Business + Labor
Legislature again tries to bar Michigan regulations from exceeding federal standards
A bill prohibiting state regulations from being more stringent than those in federal law is now on the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder, who vetoed similar legislation during his first year in office. House Bill 4205, sponsored by Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), amends state rules to mandate that heads of agencies must not adopt any regulations […]
Trump-backed short-term health plans introduced, but not supposed to move in Senate
A GOP bill introduced last week in the Michigan Senate takes aim at Obamacare, loosening regulations for short-term health insurance plans. But its future is uncertain. These policies have been a favorite of the Trump administration. In August, it issued a new rule allowing for plans that last up to 364 days, with an option […]
Educators converging on Lansing to protest Lame Duck bills this week
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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 […]