auto industry

Whitmer invokes auto bailout in DNC speech given from Lansing union hall

BY: - August 18, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer championed autoworkers and the former Obama administration’s record during the last economic crisis on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday. Appearing live via video feed from a United Auto Workers hall in Lansing, Whitmer praised presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s record as vice president, when he and […]


Rick Haglund: An economic tsunami is hitting Michigan — and it will reshape work forever

BY: - June 10, 2020

As businesses slowly reopen and workers return to jobs, President Donald Trump is predicting the economy will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever. “We’ve been talking about the ‘V.’ This is better than a ‘V,’ ” Trump said last week about the potential for a quick, V-shaped recovery. “This is a rocket ship.” […]

Michigan, 22 other states sue Trump admin. over fuel economy standards

BY: - May 27, 2020

Attorneys general of 23 states filed a lawsuit today challenging the President Trump administration’s rollback of fuel economy standards. The lawsuit, filed in a D.C. Circuit Court, says the rollbacks violate the Clean Air Act, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.  The attorneys general of Michigan, Colorado and California held […]

Michigan won’t bounce back from COVID-19 recession until after 2022

BY: - May 15, 2020

The recession caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan is “as bad or worse than” the Great Recession from 2007 to 2009, according to state Budget Director Chris Kolb, but Michigan will be able to weather the storm with sufficient support from the federal government. State fiscal analysts and top economists from the University of […]

Whitmer extends stay-home order until May 28, clears manufacturing to reopen 

BY: - May 7, 2020

Michiganders are ordered to stay home for another three weeks, but manufacturers will be able to go back to work Monday.  “Manufacturing is an important part of our economy, there’s no question,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.  “And as we’ve done the risk assessment, we feel comfortable that with these safety protocols we can safely re-engage.” […]


Rick Haglund: COVID-19 shows how our economy depends on low-wage workers — and how they’re hit hardest

BY: - April 4, 2020

As Michigan clawed back from the ravages of the Great Recession, in no small part due to the President Obama administration’s 2009 bailout of Chrysler and General Motors, other elected officials grabbed the credit. Former Gov. Rick Snyder regularly touted Michigan as “the comeback state,” citing his deft management of the state budget, business tax […]

Nessel to Trump: Put the brakes on fuel economy, other rule changes

BY: - April 2, 2020

Updated, 9:35 a.m., 4/2/20, with comments from Nessel WASHINGTON — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and 20 other attorneys general from across the country are pressing the Trump administration to freeze pending regulations so officials can focus on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “This action is essential to managing this public health crisis and […]


Rick Haglund: Big 3 automakers could enlist to produce COVID-19 medical equipment

BY: - March 20, 2020

Detroit became known as “the arsenal of democracy” almost 80 years ago as automakers transitioned from civilian to military production, a crucial element in the Allies’ victory over Germany and Japan in World War II. As the deadly coronavirus grips the nation, could Michigan become “the arsenal of health,” helping to defeat a virus that […]

Big 3 automakers closing plants to halt spread of coronavirus

BY: - March 18, 2020

Updated, 9:10 a.m. 3/19/20, with comments from FCA Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are temporarily closing their U.S. manufacturing facilities to help control the spread of the new coronavirus, according to the Associated Press. reports the decision came after cases of COVID-19, the disease spread by the virus, were confirmed […]

Biden in Detroit: ‘Trump is bully who must be defeated’

BY: - March 10, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden, one of two main Democratic presidential hopefuls left standing, touted his résumé and warned voters about the dangers of President Donald Trump’s reelection during a Monday Detroit swing, one day before Michigan’s presidential primary election. “We have a president now who preys on people’s frailties; he preys on people’s fears,” […]

Rick Haglund: GM jolts business model with electric vehicles bet

BY: - March 8, 2020

Despite decades of decline, General Motors Co. still delivers a spark to Michigan’s economy. A new study by the Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research (CAR) found that GM’s 46,800 jobs in the state have led to an additional 153,800 jobs here, creating a job multiplier effect largely unmatched by nonautomotive businesses.  Workers at GM’s […]

Whitmer: I know what it’s like to be ‘written off’ like Biden

BY: - March 5, 2020

Now-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was endorsed in 2018 by both presidential frontrunners, former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).  But on national television Thursday morning, Whitmer delivered a key endorsement for Biden, just five days before Michigan’s high-stakes primary. In a phone interview Thursday afternoon, the Michigan Advance asked the governor why […]