Business + Labor

House, Senate appeal to Supreme Court on worker initiatives

BY: - February 20, 2019

Both chambers of Michigan’s GOP-controlled Legislature adopted resolutions on Wednesday asking the state’s top court to weigh in on lingering legal questions over two citizen-driven initiatives. Republican legislative leaders said Tuesday that they want an opinion from the Michigan Supreme Court on minimum wage and paid sick leave legislation that was adopted and later changed […]

Detroit turns page on Cobo, bank to rename convention center

BY: - February 20, 2019

The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) on Wednesday awarded the naming rights of 723,000-square-foot Cobo Center in Detroit to Chemical Bank. The facility is named for former Detroit Mayor Albert E. Cobo. Many African-Americans have long called for the facility to be renamed, given Cobo’s record of racial discrimination in the city. The Rev. […]

House Republicans offer ‘guiding principles’ for term

BY: - February 20, 2019

Republican members of the Michigan House on Tuesday unveiled their action plan for the 2019-20 legislative term, hitting on issues they’ve stressed before. During the 12-minute, broad-strokes presentation, the 58-member majority caucus talked about: Improving infrastructure, including roads, public water systems and broadband. Protecting constitutional rights and religious freedoms. Addressing mental illness and victims of […]

GOP legislators want to bypass AG on minimum wage, sick time initiatives

BY: - February 19, 2019

Updated, 7:50 p.m. with comments from Rep. Darrin Camilleri: GOP legislative leaders hope to go around the attorney general over questions on two ballot initiatives and instead go straight to the Michigan Supreme Court. State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) last week asked Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, to review the GOP-controlled Legislature’s decision last […]

Immigrant detention company could buy private land since Whitmer nixed plan

BY: - February 19, 2019

A Virginia-based company that planned to build a private immigrant detention center in Michigan may now consider buying private property after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer halted its state land sale bid, the company’s legal counsel said. Whitmer, a Democrat, reversed a state land bank decision under GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder that would have sold the […]

Whitmer wants to fix the damn roads. Citizens wonder why the last tax hike wasn’t enough.

BY: and - February 18, 2019

In her first State of the State address last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer painted a vivid picture of school buses driving on unsafe roads and chunks of concrete “slamm[ing] through windshields. “It endangers our lives. And robs us of our time and our hard-earned money. It hurts our businesses’ bottom lines. It jeopardizes our edge […]

Business lobbyists: GOP minimum wage, sick leave law changes were legal

BY: - February 16, 2019

Some of the state’s top business lobbyists believe they’re in the clear as Attorney General Dana Nessel begins a review of GOP maneuvers last year to water down citizen initiatives on increasing the minimum wage and mandating paid sick time. Business groups like the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) […]


Rick Haglund: Biz groups fighting Whitmer’s environmental agenda fail to see big economic picture

BY: - February 15, 2019

Republican leaders in the Legislature have pledged to work cooperatively with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on solving the tough issues facing the state. But apparently that spirit of collaboration doesn’t apply when she does something they don’t like. GOP lawmakers and business lobbying groups are incensed with Whitmer over a recent executive order she issued […]

Video: Lawmakers on gov. agenda of equal pay, auto insurance reform

BY: and - February 15, 2019

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ramps up to reveal her first budget next month, Republican and Democratic lawmakers, not surprisingly, are hoping to hear different things. The Advance interviewed legislators following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first State of the State address on Tuesday. Democrats tended to praise her for highlighting long-term problems in state government like low […]


Shades of Cherry Commission in Whitmer’s education and workforce agenda

BY: - February 14, 2019

Do you remember what the Cherry Commission was? If so, congratulations. Like me, you are a huge policy nerd. But in light of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announced goal at her State of the State address to have 60 percent of Michigan residents attain a post-high school credential by 2030, it’s worth taking a trip in […]

West Michigan biz leaders cheer Whitmer’s LGBTQ rights push

BY: - February 13, 2019

Several members of West Michigan’s famously conservative business community are on board with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s call in her State of the State address for expanded LGBTQ protections. It’s legislative Republicans who continue to oppose the move. Speaking before almost 400 people in Grand Rapids on Wednesday morning, just 12 hours after finishing her speech […]

AG asked to review GOP action modifying paid sick time, minimum wage initiatives

BY: - February 13, 2019

State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) wants the Michigan attorney general to take another look at last year’s GOP legislative maneuvering to weaken ballot initiatives on minimum wage and paid sick time. In a letter to Attorney General Dana Nessel, Chang requested an official opinion. The lawmaker wrote that the GOP-controlled Legislature’s moves last year to […]