Rick Haglund: Can Michigan grow its ‘blue economy’ while facing fallout from climate change?
A 2015 study exploring Michigan’s “blue economy” forecast a prosperous future in which Michigan’s enormous water resources would serve as the catalyst for thousands of high-paying new jobs as the state becomes the world’s “freshwater innovation capital.” “One hundred years after launching the industrial revolution, we look to a new green-blue revolution consisting of sustainable […]
States braced for a wave of COVID lawsuits. It never arrived.
In a legislative flurry, 30 states, including Michigan, instituted liability protections in late 2020 and early 2021 designed to protect businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits, out of fear that companies would be sued for exposing workers, clients or vendors to the swiftly spreading, deadly disease. Those lawsuits haven’t materialized. Proponents of the new laws say that’s […]
Whitmer vetoes GOP bill axing pandemic jobless benefits
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday vetoed a Republican bill that would have ended emergency unemployment benefits in Michigan. Under House Bill 4344, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Yaroch (R-Richmond), Michigan would have followed what 26 red states have done and ended the $300 per week supplemental federal jobless benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic that has left […]
Rick Haglund: Michigan continues to underinvest in higher education, in good times and bad
Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a record $17.1 billion K-12 spending bill that eliminates a nearly 30-year-long basic state funding gap between school districts and gives educators the resources they say they need to improve student performance. But at a time when most new jobs paying a living wage require a certificate or degree […]
Column: How would you like someone to trespass on your property and pocket $2M each day?
Enbridge Energy, the operator of Line 5 pipeline, is willfully thumbing its nose at our governor, state officials, tribes and landowners as it ignores the rights of owners of properties Line 5 crosses. Two examples: Straits of Mackinac and the reservation of the Bad River LaPointe Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. […]
More than 1M sign up for Michigan COVID-19 sweepstakes
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday more than 1 million Michiganders have entered the “MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes,” a lottery-style raffle that gives Michiganders vaccinated against COVID-19 a chance to win more than $5 million in cash and a combined total of nearly $500,000 in college scholarships. “The response by Michiganders to the MI Shot […]
Susan J. Demas: National parks are America’s best idea. Here’s how we can make sure they survive.
“No, wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principal of civilization itself.” — Edward Abbey, […]
White House says executive order coming on labeling beef as a ‘Product of USA’
WASHINGTON — The White House will unveil an executive order in the coming days that directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to clarify that meat can only receive a “Product of USA” label if that livestock is raised in the U.S. rather than abroad, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “The EO directs […]
Michigan Supreme Court to hear landmark LGBTQ rights case
The Michigan Supreme Court will bypass the Court of Appeals to hear arguments on a key LGBTQ civil rights case. In an order dated Friday that was released on Saturday, the high court said it will hear the appeal of Rouch World LLC v. Department of Civil Rights. The case will effectively determine whether Michigan’s […]
Column: There are 1.4 billion reasons for a bipartisan investment in childcare
After years of restrictive policies that prevented most families from receiving any assistance with their childcare costs, coupled with very low wages for childcare workers, COVID-19 lifted the veil on the underlying reality that without childcare, businesses can’t attract and keep talent, and Michiganders can’t get back to work to support their families. It is […]
State to offer cash for COVID-19 vaccinations
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced that the state will offer a lottery-style raffle designed to give Michiganders who have gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 a chance to win $5 million in cash and a combined total of nearly $500,000 in college scholarships. The “MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes” is open to residents aged 18 and […]
Rick Haglund: How COVID-19 was a ‘giant sledgehammer’ to the labor market
Twenty-six states, all run by Republican governors, are trying to force workers laid off in the devastating COVID-19 pandemic back to work by cutting off the $300 per week in enhanced federal jobless benefits they’ve been receiving. Pushed by employers who contend the extra cash makes it more lucrative for workers to stay home than […]