Business + Labor

Whitmer backs resolution to keep medical pot flowing

BY: - March 11, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking a medical marijuana licensing board in its penultimate meeting to keep licensed weed growers and processors open for business. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will ask the board to adopt a resolution that’s meant to maintain the supply of medical marijuana to patients before the board is […]

Washington Post endorses Whitmer’s gas tax, calls it a national ‘model’

BY: - March 10, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 45-cent tax hike to fix roads has gotten plenty of negative local coverage, but she’s picked up a big endorsement from the Washington Post, calling it a “model” for other states. “Ms. Whitmer’s plan is solid. Other states should take notice — and so should Congress,” the editorial board writes. Here’s how […]

Dems try to boost minimum wage after last year’s heartbreak

BY: - March 8, 2019

Carla Anderson believes that Michigan would have stronger communities if workers who make minimum wage — or close to it — have more take-home pay for their families. “Working people like me worked hard to get out the vote for the One Fair Wage Initiative,” said Anderson, a janitor who works at Renaissance Center in […]

No, pot money won’t fill Michigan’s potholes — not even close

BY: - March 8, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 45-cent gas tax increase to fix the roads has been met with a wide range of questions since she proposed it this week as part of her fiscal year 2020 budget. One of the most popular ones has been: Why can’t the state just use all the tax money from now-legalized recreational […]

Whitmer texted Shirkey over ‘doubling down on stupid’ remark

BY: - March 8, 2019

At a Detroit luncheon on Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had a rejoinder for state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), who had pointed criticism about her business tax proposal. Talking to reporters on Wednesday, Shirkey said that her plan to raise the 4.25 percent corporate income tax to 6 percent for S-corporations and limited liability […]

Whitmer’s plan spends more on roads in metro areas

BY: - March 7, 2019

Should Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pass her massive gas tax increase through a leery Legislature, her proposal would bypass an “inefficient,” almost 70-year-old mechanism for distributing road repair money. Since 1951, Michigan has traditionally used Public Act 51 as the primary mechanism for doling out state dollars for road repairs to local units of government. A […]

On this day in 1932: 4 killed during Ford Hunger March

BY: - March 7, 2019

The Ford Hunger March was carried out on March 7, 1932, during the Great Depression. It’s sometimes called the Ford Massacre, as five people eventually died. At least 5,000 unemployed metro Detroiters protested joblessness, hunger and poor living conditions. The march, which began in Detroit and ended at Dearborn’s Ford Motor Company’s Rouge Plant, was […]

Whitmer downplays reported business tax dealmaking in budget

BY: - March 6, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says her first budget proposal represents a “real solution” and now the negotiation process can begin. On Tuesday night, Crain’s Detroit reported that Whitmer has told business leaders they can “work against” her proposal to raise the 4.25 percent tax rate on S-corporations and other small businesses to 6 percent in exchange […]

Gilchrist, Chatfield to work with Duggan on auto insurance reform

BY: and - March 6, 2019

Mayor Mike Duggan’s call Tuesday night for the state Legislature to act on auto insurance reform wasn’t new — but he did have a powerful bipartisan fan club in attendance. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, a Democrat, and state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) sat together at his State of the City speech at Detroit’s East […]

Republicans leery, Democrats silent on governor’s gas tax hike

BY: - March 6, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s gas tax proposal to fix the roads — which would make Michigan the nation’s highest fuel tax state — is a tough sell for Republicans. Whitmer said the 45-cent increase phased in over a year is the “smartest” way to raise the the roughly $2.5 billion experts say is necessary to bring […]

Freedom Fund hammers Whitmer for ‘lazy’ roads plan

BY: - March 5, 2019

The conservative Freedom Fund is slamming Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, saying she’s gone back on an October debate statement that dramatically raising the gas tax is “ridiculous.” The governor’s budget proposal includes increasing the state’s fuel tax by 45 cents to fix the roads, which would give Michigan the nation’s highest gas tax. She told reporters […]

Governor earns split decision on budget from business groups

BY: - March 5, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fiscal year 2020 budget has, not surprisingly, won praise from education organizations, road builders, anti-poverty advocates and local government groups. When it came to business groups, however, the Democrat got a mixed review. Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, praised her roads plan. “Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) […]