Commentary

Rick Haglund: Why repealing Right to Work is unlikely to hurt Michigan’s economy

BY: - February 4, 2023

On a bitter December day in 2012, the Michigan Legislature passed legislation — disguised as a measure to give workers more “freedom”— that in reality was designed to strip the financial and political power of labor unions. Thousands of union members and their supporters protested at the Capitol, but to no avail. Republican lawmakers who […]

Column: Non-compete agreements are unfair to workers

BY: - January 31, 2023

Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission proposed a rule prohibiting employers from requiring employees to abide by noncompete agreements as a condition of employment.  The practice of requiring employees to sign a noncompete agreement is not new, but was traditionally required of higher-paid employees to prevent them from taking clients, trade secrets and resources […]

David Hecker: What does Damar Hamlin have to do with worker safety? More than you think.

BY: - January 29, 2023

When Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the football field a few weeks ago, fans and fellow players alike looked on in horror — while NFL officials were ready to get back to business.  The coaches of both the Bills and their opponents, the Cincinnati Bengals, insisted on postponing the game, but […]

Susan J. Demas: Michigan Democrats can’t buckle on repealing Right to Work

BY: - January 25, 2023

Four decades ago, former Gov. George Romney reportedly had some wise words for Republican John Engler at his gubernatorial inauguration: “Be bold.” Bold Engler was, steering Michigan ever-rightward through the 1990s with an agenda cutting business regulations, ushering in school choice while demonizing teachers, and slashing the safety net. But the culmination of Engler’s vision […]

Monique Stanton: Increasing Michigan’s EITC will help working families and local businesses 

BY: - January 17, 2023

On Thursday afternoon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her support for increasing the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) — or as she referred to it, the Working Families Tax Credit — as a proven, bipartisan policy to put more money back in the pockets of working families and small businesses.  When paired with the federal […]

Rick Haglund: Michigan Dems offer a refreshing change to a people-based economic growth strategy

BY: - January 15, 2023

In a recent column, I argued that Michigan needs to switch from a business-focused economic development strategy to one centered on expanding its workforce. The reason is pretty simple. Michigan, like other northern states, is growing older and running out of workers. Deaths outpace births in the state in 2020 and 2021, according to the […]

Column: Here’s how you can still sign up for affordable health insurance under the ACA

BY: - January 12, 2023

If you don’t have health insurance — or just want to explore your options — go to healthcare.gov on or before Sunday to get covered with affordable health insurance now. Having and keeping good quality affordable health care is personal for me. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) saved my life. In 2017, I walked into […]

Column: LGBTQ Americans are 9 times more likely to be victimized by a hate crime

BY: , and - January 10, 2023

In our recent analysis of the National Crime Victimization Survey, we found that the odds of being a violent hate crime victim for LGBTQ people was nine times greater than it was for cisgender and straight people from 2017 to 2019. There were an average annual 6.6 violent hate crime victimizations per 1,000 LGBTQ people […]

Column: I’m a professional comedy writer — Republicans have a ‘punching down’ problem

BY: - January 9, 2023

There’s one rule in comedy so universal that it connects comics of every background, genre and skill level: Never punch down. These three simple words can be the difference between being a headliner or being hated. “Punching down” is more than being mean, rude, or vulgar. It’s the intentional act of attacking those in powerless […]

Column: A decade after Sandy Hook, conspiracy theories still plague the culture

BY: - January 3, 2023

Conspiracy theories are powerful forces in the U.S. They have damaged public health amid a global pandemic, shaken faith in the democratic process and helped spark a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol in January 2021. These conspiracy theories are part of a dangerous misinformation crisis that has been building for years in the U.S. […]

The angry grandmother’s ‘Twelve Banned Books of Christmas’

BY: - December 25, 2022

All y’all know I love to read, I always have and one of the joys of owning a bookstore was recommending books to customers of all ages. Once someone discovers the pleasure of escaping mentally with a great book, that wanting to read never goes away. This grandmother is stunned to learn that some of […]

Column: Health care was also on the ballot, and health care won

BY: - December 22, 2022

In November, millions of voters in red, blue and purple states voted on the future of our health care directly on the ballot. And U.S. Sen. Warnock ran his re-election campaign and run-off on health care. Health care won decisively. Voters decided to expand Medicaid in South Dakota, meaning more than 40,000 low-income South Dakotans will finally have the […]