Business + Labor

Michigan Sugar Co. fined $562K for air, water violations

BY: - January 15, 2019

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has reached a settlement in Ingham County Circuit Court with a company operating a Bay City sugar beet processing plant over air and water violations. The Michigan Sugar Company will now pay more than $500,000 in environmental restoration projects and fines, cut back on odors the DEQ described […]

GOP leader on Whitmer’s equal pay directive: Ignore it

BY: - January 14, 2019

What’s Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s message to state contractors regarding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new equal pay directive? “Don’t worry about it,” the Clarklake Republican said in an interview with the Michigan Advance. During a 20-minute interview last week in the new Senate majority leader’s Capitol office, Shirkey called Whitmer’s new executive directive to halt […]

Congressional Dems angry at GM layoffs as Detroit car show kicks off

BY: - January 14, 2019

The North American International Auto Show kicking off in Detroit on Monday still offers the shiny debut of several new cars, albeit with the cloud of a vastly changing automotive industry. Democratic members of Michigan’s congressional delegation used the show to express frustration with large-scale corporate reorganizations at automotive manufacturers, namely General Motors. The Detroit-based […]

COMMENTARY

Poletown closing cuts deep

BY: - January 14, 2019

Southeastern Michigan residents are still reeling over General Motors’ announcement that it will lay off almost 15,000 workers and close out production at five North American plants. One of them is the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, known to many as the “Poletown Plant.” Just before the North American International Auto Show kicked off in Detroit this week, […]

Bliss seeks to expand racial equity as she nears re-election campaign

BY: - January 12, 2019

As the mayor of Michigan’s second-largest city prepares to run for a second term in office, she’s focused on continuing to make Grand Rapids a business-friendly city for enterprises of all sizes.   Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, a long time city commissioner who was elected as Grand Rapids’ first female mayor in 2016, has prioritized trying […]

GM layoffs could mean 16,000 fewer jobs overall in Michigan

BY: - January 11, 2019

Lawmakers and state officials were presented with a somewhat encouraging picture of the national and Michigan economies at a semi-annual budget conference Friday morning. However, General Motors layoffs put a damper on the outlook. Gabriel Ehrlich, director of the University of Michigan’s Department of Economics, reported that “Michigan’s economy has rarely been better than is.” […]

Right to Work repeal 1st bills for new Labor Caucus members

BY: - January 10, 2019

The first bills that will be introduced by members of the new Legislative Labor Caucus are familiar ones repealing Right to Work. The legislation signed by GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder in 2012 was a huge blow to the labor movement in Michigan, the home of the UAW. The law makes it easier for workers […]

Shutdown halts Michigan domestic produce inspections

BY: - January 9, 2019

Domestic produce being sold in Michigan grocery stores is not being federally inspected because of the partial government shutdown, according to state agriculture experts and national media reports. The shutdown has halted federal inspections of domestic produce, including fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S., per a federal lobbyist for the Michigan Farm Bureau and […]

Voters Not Politicians could challenge ballot proposal limits

BY: - January 8, 2019

Updated, 9:50 a.m., 1/9/19 A litany of legislation signed during last month’s Lame Duck session is under scrutiny as groups consider a variety of challenges. Voters Not Politicians is the organization that got Proposal 2 passed in November aimed at ending the practice of gerrymandered legislative districts in Michigan. The group may mount some kind […]

Former LG’s next job: business lobbyist

BY: - January 2, 2019

Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who left office on Tuesday, has already found his next line of work. Calley, a Republican who mounted an unsuccessful primary bid for governor last year, will serve as the president of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM), leading communications and government affairs work for the small business-focused membership […]

Gilchrist: ‘Exciting and humbling’ to be Michigan’s first African-American LG

BY: - December 28, 2018

On Jan. 1, Garlin Gilchrist II will make history when he is sworn as Michigan’s first African-American lieutenant governor. Gilchrist spoke with the Michigan Advance this morning in one of his first in-depth interviews since the Nov. 6 election and said his history-making role is both an “exciting and humbling opportunity.” The 36-year-old Detroit native […]

Snyder vetoes ‘baby box’, downtown development bills

BY: - December 28, 2018

Updated 12/28/18 at 10:50 a.m. Gov. Rick Snyder today vetoed 11 bills, including GOP-sponsored legislation that would have permitted altering downtown development areas and allowed parents to give up children in “baby boxes” in designated spots. The term-limited Republican is down to his final days in office after a hectic Lame Duck session that resulted […]