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At Detroit auto show, Biden praises American workers, progress on climate crisis 

BY: - September 14, 2022

President Joe Biden touted the emerging electric vehicle market during a nearly three-hour visit to the North American International Auto Show on Wednesday at Huntington Place.  Biden’s visit included a tour of the showroom floor and 30-minute rally that was packed with area union workers and elected officials. “We’re choosing to build a better America, […]

U.S. Treasury Secretary Yellen in Dearborn: ‘We cannot just return to the old normal’

BY: - September 9, 2022

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen during an address in Dearborn on Thursday touted President Joe Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act during a 25-minute address, which she called “historic” legislation.  “We cannot just return to the old normal,” she said, referring to Biden’s predecessor GOP former President Donald Trump. She used terms and phrases like […]

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Rick Haglund: Will Michigan remain the U.S. auto industry’s center amid the switch to EVs?

BY: - August 24, 2022

Nearly seven years ago, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said she had “no doubt that the auto industry will change more in the next five to 10 years than it has in the past 50 years.” She was prescient, to say the least. About the only thing that hasn’t changed is Barra, who still runs […]

How EV charging efforts could shape the future of Michigan recreation and industry

BY: - August 14, 2022

While Michiganders pack into their cars to take in the state’s natural beauty and automakers pledge to invest billions in electric vehicles, efforts to support EVs in Michigan could change the way residents travel and play.  As the state plans to expand its network of electric vehicle chargers, including placing charging stations in state and […]

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Rick Haglund: Michigan’s economy is more diverse, but still too dependent on the auto industry

BY: - June 13, 2022

There’s been so much hoopla lately about Michigan’s auto industry making a radical switch to electric vehicles, you might think there’s little else happening in the state’s economy. But you’d be wrong. The vast majority of Michigan jobs are in health care, retail trade, finance and a variety of professional and business services, including accountants, […]

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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 […]

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Rick Haglund: Threats to Michigan’s auto industry aren’t just coming from the South

BY: - May 6, 2022

Stunned by Ford Motor Co.’s decision to invest $11.4 billion in electric vehicle assembly and battery plants in Tennessee and Kentucky, Michigan in December created a $1 billion fund to lure new electric vehicle operations to Michigan. An even bigger concern voiced by policymakers and local economic developers was that aggressive southern states were going […]

Coalition announces plans to remember ‘horrific’ murder of Vincent Chin in 1982

BY: - May 3, 2022

A coalition of national and local groups announced on Monday plans to carry out a four-day commemoration in Detroit to remember a Chinese American man who was fatally beaten in 1982. The Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance & Rededication will reflect and continue efforts to push back against hate, planners said during a news conference in […]

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Rick Haglund: Changing parents’ attitudes about the value of college is key for the economy

BY: - April 1, 2022

Central Michigan University has long been known for giving low-income, middle-class and first-generation college students the opportunity to earn a four-year degree and lead a fruitful life. But the Mt. Pleasant university, like many other higher-education institutions across the country, is facing hard times. CMU’s enrollment has fallen a stunning 43% over the past decade, […]

Michigan auto jobs, COVID vaccine funding highlighted on White House panel 

BY: - March 11, 2022

As President Joe Biden continues to push for his stalled “Build Back Better” legislation, White House and Michigan officials spoke Friday on a virtual panel highlighting the ways in which the administration’s policies have impacted Michigan directly in the runup to the midterm elections. White House administration officials hosted the panel. Speakers included state Rep. […]

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Rick Haglund: Electric vehicles could upend auto dealer franchise laws

BY: - March 1, 2022

Critical shortages of computer chips used in cars and trucks are fueling a rift between automakers and their dealers, and the divide is likely to grow deeper as automakers make a radical shift to electric vehicles. Michigan will be ground zero in the fight to determine who will sell these cars and trucks. New automakers […]

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Rick Haglund: Mich. automakers need more talent to fend off competitors in coming EV era

BY: - January 22, 2022

The Motor City’s foundations shook a bit earlier this month when news broke that Japanese automaker Toyota blew by General Motors to become the top-selling manufacturer in the United States last year. It was the first time an auto company not named GM led annual U.S. car and truck sales in 90 years. That a […]