Business + Labor

Updated: No-fault overhaul crashes and burns, but supporters vow 2019 fight

BY: - December 20, 2018

Updated, 4:00 a.m. Dec. 21 An attempt to overhaul the state’s auto no-fault law has died in the House before a vote ever took place, according to a statement released by House Republicans. State Reps. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) and Joseph Bellino (R-Monroe) had been pushing fellow Republicans to support tiered auto insurance options in a […]

GOP memo: Latest no-fault plan won’t guarantee lower rates

BY: - December 20, 2018

The latest version of draft legislation to overhaul the state’s auto no-fault law scraps mandated insurance rate reductions. That’s despite allowing tiered plans that provide less medical coverage, according to a Republican memo obtained by the Michigan Advance. Lowering costs for Michiganders was a fundamental part of previous plans. It was the reason why no-fault […]

Recreational pot escapes Lame Duck unscathed, but advocates still uneasy

BY: - December 19, 2018

Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof’s plan to scale back the state’s newly minted recreational marijuana law is dead — and it never really stood a chance in the Legislature. But Michigan pot advocates are still uneasy about what’s going on with medical marijuana. Michigan passed the law legalizing weed for medical use back in […]

No-fault reform gearing up in House, but may sputter in Senate

BY: - December 19, 2018

The House is likely to take up an auto no-fault insurance overhaul Wednesday or Thursday, sources say, but the Senate may not have much appetite to give it another go this session. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-Grand Haven) has said he was not planning on taking up the issue again. And his spokesperson confirmed […]

Elder to lead Legislative Labor Caucus

BY: - December 18, 2018

Beginning next year, the Michigan Legislature will have its first group geared toward working people, whether organized or not, in decades. Chaired by state Rep. Brian Elder (D-Bay City), the nascent Michigan Legislative Labor Caucus will aim to better help both Democratic and Republican legislators from around the state learn and address issues impacting working […]

Some Lame Duck bills now likely dead after missing key deadline

BY: - December 17, 2018

The Michigan Legislature is on track to make the 2018 Lame Duck period the busiest in the body’s history, taking up legislation on issues ranging from changes to the new redistricting commission called for in Proposal 2 to deer sterilization permits. But several bills introduced in the Michigan House and Senate are now considered dead. […]

Updated: House looks to take up no-fault overhaul this week in Lame Duck surprise

BY: - December 17, 2018

Updated, 5:38 p.m. Amid the flurry of Lame Duck legislation this year, a plan is circulating in the state House to overhaul Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system. It could come up for a vote this week. The Michigan Advance obtained an early draft of the legislation and confirmed with multiple sources that Detroit Mayor Mike […]

Dems taking stock after last week’s loss on wage, sick time issues

BY: - December 17, 2018

Last week’s decision by Gov. Rick Snyder to sign legislation gutting citizen initiatives to raise the minimum wage and mandate paid sick time in the state was met with dismay and anger from many on the left. Among those was outgoing state Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio), who back in September voted against the GOP-dominated Legislature […]

Snyder signs neutered minimum wage, sick time bills

BY: - December 14, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed GOP legislation that drastically scaled back a minimum wage increase and guaranteed paid sick time from measures the GOP-controlled Legislature adopted in September. Both were citizen-led ballot initiatives that collected more than 370,000 signatures apiece in support of the measures, exceeding the 252,523 signatures required to put them to a statewide […]

GM closures cause concern, but Michigan economy still looks strong for 2019

BY: - December 14, 2018

Uncertainty over the closure of multiple General Motors plants aside, economists continue to have a favorable view of the West Michigan, state and national economies going into 2019. Speaking last week during an economic forecast event at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, economist Jim Robey said that while the GM plant closures have […]

Updated: Union recertification bill is dead

BY: - December 14, 2018

Updated, 10:20 p.m. The Michigan Senate adjourned tonight without taking up a bill that would have thrown up more hurdles for unions. A Senate GOP spokeswoman confirmed tonight that the bill is dead for this term. Sponsored by outgoing Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-Grand Haven Twp.), Senate Bill 1260 would require members of public […]

Whitmer talks roads, Asian carp with Trump at White House meeting

BY: - December 14, 2018

At the White House today, Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer naturally took the opportunity to talk with President Trump about “fixing the damn roads,” but she also said she raised the issue of Asian carp. “That was an interesting conversation because I don’t think President Trump had really had the chance to think, or learn much about […]