Like Snyder, Whitmer opposes online gambling legislation

BY: - May 8, 2019

Legislation to legalize online gambling in Michigan that former Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed last year could meet a similar fate under current Gov. Gretchen Whitmer without fiscal changes. The package of bills, which hinges on passage of House Bill 4311 sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Portage), would make Michigan just the seventh state to […]

‘All options on the table’ as Whitmer threatens to veto Senate no-fault plan

BY: - May 7, 2019

Michigan Republican House leaders are not ruling out anything as they consider a Senate-passed plan to overhaul the state’s auto no-fault insurance that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has already threatened to veto. Just hours after the GOP-controlled Senate approved Senate Bill 1 allowing drivers to opt out of mandatory injury coverage included in current auto insurance […]

Senate fast tracks auto insurance overhaul that doesn’t mandate rate cuts

BY: - May 7, 2019

A Republican plan that purports to drive down auto insurance costs won swift approval in the Michigan Senate Tuesday afternoon. The GOP-controlled Senate Insurance and Banking Committee on Tuesday morning approved a legislative overhaul that would offer tiered coverage options to Michigan drivers, including one that does not include any Personal Injury Protection (PIP). In […]

FCA-Detroit deal edges closer to reality

BY: - May 6, 2019

The city of Detroit continues to get closer to securing a $2.5 billion investment from automaker Fiat-Chrysler Automotive (FCA). The city announced Friday that it had completed deals — a week later than an initial 60-day deadline — with various property owners to acquire about 215 acres on Detroit’s east side. As part of the […]

Whitmer orders examination of Michigan auto insurance rates

BY: - May 1, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants the state’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) to look into Michigan’s sky-high auto insurance rates. In a news release on Wednesday, the Democratic governor directed the agency to examine how insurance providers in Michigan use non-driving factors like ZIP codes, credit scores and educational attainment as a way of […]

Michigan takes center stage in congressional hearing on auto insurance

BY: - May 1, 2019

A U.S. House panel hearing Wednesday on discrimination in auto insurance and loan rates took a familiar turn, with Michigan playing a key role. The debate in the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations was similar to discussions in Michigan’s Legislature, with Republicans pointing fingers at Michigan’s one-of-a-kind no-fault system for high […]

SBAM President Brian Calley

Calley emerges as Whitmer’s favorite Republican

BY: - April 28, 2019

In the four months since leaving his job as Michigan’s lieutenant governor, Brian Calley views Sunday mornings as perhaps the biggest change. Calley, who was plucked from the Legislature to run alongside Republican gubernatorial nominee Rick Snyder in 2010, has now been president of the Lansing-based Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) since Jan. 1. […]

Pence stumps in Michigan for new trade deal, Trump’s re-election

BY: - April 24, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence made a trip through Southeast Michigan Wednesday morning, touring the Dearborn Ford auto plant before appearing after a panel of auto industry executives in Taylor to advocate for a new North American trade deal. Pence’s remarks hit familiar notes, lavishly praising President Donald Trump and lauding the country’s low unemployment rates […]


Lisa Canada: Lawmakers should act quickly to stop payroll, tax fraud hurting workers

BY: - April 24, 2019

The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights represents more than 14,000 men and women who build our state from the ground up. From the bridges we drive across, to the schools, hospitals and factories we depend upon, our members work hard for good, Michigan contractors and build the infrastructure our state needs. But not […]

Pence to talk NAFTA replacement in Southeast Michigan Wednesday

BY: - April 23, 2019

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit Michigan on Wednesday to push a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) replacement plan, according to his office. Pence is set to speak at an event in Romulus for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign and then tour a Dearborn Ford Motor Co truck plant. Afterward, he will […]

Waymo announces Detroit manufacturing location

BY: - April 23, 2019

Three months after getting an $8 million incentive grant from the state, Google-affiliated autonomous carmaker Waymo has found its home in Detroit. On Tuesday, the company said it would “partner” with American Axle and Manufacturing at its location at I-75 near the GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. The company said it will “repurpose an existing facility, […]

Tlaib, Carter thump auto insurance credit scoring

BY: - April 22, 2019

Detroit resident Dotti Sharp has endured her auto insurance rates shooting up from about $160 a month three years ago to more than $200 a month today. “It keeps rising up,” Sharp said on Monday. “I have no tickets. No accidents. So why does it keep going up?” She joined two of her legislators during […]