Rick Haglund: No evidence that Whitmer’s business tax hike will hurt jobs

BY: - March 30, 2019

When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed a 6-percent income tax on small businesses in early March, business lobbying groups and Republican lawmakers slammed it faster than you can say “lost decade.” The Michigan Chamber of Commerce called the proposed tax “alarming” and “a disaster for small business owners and jobs.” The Small Business Association of Michigan […]

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Sen. Ed McBroom talk to reporters after rejecting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order, Feb. 14, 2019

Shirkey ‘reviewing options’ after AG’s Line 5 opinion

BY: - March 28, 2019

Updated, 8:42 p.m., with Chatfield’s comments Republican leaders are considering their options — and some are vowing action — as Michigan’s attorney general and governor attempt to halt construction of a new Enbridge oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. On Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Dana Nessel issued her first opinion that a 2018 Lame […]

Brisbo to lead new Marijuana Regulatory Agency

BY: - March 28, 2019

The state official who led Michigan’s medical marijuana division will new head the state’s new Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA). Andrew Brisbo will direct the agency as it steers through a new era of legal recreational marijuana in Michigan as it rolls out separate regulations for medicinal pot. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her appointment of Brisbo […]

Lansing smokestacks ‘iconic,’ but city moves to cleaner power

BY: - March 28, 2019

Updated and corrected, 9:10 p.m. 3/29/19. Lansing’s famous smokestacks may have become an enduring part of the city’s legacy and branding, but they are fated to the dustbin of industrial legacy — and the fetish made of them by city leaders and entrepreneurs. A new $61,000* city branding campaign features the three smokestacks as a […]

4 business groups endorse Whitmer’s post-high school training programs

BY: - March 28, 2019

Michigan’s leading business groups are again throwing their support behind some of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposals. In a joint statement on Thursday, the heads of Business Leaders for Michigan, the Small Business Association of Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership with Whitmer […]

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the Fiscal Year 2020 budget presentation

Whitmer calls for MCCA audit as group announces insurance fee hike

BY: - March 27, 2019

Updated, 8:55 p.m. As lawmakers in Lansing have vowed, once again, to reform the state’s high auto insurance rates, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered an audit into the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA). The Livonia-based nonprofit was created by the Legislature in 1978. It collects annual fees from all insured Michigan drivers, in order to […]

Senate GOP launches website on lowering auto insurance rates

BY: - March 27, 2019

Michigan Senate Republicans are continuing their quest to lower auto insurance rates in the state and they’re calling on citizens to share their stories of what they would do with the savings. State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) on Wednesday tweeted about a new website,, that asks Michiganders: “What would it mean to […]

Report: Michigan should stop treating transit as a ‘social welfare program’

BY: - March 25, 2019

Michigan needs to rethink its approach to public transit, treating it as a “public utility” rather than as a “social welfare program.” That’s according to a new report from the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan (CRC) a Livonia-based public policy organization that was released last week during the Michigan Municipal League’s (MML) annual conference […]

Detroit Chamber backs Whitmer’s gas tax hike

BY: - March 20, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s roads tax plan got a warm reception last week at a Detroit Regional Chamber luncheon and now the group is making it official. The chamber on Wednesday said it’s endorsing Whitmer’s plan to hike the gas tax 45 cents starting Oct. 1 to raise $2.5 billion to fix Michigan’s roads. The governor […]

Nessel joins fellow AGs in backing payday lender regulations

BY: - March 20, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 23 states and the District of Columbia in urging the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to finalize regulations for payday lenders. In signing the letter with almost half of the country’s state attorneys general, Nessel said she aims to protect consumers in Michigan from falling victim to payday […]

Dingell introduces bill requiring warning label for children’s cosmetics

BY: - March 19, 2019

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) is at least the second member of Michigan’s congressional delegation to speak out about asbestos being detected in children’s cosmetics. Dingell, along with fellow U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), introduced on Monday House Resolution 1816 to mandate that all cosmetics marketed to children at least bear a warning label. The […]

Help available for customers part of Wells Fargo settlement

BY: - March 14, 2019

As part of a settlement late last year, Wells Fargo Bank has begun a new consumer compensation review program for those affected by its litany of scandals, which first emerged in 2016. In December, the San Francisco-based bank settled with attorneys general from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., for $575 million over allegations that […]