Business + Labor

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.

Michigan is almost at full employment. What impact will minimum wage maneuvering really have?

BY: - December 4, 2018

While many progressives are up in arms at the GOP-led Legislature’s attempts to gut an initiative raising the minimum wage, a report this week in Crain’s Detroit points out that it could be a moot point anyway. That’s because many economists believe that because Michigan’s low unemployment rate is under 4 percent, the market rate […]

Blacks took lead as Michigan ‘freed the weed’

BY: - December 4, 2018

“I think it’s a tremendous victory that we freed the weed, as I like to say, or legalize marijuana in a time when African-Americans are four times more likely to be convicted of marijuana."

Economist: GOP minimum wage plan hurts low-wage workers, could halt some job losses

BY: - December 4, 2018

Last week’s push by the GOP-controlled Legislature to slow a the $12 minimum wage hike until 2030 will have a variety of economic ripple effects, according to a Purdue University economist.