Business + Labor

Nessel fights price gouging on the ‘worst St. Patrick’s Day ever’

BY: - March 18, 2020

A box of gloves cost $19. A package of toilet paper will set you back $40. These are some of the complaints coming into the Michigan attorney general’s office consumer protection hotline in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Advance sat down with Attorney General Dana Nessel Tuesday evening just before she took a […]

‘COVID-19 is a virus that does not discriminate’: Advocates want help for marginalized people

BY: - March 17, 2020

A coalition of 49 community-based groups sent a letter Tuesday to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asking that she take immediate action to protect marginalized Michiganders during the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.  At the time of publication, the state has 65 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, but health officials believe […]

Detroit warming center official: ‘We are not panicking’

BY: and - March 17, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the nation, one of America’s largest warming centers said that its services haven’t been compromised at this point.  Chad Audi, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) president and CEO, on Monday remained optimistic.  “We are not panicking,” Audi told the Advance. “So that is good.” A statewide coronavirus hotline […]


The Legislature is meeting amid coronavirus. Some lawmakers are worried.

BY: - March 16, 2020

Updated, 7:41 p.m., 3/16/20 Michigan is under a state of emergency due to the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is banning events of more than 50 people and she already shuttered all K-12 schools. Bars and restaurants are restricted to take-out only. Gyms, movie theaters, recreation centers, casinos and other venues are closed. But […]

DTE, Consumers Energy suspend senior, low-income shutoffs

BY: - March 16, 2020

Both of Michigan’s largest public utilities have halted non-pay energy shutoffs for low-income and senior customers for the next three weeks, citing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan and the desire to relieve some stress for Michigan’s most vulnerable residents. Consumers Energy and DTE Energy both made the announcements Saturday evening. The end […]

COVID-19 impact: Some jobless benefits extended; gyms, movie theaters, other businesses shut down

BY: - March 16, 2020

Some Michiganders won’t have to worry about how they’ll afford to feed their families or keep the lights on.   That’s due to new action from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday. She signed two new executive orders in response to COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus. One will temporarily expand eligibility for unemployment benefits […]

Breaking: Whitmer shutting down bar, restaurant dine-in service at 3 p.m. Monday

BY: - March 16, 2020

The Michigan Advance has confirmed that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will order all Michigan bars and restaurants to stop their dine-in service due to the COVID-19 outbreak, effective at 3 p.m. Monday. A Whitmer spokeswoman said a news release detailing the order will be released Monday morning. The news was first reported by 9&10 News in […]

Michigan almost had robust sick leave in 2018. Republicans killed it.

BY: - March 16, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan continues to rise, thousands of Michiganders are being sent home from their jobs in an attempt to stop the spread. And with all K-12 schools shutting down Monday, many parents have no choice but to stay home with their children. Roughly 1.7 million Michiganders, or 55% of […]

Michigan now has 53 coronavirus cases

BY: - March 16, 2020

Within a few hours after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state officials gave an update on coronavirus in Michigan, the Michigan State Police announced Sunday night that the number of positive cases has grown to 53. At a 6 p.m. press conference, the governor announced that Michigan had 45 cases and one of them was a […]

Coronavirus cases climb to 45, casinos closing

BY: - March 15, 2020

In a press conference with other state officials Sunday evening, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the total cases of COVID-19 has risen to 45 — and notably, one of the newest cases is a young person. The updated number is 12 more cases than Saturday. The first two positive cases in Michigan were detected less […]

Price gouging could cost you $500 during coronavirus outbreak, AG cracking down on large gatherings

BY: - March 15, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Sunday to impose restrictions on price gouging in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan that has risen to 33 positive cases of the coronavirus as of this story’s publication.  Executive Order 2020-8 restricts businesses or individuals from reselling products at prices grossly higher than the original cost […]

Michigan now has 33 coronavirus cases, many bars still jammed for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

BY: - March 15, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Saturday evening that eight adults tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus. A statewide coronavirus hotline will be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the […]