Relief payments to Black farmers on hold amid lawsuits backed by former Trump aides, conservative groups

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former Trump administration officials and conservative and libertarian nonprofits have launched lawsuits to block federal relief funds aimed at Black and minority farmers — a development that House Agriculture Committee Chair David Scott of Georgia calls “an evil system at work here.” Suits have been filed in Florida, Wisconsin and Texas that say […]


B.A. Schaaff: We’ve had some important national wins for LGBTQ+ rights, but there’s more work to do

BY: - June 23, 2021

Pride Month is a chance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people to be proud and visible in a world that tells us not to be. Pride Month is a chance to celebrate and honor the work of LGBTQ+ people as we fight every day for equity and inclusion in society, in the […]

Detroit adult-use cannabis ordinance ‘likely unconstitutional,’ judge says

BY: - June 22, 2021

A federal judge has suspended a Detroit ordinance that gives preferences to certain residents who want to get into the marijuana business based on years of residency and other factors. In a 19-page opinion, Judge Bernard Friedman granted an injunction stating that the ordinance is “likely unconstitutional.” It comes after the city government created a […]

House votes to end $300 bonus in unemployment benefits

BY: - June 18, 2021

The Michigan House passed a bill Thursday that would eliminate the extra $300 in federal unemployment benefits for Michigan residents. House Bill 4434, introduced by Lori Stone (D-Warren), was originally intended to ensure the Unemployment Insurance Agency uses “plain language” for “correspondence and documents related to the taxes of employers and the benefits of individuals, […]

Whitmer to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions Tuesday as case numbers trend downward

BY: - June 17, 2021

All COVID-19 epidemic orders on gatherings and masks will come to an end early next week, 10 days ahead of schedule, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday. Beginning Tuesday, both indoor and outdoor settings may increase capacity back to 100% and residents will no longer be required to wear a face mask. Whitmer said the early […]


Rick Haglund: Absence of viable regional transportation continues to hurt SE Michigan

BY: - June 10, 2021

I recently traveled to an appointment in Dearborn, about 20 miles from my home in Oakland County. Good thing I own a car.  The trip took about 30 minutes. But traveling to my destination and back home by bus would have required a mile-long walk to the nearest bus stop, multiple bus transfers and gobbled […]

Colonial Pipeline CEO: ‘One of the toughest decisions I have had to make’ to pay a $4.4M ransom

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The CEO of Colonial Pipeline, which underwent a ransomware attack in early May that led to massive shutdowns of gas stations across the Southeast, said during a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday that it was his decision to pay a ransom to restore the company’s operations. “It was one of the toughest decisions […]

Michigan Senate panel votes to chop corporate taxes

BY: - June 3, 2021

Updated, 2:19 p.m., 6/3/21 with additional comments The GOP-led Michigan Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday convened to discuss and vote on various bills seeking to reform the state’s tax system — including rolling back the corporate income tax.  SB 392, introduced by Sen. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo), aims to cut the corporate income tax from 6% […]

To mask or not to mask: How some Capital City businesses are navigating relaxed CDC guidelines

BY: - May 28, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit businesses hard, particularly smaller operations. On top of the hardships of decreased revenue and more, businesses also have had to deal with a rollercoaster of government-imposed restrictions that have tightened and loosened as COVID-19 cases and our understanding of how to combat it continue to change. The most sudden change […]

Black-owned cannabis facility breaks ground in Inkster

BY: - May 24, 2021

Michigan Agricultural Services (MAS), an African-American firm, on Friday broke ground on a 25,500-square-foot high-tech indoor commercial cannabis processing facility in Inkster.  The $6 million project is scheduled to begin construction soon and is giving hope to some who have advocated for more opportunities for African Americans in Michigan’s marijuana industry after voters in 2018 […]

Whitmer, GOP leaders agree to negotiate budget, COVID orders

BY: - May 21, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders in the Legislature struck a deal Thursday evening to work together on next year’s budget, COVID-19 relief spending and pandemic health restrictions. With the Legislature passing initial Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budgets last week — which included big cuts to some key initiatives championed by the governor — state […]


Ron Bieber: Mean-spirited GOP attacks on unemployed workers must stop

BY: - May 21, 2021

Over the last several weeks, the dated, racist myth of the “welfare queen” has taken on a new form as corporations and Republican politicians have worked together to advance a false narrative that unemployment benefits are incentivizing people not to work.  Let’s get a couple things straight: First, the last president oversaw four years of […]