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Susan J. Demas: National parks are America’s best idea. Here’s how we can make sure they survive.

BY: - July 7, 2021

With steady progress against COVID-19 and almost half of Americans fully vaccinated, millions are already flooding our 63 national parks this summer. I can’t blame people for celebrating their newfound freedom from the pandemic’s threat to our health and our spirits in what filmmaker Ken Burns aptly called “America’s Best Idea.” It’s entirely fitting to […]

White House says executive order coming on labeling beef as a ‘Product of USA’

BY: - July 6, 2021

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 […]

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Michigan Supreme Court to hear landmark LGBTQ rights case

BY: - July 6, 2021

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 […]

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Column: There are 1.4 billion reasons for a bipartisan investment in childcare

BY: - July 2, 2021

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 

BY: - July 1, 2021

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 […]

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Rick Haglund: How COVID-19 was a ‘giant sledgehammer’ to the labor market

BY: - June 29, 2021

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]