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Oxfam: Michigan falls to 29th best state for workers in 2021

BY: - September 8, 2021

The Boston-based nonprofit Oxfam has ranked Michigan as the 29th best state for workers overall in its most recent annual report on working policies and conditions. Michigan’s 2021 ranking is a far cry from what it was in 2020 — then 13th in the country overall, nearly cracking the top 10 best states to work […]

States that borrowed from feds to cover unemployment comp checks are about to owe interest

BY: - September 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Ten states that struggled to pay the mounting costs of rising unemployment compensation claims during the COVID-19 pandemic will face yet another challenge starting Monday: interest accruing on federal loans they relied on to cover payments to the unemployed. Collectively, those states — which include Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania — owe the federal […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: Anti-worker policies from the Snyder era are holding Michigan back

BY: - September 6, 2021

Labor Day is a time to reflect on the hard-fought victories unions have won for all working people and consider our path forward as we continue our work to defend and uplift workers everywhere.  Usually, union members would be marching together down Michigan Avenue today — but while COVID prevents us from gathering for a […]

NEW: Despite safety warnings, a metro Detroit doctor is prescribing ivermectin to COVID-19 patients

BY: - September 3, 2021

A metro Detroit doctor is prescribing ivermectin to patients with COVID-19, despite the state, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly urging against it.  Ivermectin is usually used to treat head lice or parasitic worms in humans, horses and other livestock, but misinformation fueled by right-wing figures […]

Dems have pushed to end the ‘tampon tax’ for years. Now Republicans are warming to the idea.

BY: - September 1, 2021

For the past six years, Democratic state lawmakers in Michigan have introduced legislation that would end the sales and use tax on menstrual products.  But, each time the bills were introduced, they never garnered enough support from Republicans that the legislation would make it to the governor’s desk.  This year, state Reps. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper […]

Why wasn’t the pandemic worse? Federal funds and public programs, experts say.

BY: - August 31, 2021

When Effie Alofoje-Carr saw the stimulus payment from the American Rescue Plan Act hit her bank account this year, she cried.  “It was huge; it has saved our lives,” Alofoje-Carr, who lives in East Lansing with her husband and eight-year-old son, said of the stimulus checks that the federal government sent to residents across the […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Census shows Michigan is still losing the race to attract young talent

BY: - August 30, 2021

Alarm bells should be ringing in the heads of state policymakers over Michigan’s latest census figures. Why, you ask? At first glance, the numbers look pretty good. The 2020 census, released earlier this month, shows Michigan has 10,077,331 residents. That’s the first time the state has cracked the 10 million mark since 2008. Many of […]

Supreme Court rejects eviction ban, increasing pressure to dole out rental aid money

BY: - August 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of the Biden administration’s last-ditch effort to extend a federal ban on evictions has put hundreds of thousands of American renters at risk of losing their housing — and is increasing pressure on states and localities to get rental assistance dollars distributed faster. In an eight-page majority opinion […]

COMMENTARY

Column: SNAP update will help fight hunger, especially in northern Michigan

BY: - August 27, 2021

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) keeps 270,000 Michiganders, more than 40%of them children, out of poverty every year and helps ensure that families have enough to eat.  SNAP’s positive impact has been limited, however, by an outdated basis for calculating benefits. President Joe Biden’s administration recently announced steps to modernize the program and increase […]

Wentworth calls on Whitmer to fire state unemployment head

BY: - August 26, 2021

Updated, 4:49 p.m., with comments from Whitmer’s office As the deadline for workers to claim federal unemployment benefits is set to run out in 10 days on Sept. 4, Liza Estlund Olson, the acting director of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency, will testify before a state House panel.  Olson agreed to appear before the Oversight Committee […]

From housing to health care, LGBTQ+ people have been hit hard by the pandemic

BY: - August 26, 2021

Marwa ElShazly has battled the economic and personal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and says it’s taken a toll on her mental health. “I’ve been lucky enough to be working through the entirety of the pandemic, though I had to switch jobs because of furlough and ended up losing my health care for a few […]

Environmental justice advocates look to historic $3.5T spending bill for bold action

BY: and - August 25, 2021

Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration want to use their massive $3.5 trillion spending plan to help communities that have been devastated by environmental pollution and degradation. For years, activists have been pushing for government recognition of what’s known as environmental justice, the broad movement to provide restitution to communities that have suffered disproportionate harm. […]