Legislature passed legislation — disguised as a measure to give workers more “freedom”— that in reality was designed to strip the financial and political power of labor unions. Thousands of union members and their supporters protested at the Capitol, but to no avail. Republican lawmakers who […]

Whitmer, Democratic leaders agree on tax plan framework, provide few details

BY: - February 3, 2023

Updated, 4:14 p.m., 2/3/23 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic leaders announced Friday that they have struck a deal on a framework for a tax relief plan — although few details were released.  “Michiganders sent a clear message in November. They want leaders who are going to get things done that help their families get ahead,” […]

State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds

BY: - February 3, 2023

WASHINGTON — A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers.  Americans for Safe Access issued its annual State of the States report on Thursday. The organization, a […]

Black Michigan mothers continue call for paid family leave legislation

BY: - February 3, 2023

As the 30th anniversary of the seminal federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) nears, African American Michigan mothers and caregivers on Thursday shared their experiences and called for state paid leave legislation.  “Paid leave helps parents be more responsive to their children,” said Christina Hayes, a paid leave organizer at Mothering Justice, a Detroit-based nonprofit. […]

Federal lawsuits hold up student loan relief for more than 500K approved borrowers in Michigan

BY: - February 2, 2023

About 860,000 Michiganders applied or were automatically eligible to get their student loan debt forgiven last year, according to data from the Biden-Harris administration, but that relief continues to be held up by lawsuits. In August,  President Joe Biden rolled out his plan to provide up to $20,000 in debt relief for borrowers earning less […]

Bill rolling back Michigan’s retirement tax heads to conference committee 

BY: - February 2, 2023

A bill that was set to change the state’s tax on retirement income is headed to conference committee for final negotiations.  The Democratic-led Senate on Wednesday gutted House Bill 4001. There has been speculation that in addition to reforming the so-called pension tax and increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working families — […]

Billions in federal farm payments flow to a select group of producers, report shows

BY: - February 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — The top 10% of recipients of federal farm payments raked in more than 79% of total subsidies over the last 25 years — producing billions of dollars for a relatively small group of U.S. producers, according to a new analysis of federal data from an environmental group. In total, the federal government paid more […]

Whitmer signs $1.1B funding for housing, small biz, jobs in earliest new session signing since 1947

BY: - January 31, 2023

Democratic leaders joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist in Lansing Tuesday morning for the signing of a $1.1 billion supplemental appropriations bill — the earliest a bill has been signed into law in a new session since 1947. Sponsored by Senate Appropriations Chair Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), Senate Bill 7 provides a funding […]

GOP U.S. House passes bill opening more public land to development if reserve oil is tapped

BY: - January 31, 2023

U.S. House Republicans passed a bill Friday to force the White House to make more federal land and waters available for oil and gas development if the president orders the withdrawal of more oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The bill, passed 221-205, mostly along party lines, would strip the president’s power to remove oil from […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Non-compete agreements are unfair to workers

BY: - January 31, 2023

Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission proposed a rule prohibiting employers from requiring employees to abide by noncompete agreements as a condition of employment.  The practice of requiring employees to sign a noncompete agreement is not new, but was traditionally required of higher-paid employees to prevent them from taking clients, trade secrets and resources […]

Nessel reaches $3.2M settlement in first PFAS case

BY: - January 30, 2023

The first settlement has been reached in Attorney General Dana Nessel’s ongoing legal fight against companies that have released toxic “forever chemicals” across Michigan, amounting to more than $3.2 million plus future costs incurred by cleanup efforts. Nessel filed an October 2020 lawsuit in circuit court alleging that Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, a plastic […]

Affordable, reliable and sustainable: report compares utility performance 

BY: - January 30, 2023

A nationwide comparison of electric utility performance by an Illinois consumer advocacy group found that customers in states that are heavily reliant on fuel oil and natural gas, as in the Northeast and South, tend to pay more than those with larger amounts of carbon-free generation, among other findings. It also found that Michigan is […]