Business + Labor

These races could decide which party controls the Michigan House and Senate next year

BY: - November 3, 2022

Michiganders are heading to the polls to make their voices heard on who will be governor, who will represent them in Congress and whether ballot proposals should pass on Nov. 8. But races taking place for dozens of state Senate and House seats could prove just as consequential.  Party control is up for grabs in […]

The Fed raises interest rates again, signals more coming despite pressure to slow the pace

BY: - November 2, 2022

The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that in its continuing efforts to tamp down inflation, it would raise interest rates yet again by another three-quarters of a point to a target range of 3.75 to 4%. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said during a press conference following the announcement that the “historically fast pace” of […]

A GOP showdown over the debt limit could grip Congress and the nation next year

BY: - October 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans are eyeing the debt limit and government funding deadlines as a way to force Democrats to the negotiating table for spending cuts, should the GOP regain control of Congress following the midterm elections. Republicans unhappy about government spending could move to shut down the government, a tactic unsuccessful for the GOP in […]

USDA announces another $759 million of grants and loans for rural internet

BY: - October 27, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding grants and loans that total about $759 million to 49 high-speed internet projects in 24 states and in other territories, the department announced Thursday. There are four awards for Michigan, including a grant for the Upper Peninsula that was one of the largest in the country. The Upper […]


Column: Republican ‘solutions’ will make inflation worse

BY: - October 27, 2022

My wife and I recently had the tremendous misfortune of needing to buy a car. Car prices, you may know, reached an all-time high between this year and last. There are now rumblings of a gradual decline, but rising interest rates will likely offset any savings. So with our beloved but rickety 2006 Altima facing another cruel […]

Why are prices rising? The answer is more complex than campaign rhetoric

BY: - October 25, 2022

With prices climbing over the last year and a half for everything from gasoline and groceries to lumber, appliances and restaurant meals, Republican campaigns have eagerly blamed Democrats in the White House and Congress and signature legislation they’ve enacted over the last two years for the inflationary surge. “We have to understand what caused these […]

States are vying for money to start ‘hydrogen hubs.’ What are they?

BY: - October 25, 2022

Across the country, states are inking agreements with neighbors or striking out on their own to pursue billions in federal funding to set up “hydrogen hubs,” clustered centers for production, storage and use of the gas that many see as a crucial piece of the puzzle for decarbonizing the U.S. economy. How broad a role […]


Column: Investing in public transit is investing in people  

BY: - October 24, 2022

I grew up in a small-ish town, on a dirt road, close to a horse farm, tucked about an hour away from the Motor City. Most things in my life, from school to friends to work, were at minimum a 30-minute drive away.  I knew I needed a car as soon as I was able […]


Rick Haglund: Economic worries vying with abortion rights for Michigan voters in gov’s race

BY: - October 23, 2022

Updated, 2:50 p.m., 10/24/22 Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in June, abortion has been the top issue in the Michigan governor’s race. Incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who strongly favors women’s reproductive rights, has enjoyed a substantial lead over Republican challenger Tudor Dixon, who is opposed to […]

Whitmer, Dixon tout education, economic platforms at Detroit business forum

BY: - October 21, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon on Friday offered their ideas on increasing K-12 student achievement, expanding workforce development, bringing more businesses to Michigan and creating more small business growth.  The candidates, who will face off on Nov. 8, did separate Detroit Economic Club interviews at the Motor City Casino in Detroit. […]

Since before Roe fell to present day: Where Dixon and Whitmer stand on abortion rights

BY: - October 20, 2022

Abortion has been one of the top issues for voters this election season, and the two nominees running for governor have taken starkly different approaches to campaigning on the issue.  Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has centered her support for abortion rights in her campaign, saying repeatedly she is “fighting like hell” against the state’s 91-year-old […]

Federal government has given $800 million to keep indebted farmers afloat

BY: - October 19, 2022

More than 13,000 farmers have benefited from nearly $800 million in federal debt relief, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. The assistance came from a new federal initiative to erase farmers’ loan delinquencies to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and private lenders or to resolve their remaining debts after foreclosure. Going forward, the […]