Economic Justice

U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats

BY: and - August 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. The 755-page bill was passed after Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the evenly divided Senate. […]

U.S. Senate Democrats’ climate, health and tax bill clears first hurdle to passage

BY: and - August 6, 2022

The U.S. Senate voted along party lines Saturday night to advance to debate on Democrats’ sweeping energy, health and taxes bill, clearing a major hurdle to passage. The 51-50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, cleared the chamber to debate and vote on amendments to the measure and indicated that it had enough support from […]

Record rent increases, low wages are driving an eviction crisis, U.S. Senate panel told

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Witnesses in a Tuesday hearing detailed to a U.S. Senate committee how investors and stagnant wages are driving an eviction and housing crisis across the U.S. The chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, said that families are being priced out of buying homes, and rising […]

Judge delays minimum wage, paid sick leave ruling from taking effect until February

BY: - August 2, 2022

Minimum wage workers in Michigan will have to wait until next year before they see a court-ordered hike in their pay. Court of Claims Judge Douglas Shapiro last week issued a stay of his July 19 ruling that rejected 2018 changes made by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature to weaken minimum wage and sick leave […]

Here’s how COVID-era policies bolstered economic security for Michigan children

BY: - July 29, 2022

COVID-era policies lifted many Michigan families with children out of poverty and helped them secure affordable housing, according to a new report by the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP), a Lansing-based think tank.  Now advocates are worried about what it will mean for children in the state if those extra resources end.  The new […]

Michigan CEOs make more than employees by factors of hundreds, new report says

BY: - July 27, 2022

Updated, 4:16 p.m., 7/28/22 with comments from Whirlpool At least nine Michigan companies pay their CEO more than 100 times what their median worker earns, according to a recent report.  The report was compiled by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a federation of 57 national and international labor unions […]

Fair lending ballot initiative falls short of required signatures

BY: - July 21, 2022

After a review of signatures, the State Board of Canvassers determined Thursday that the Michiganders for Fair Lending did not collect enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot.  The initiative aimed to cap payday loan interest rates in the state. The board unanimously voted to accept the Bureau of Elections’ recommendation that the […]

Michigan’s minimum wage could increase after judge’s ruling

BY: - July 21, 2022

Minimum wage workers in Michigan could see a pay raise following a judicial ruling this week. On Tuesday, a Michigan Court of Claims judge rejected 2018 changes made by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature to weaken minimum wage and sick leave laws, declaring them as unconstitutional. At issue were petitions turned in by advocates to […]

More than 1,000 University of Michigan nurses set to picket as they fight for new contract

BY: - July 15, 2022

Renee Curtis has seen a lot in her two decades working as an emergency department nurse at the University of Michigan’s hospital in Ann Arbor.  But she never expected to be where she is now: fighting for Michigan Medicine to address what she called a staffing crisis that has prompted an exodus of both longtime […]

Detroit court, ACLU settle cash bail suit

BY: - July 12, 2022

Michigan’s largest district court and social justice advocates announced on Tuesday that they have settled a federal class-action lawsuit over cash bail practices, which activists say routinely and unconstitutionally jail poor and working-class defendants despite evidence of their inability to pay. Detroit’s 36th District Court, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Bail Project, […]

U of M study: Women, Hispanics and low-income Michiganders hit hardest by Long COVID

BY: - July 10, 2022

About one in five Michiganders infected with coronavirus develop “Long COVID,” and the often debilitating chronic illness that leaves people struggling with fatigue, cardiac issues and breathing problems. And it is more prevalent among women, Hispanics, people with lower incomes and those over the age of 75, according to a new report from the Michigan […]

‘Get your hands off our bodies’

BY: - July 7, 2022

Women of color are vowing to push back against the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to end constitutional protection for abortion. Last month, the right-wing U.S. Supreme Court announced it had overturned of the seminal 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling with a decision in a Mississippi case.  State Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) and State Rep. […]