Business + Labor

AG asked to review GOP action modifying paid sick time, minimum wage initiatives

BY: - February 13, 2019

State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) wants the Michigan attorney general to take another look at last year’s GOP legislative maneuvering to weaken ballot initiatives on minimum wage and paid sick time. In a letter to Attorney General Dana Nessel, Chang requested an official opinion. The lawmaker wrote that the GOP-controlled Legislature’s moves last year to […]

Leaders grade gov. speech on jobs, auto insurance, education and more

BY: - February 13, 2019

There was no shortage of people giving their takes on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first State of the State speech on Tuesday night, including the man she jokingly referred to from the rostrum as “Mr. Julie Calley.” Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who’s married to current state Rep. Julie Calley (R-Portland), has appeared with Whitmer at […]

Bet on roads? Tribes could lose in gambling plan

BY: - February 12, 2019

Despite repeated failure, a bill has resurfaced that would inject $60 million of Native American gambling money into the state’s crumbling roads. Early this session, state Rep. Jeff Yaroch (R-Richmond) introduced House Bill 4093 that would use casino revenue shared with the state to help pave Michigan roads. The same bill failed to gain traction […]

Whitmer picks charter school advocate for new ‘prosperity’ position

BY: - February 12, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has tapped former charter school executive Doug Ross to serve as her senior advisor for “Michigan Prosperity,” according to a statement released from her office late Monday afternoon. In this role, Ross will work with Whitmer’s office to “improve workforce talent and educational attainment” and further overall economic development outcomes. “If we’re […]

Former state rep. lands on Public Service Commission

BY: - February 8, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed Dan Scripps, an energy policy expert and former state House representative, to serve on the Michigan Public Service Commission. Scripps, a Democrat from Northport who’s currently program director for Midwest Policy for the Energy Foundation, will fill a vacant slot on the three-member commission that provides oversight of the state’s […]

GOP Senate still undecided on scrapping gov. environmental order

BY: - February 8, 2019

Republicans remain displeased over a new environmental order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but it’s unclear if the GOP-led Legislature will ultimately throttle the measure. There’s been plenty of back-and-forth this week since Whitmer signed the measure on Monday. On Wednesday, the House rejected an executive order making organizational changes to the Department of Environmental Quality […]

AG pulls Michigan from ExxonMobil suit

BY: - February 7, 2019

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday continued her quest to remove the state from federal lawsuits her GOP predecessor had joined. Nessel announced she had exited the state from the case of ExxonMobil v. Healey in the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals. GOP former Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette had last year joined […]

SOTU: Trump still wants his wall, namechecks Michigan on NAFTA

BY: - February 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Trump implored Congress Tuesday to move past political gridlock in favor of bipartisan cooperation before he dug in on the border security fight that threatens to shut down the government yet again. “We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith deeper, and our middle class bigger […]

Dems fume as GM layoff start soon

BY: - February 5, 2019

Detroit-based auto manufacturer General Motors will begin thousands of job layoffs in the coming weeks, according to media reports. The company has become a lightning rod for Michigan’s Democratic congressional delegation. At the North American International Auto Show last month, lawmakers expressed anger at the manufacturer for moving to cut jobs during a time of […]

AG fights anti-worker rule, removes Michigan from voting, immigration suits

BY: - February 5, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition of 25 state chief law enforcement officials in opposing the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposal to weaken its joint employer standard. This part of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) governs the status and liability of an employer who oversees a worker with another employer, such […]

‘Rotten egg’ smell traced to Detroit Marathon refinery

BY: - February 4, 2019

A pungent rotten-egg smell originated from the Marathon Petroleum refinery in southwest Detroit, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) discovered this weekend. The DEQ caught wind of the odors on Saturday and promptly investigated the issue, according to a department press release. State officials traced the smell to a refinery coke-flare system and said that […]

As local governments lose millions from ‘dark stores,’ legislators seek fix

BY: - February 1, 2019

What could local governments do with an extra $100 million? They could hire more police officers, build trails, fix up parks, offer programs for seniors and more. But municipalities are already squeezed by the downward trend in state funding and have few options for raising revenue. The $100 million figure is not a random number, […]