Business + Labor

Updated: Economic development leaders urge Whitmer to stay the course

BY: - December 12, 2018

Updated: 12/12 at 11:15 a.m. As Michigan’s next governor prepares to take office next month, Gretchen Whitmer has met with leaders about keeping the economy moving in areas across the state. Birgit Klohs is the president and CEO of The Right Place Inc., a West Michigan business and economic development organization. She told reporters in […]

Legislature again tries to bar Michigan regulations from exceeding federal standards

BY: - December 11, 2018

A bill prohibiting state regulations from being more stringent than those in federal law is now on the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder, who vetoed similar legislation during his first year in office. House Bill 4205, sponsored by Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), amends state rules to mandate that heads of agencies must not adopt any regulations […]

Trump-backed short-term health plans introduced, but not supposed to move in Senate

BY: - December 10, 2018

A GOP bill introduced last week in the Michigan Senate takes aim at Obamacare, loosening regulations for short-term health insurance plans. But its future is uncertain. These policies have been a favorite of the Trump administration. In August, it issued a new rule allowing for plans that last up to 364 days, with an option […]

Educators converging on Lansing to protest Lame Duck bills this week

BY: - December 10, 2018

Marcus Walton said he didn’t knock doors this summer and fall to elect Democrats, only to have Republicans shove through an aggressive Lame Duck agenda that hurts teachers and students. “We lobbied and fought to get [Gov-Elect] Gretchen [Whitmer] and the Democratic slate elected and we accomplished that goal,” said Walton, a Detroit Public Schools […]

Clinton torches Michigan GOP for ‘dangerous’ moves limiting new Dem leaders’ power

BY: - December 6, 2018

Updated, 10:49 p.m. Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, has weighed in on Lame Duck legislative sessions in Michigan and Wisconsin. In a series of tweets on Thursday, she attacked Republican efforts in both states to limit the power of incoming Democrats who won major statewide elections in November. Clinton, who narrowly lost in […]

GOP bills aimed at public sector unions moving through Legislature

BY: - December 6, 2018

Two GOP bills aimed at public sector union employees in Michigan passed out of a House committee hearing this morning.

Democrats’ strategy on minimum wage and sick time initiatives backfires

BY: - December 6, 2018

Michigan Democrats who voted in September to OK minimum wage and sick leave ballot initiatives were counting on Republicans honoring the long-standing precedent not to fiddle with measures after passage.

Unions fight GOP effort to seize power over schools

BY: - December 5, 2018

As the frenzied-pace Lame Duck session continues, state GOP lawmakers are looking to maximize their power and influence over schools before Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is sworn in. But teacher unions are fighting back.

Former lawmaker leading economic opportunity nonprofit slams GOP-led Lame Duck assault

BY: - December 5, 2018

A former longtime state lawmaker who now leads a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity is dismayed by the frenetic Lame Duck session.

‘I’m insulted’: Service industry worker berates Michigan lawmakers over minimum wage, sick time maneuvers

BY: - December 4, 2018

Longtime service industry worker Tracy Pease told House members on Tuesday morning that she was “insulted” by GOP maneuvering to override citizens who supported a minimum wage increase via ballot proposal. The comments came during a hearing of the GOP-led House Competitiveness Committee, in which members voted along party lines to advance legislation that would […]

New bill could trash part of Milliken’s environmental legacy

BY: - December 4, 2018

The “bottle bill” was a key part of GOP former Gov. William Milliken’s environmental legacy.

Trump report: Rising temps could hurt Michigan farmers, Great Lakes

BY: - December 4, 2018

A new report from the Trump administration says rising temperatures over the next century will pose serious consequences for the United States and the world.