Business + Labor

Magic Johnson-backed state fairgrounds redevelopment moves forward

BY: - April 15, 2019

The long-vacant Michigan State Fairgrounds on the border between Detroit and Oakland County could soon see new life. On Monday morning, the state’s Land Bank Fast Track Authority announced that it had closed on a deal with real estate firm Magic Plus LLC to acquire 16 acres of the disused fairground. The city of Detroit, […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Republicans hit Whitmer by playing up urban vs. rural divide

BY: - April 13, 2019

Republican lawmakers who are dealing with a Democratic governor for the first time in eight years have already hatched a strategy to take back the seat: Claim at every turn that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is a city slicker who favors urban interests over the needs of the state’s rural population. My initial snarky reaction was […]

U.S. House panel investigating DTE, other utilities, for industry group ties

BY: - April 11, 2019

Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. is one of eight utility companies under investigation by the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, according to a statement on Thursday by the committee. The committee, which is chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), is investigating the involvement of DTE and other utilities around the country with […]

U.S. House passes bill to revive Obama-era net neutrality rules

BY: - April 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted on Wednesday to approve legislation that would reinstate former President Obama-era net neutrality rules that prevent internet service providers from meddling with web traffic. The legislation, dubbed the “Save the Internet Act” from U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) passed the House 232-190, largely along party lines. One Republican, Bill […]

NFIB rejects Whitmer road-funding plan

BY: - April 8, 2019

The membership of one of the state’s leading small business advocacy groups is vigorously opposed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45-cent gas tax increase aimed at fixing Michigan’s roads. The Michigan chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ (NFIB) rejection of the plan put it somewhat at odds with other business groups around the […]

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MSU grad student union says new contract hurts foreign students

BY: - April 5, 2019

Michigan State University’s graduate student employee union is crying foul over the university’s rejection of its latest contract re-negotiation, which it says will negatively impact international employees. Members of the union filled an MSU building lobby Thursday to grade papers in protest of the latest contract and the university nixing several union proposals. Those would […]

Gov. Whitmer signing an environmental measure

Whitmer doesn’t rule out Enbridge tunnel plan

BY: - April 4, 2019

Speaking with reporters this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not rule out ultimately supporting a plan from Canadian oil titan Enbridge to build a new buried pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Whitmer, along with Attorney General Dana Nessel, took action last week to stop construction plans for a planned new pipeline 100 feet beneath […]

Gov. Whitmer presenting the FY2020 budget

Whitmer, GOP leaders spar, no closer on deal for road funding

BY: - April 3, 2019

Michigan’s Legislature may be enjoying its final week of spring break before budget season begins in earnest, but the challenge of funding Michigan’s infrastructure continues to loom large. State House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have each taken to the airwaves over the last few […]

Demonstrators in Flint, MI in 2016

Judge allows Flint water class-action lawsuit to proceed, adds Snyder back as defendant

BY: - April 1, 2019

A federal judge issued a court order Monday allowing a class-action lawsuit over the Flint water crisis to proceed and reinstated former Gov. Rick Snyder as a defendant. U.S. District Court Judge Judith Levy said in Carthan v. Snyder that new evidence shows Snyder was aware of the health risks associated with drinking Flint River […]

Whitmer makes play for Georgia’s film industry, sans incentives

BY: - April 1, 2019

Updated 8:25 p.m. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is hoping to attract some of Georgia’s lucrative film industry as that state’s impending anti-abortion legislation has many in Hollywood threatening to take their work — and their money — elsewhere. That legislation, expected to be signed into law soon by Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, would outlaw […]

Audit: $175 million state HR system needs improvement

BY: - April 1, 2019

Updated, 3:20 p.m. with the State Budget Office’s comments. A new government audit shows that the Statewide Integrated Governmental Management Applications system used by almost 50,000 state employees — commonly known as SIGMA — needs improvements to its security and monitoring capacities. The State Budget Office (SBO) fully agreed with four out of the six […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: No evidence that Whitmer’s business tax hike will hurt jobs

BY: - March 30, 2019

When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed a 6-percent income tax on small businesses in early March, business lobbying groups and Republican lawmakers slammed it faster than you can say “lost decade.” The Michigan Chamber of Commerce called the proposed tax “alarming” and “a disaster for small business owners and jobs.” The Small Business Association of Michigan […]