Business + Labor

GOP Senate still undecided on scrapping gov. environmental order

BY: - February 8, 2019

Republicans remain displeased over a new environmental order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but it’s unclear if the GOP-led Legislature will ultimately throttle the measure. There’s been plenty of back-and-forth this week since Whitmer signed the measure on Monday. On Wednesday, the House rejected an executive order making organizational changes to the Department of Environmental Quality […]

AG pulls Michigan from ExxonMobil suit

BY: - February 7, 2019

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday continued her quest to remove the state from federal lawsuits her GOP predecessor had joined. Nessel announced she had exited the state from the case of ExxonMobil v. Healey in the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals. GOP former Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette had last year joined […]

SOTU: Trump still wants his wall, namechecks Michigan on NAFTA

BY: - February 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Trump implored Congress Tuesday to move past political gridlock in favor of bipartisan cooperation before he dug in on the border security fight that threatens to shut down the government yet again. “We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith deeper, and our middle class bigger […]

Dems fume as GM layoff start soon

BY: - February 5, 2019

Detroit-based auto manufacturer General Motors will begin thousands of job layoffs in the coming weeks, according to media reports. The company has become a lightning rod for Michigan’s Democratic congressional delegation. At the North American International Auto Show last month, lawmakers expressed anger at the manufacturer for moving to cut jobs during a time of […]

AG fights anti-worker rule, removes Michigan from voting, immigration suits

BY: - February 5, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition of 25 state chief law enforcement officials in opposing the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposal to weaken its joint employer standard. This part of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) governs the status and liability of an employer who oversees a worker with another employer, such […]

‘Rotten egg’ smell traced to Detroit Marathon refinery

BY: - February 4, 2019

A pungent rotten-egg smell originated from the Marathon Petroleum refinery in southwest Detroit, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) discovered this weekend. The DEQ caught wind of the odors on Saturday and promptly investigated the issue, according to a department press release. State officials traced the smell to a refinery coke-flare system and said that […]

As local governments lose millions from ‘dark stores,’ legislators seek fix

BY: - February 1, 2019

What could local governments do with an extra $100 million? They could hire more police officers, build trails, fix up parks, offer programs for seniors and more. But municipalities are already squeezed by the downward trend in state funding and have few options for raising revenue. The $100 million figure is not a random number, […]

Alert lifted at midnight after energy use drops 10%

BY: - January 31, 2019

Less than a day ago, one of the Michigan’s two largest utility companies considered shutting off heat at some homes during the coldest day since 1994.  General Motors agreed to freeze production until Friday after a fire at one of the utility company’s main natural gas storage fields made fuel inaccessible. But it wasn’t enough. […]

Consumers Energy fire spurs state to lower thermostat

BY: - January 31, 2019

State offices are turning down the thermostat by 5 degrees and asking residents to do the same during record-breaking sub-zero temperatures, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) announced Wednesday night. After an explosion at a Consumers Energy facility in Macomb County spurred a gas shortage, MPSC Chair Sally Talberg asked Lower Peninsula residents to turn […]

Food safety worries linger even as government shutdown ends

BY: - January 26, 2019

Updated, 8:15 p.m. The longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history finally ended on Friday, but some impacts, like food safety, could linger. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration dramatically scaled back food inspections due to the partial government shutdown that’s lasted 35 days. President Trump announced a deal to reopen the government Friday afternoon. […]

Reps. Dingell and Upton

Bipartisan bill makes state jobless benefits available for federal workers during shutdown

BY: - January 24, 2019

A bipartisan pair of Michigan lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), have teamed up with legislation for unpaid federal workers during the partial government shutdown. They introduced this week emergency legislation to allow states to make unemployment benefits available to unpaid federal workers, who, despite the shutdown, have continued to […]

Michigan gets $3M in Johnson & Johnson medical device settlement

BY: - January 23, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today that she and 45 other attorneys general reached a settlement with companies over medical devices. Michigan’s cut is $2.93 million. The AG office said the $120 million Consent Judgment with Johnson & Johnson and Medical Device Business Inc, formerly known as DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., resolves allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted […]