Business + Labor

Ballot initiative deadline passes, only payday loan effort submits signatures

BY: - June 2, 2022

After months of circulators gathering signatures, the deadline for initiatives to create or amend state law has passed — with only one group submitting signatures for placement on the November ballot. The only submission came from Michiganders for Fair Lending according to Tracy Wimmer, spokesperson for the Michigan Department of State.   Michiganders for Fair Lending […]

Passenger and freight rail projects in 32 states get millions from U.S. DOT

BY: - June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. government is doling out millions of dollars to railroad projects throughout the country in hopes of improving supply chains and passenger rail service. The announcement by the Biden administration of $368 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements will go to more than 46 projects designed to improve safety and […]

Buttigieg says investing in transportation could be the answer to lower inflation

BY: - June 1, 2022

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joined the state’s leading legislators, lobbyists and business leaders at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference Wednesday to discuss the nation’s high inflation rates and supply shortages. The former South Bend, Ind., mayor pointed to expanding rail infrastructure to help meet these needs. “Supply chain problems have been building in this […]


Column: It’s time to build a budget that helps Michigan work for all residents

BY: - June 1, 2022

The state’s budget isn’t just a ledger of revenues and expenditures — it is a statement of our state’s priorities. What policymakers choose to spend our state’s resources on each year shows Michigan residents what we as a state value. And these funding priorities have significant power. Budget decisions have the opportunity to reduce and […]

‘Blacinaw Island’ activists call out Detroit Chamber’s Mackinac lsland policy confab

BY: - May 31, 2022

Updated, 11:45 a.m., 5/21/22 They met under a huge peach tree nestled on a grassy double lot during a sweltering 90-degree evening in Detroit — not the breezy porch of the Mackinac Island Grand Hotel.  It was an annual “Blacinaw Island” meeting in the city’s North End community. The Monday gathering included Detroit activists who […]


Rick Haglund: Indiana economist says focus on low taxes and less regulations has been a bust

BY: - May 30, 2022

Over the past few decades, Indiana has often been cited as a strong economic model for neighboring Michigan. Michigan economic developers, business lobbyists and mostly Republican lawmakers have long envied the Hoosier State’s business-friendly policies that include low taxes, light regulation and aggressive business attraction tactics. Those elements apparently helped Indiana best Michigan in winning […]

Infant formula stockpile for the U.S. suggested by FDA chief

BY: - May 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government should consider creating a stockpile of infant formula to avoid the possibility of future shortages, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told a Senate committee on Thursday. Commissioner Robert Califf said during his third hearing on Capitol Hill about the months-long shortage that his agency and lawmakers […]

FDA chief cites ‘egregiously unsanitary’ conditions at Michigan baby formula plant

BY: - May 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that he’s found no evidence of intentional delay or malfeasance within the agency — though it took months to act on a whistleblower report of what he called “egregiously unsanitary” conditions at an infant formula plant in Michigan. FDA Commissioner […]

Whitmer, White House tout Michigan electric vehicle efforts 

BY: - May 25, 2022

Efforts to advance Michigan’s automotive sector in a “pro-climate” direction was the focus of an online discussion Tuesday hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) featuring Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “The Future of Mobility, From the Midwest to Beyond,” was hosted by CAP President and CEO Patrick Gaspard and featured what was billed as “a […]

Bills call for ending state’s nearly decade-long oversight of Detroit

BY: - May 24, 2022

State Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) introduced legislation last week that would end nearly a decade of state oversight of Detroit. The bills introduced on May 17 call for repealing conditions of the “Grand Bargain,” a controversial plan that used funds from foundations, corporations, unions and the state to protect the Detroit Institute of Arts and […]

On this day in 1964: LBJ lifts up ‘Great Society’ policies during U of M commencement 

BY: - May 22, 2022

On May 22, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson called on the American government to implement policy ideas that would come to be known as the “Great Society” during spring commencement at the University of Michigan. He delivered the address before 90,000 people at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Gov. George Romney, who was later considered a […]

Under fire from Congress, FDA chief says baby formula shortage will improve soon

BY: - May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Robert Califf told Congress Thursday that the infant formula shortage will likely begin to improve in the coming days, though he declined to explain to unhappy lawmakers why his agency didn’t act sooner on a whistleblower report that detailed safety issues at an Abbott Laboratories facility in Michigan. […]