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Michigan medical marijuana caregivers gear up for fight against efforts to restrict grow rights

BY: - September 14, 2021

Medical marijuana caregiver Ryan Bringold has been involved in Michigan’s grassroots efforts to legalize cannabis for years.  But as larger licensed recreational and medical cannabis grow facilities and provisioning centers crop up across Michigan, caregivers like Bringold who helped legalize marijuana feel they are being pushed out. A small group of corporate activists want to […]

Black business group bikes from Detroit to Mackinaw City, seeking investment

BY: - September 13, 2021

Members of a Detroit-based organization on Sunday launched a 377-mile bike ride from the Motor City to Mackinaw City, making the case that African-American entrepreneurs, businesses and nonprofits are not getting their fair share of opportunities. “The pandemic has shined the light on an issue that has been here,” said Black Leaders Detroit CEO Dwan […]

Medical, biz leaders urge vaccinations amid rising COVID-19 hospitalizations

BY: - September 9, 2021

Michigan’s medical and business leaders convened Thursday to sound the alarm about the possibility of an incoming fourth wave of COVID-19, stressing that the state is at a “tipping point” in dealing with the virus while urging unvaccinated Michiganders to get the vaccine. “We truly need to get the message across that our best treatment […]

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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 […]

Conspiracy-filled House hearing held on vaccine mandate ban

BY: - August 19, 2021

A GOP bill to preemptively prohibit mandatory employee vaccinations saw the light of day Thursday, in a House committee hearing saturated with COVID-19 conspiracy theories and anti-vaxxer rhetoric. House Bill 4471, introduced by state Rep. Sue Allor (R-Wolverine), would create the “informed consent in the workplace act” to prevent employers from “discriminating” against individuals who […]

States braced for a wave of COVID lawsuits. It never arrived.

BY: - July 29, 2021

In a legislative flurry, 30 states, including Michigan, instituted liability protections in late 2020 and early 2021 designed to protect businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits, out of fear that companies would be sued for exposing workers, clients or vendors to the swiftly spreading, deadly disease. Those lawsuits haven’t materialized. Proponents of the new laws say that’s […]

Whitmer vetoes GOP bill axing pandemic jobless benefits

BY: - July 21, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday vetoed a Republican bill that would have ended emergency unemployment benefits in Michigan. Under House Bill 4344, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Yaroch (R-Richmond), Michigan would have followed what 26 red states have done and ended the $300 per week supplemental federal jobless benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic that has left […]

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Rick Haglund: Michigan continues to underinvest in higher education, in good times and bad

BY: - July 20, 2021

Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a record $17.1 billion K-12 spending bill that eliminates a nearly 30-year-long basic state funding gap between school districts and gives educators the resources they say they need to improve student performance. But at a time when most new jobs paying a living wage require a certificate or degree […]

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Susan J. Demas: National parks are America’s best idea. Here’s how we can make sure they survive.

BY: - July 7, 2021

“No, wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principal of civilization itself.” — Edward Abbey, […]

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Column: There are 1.4 billion reasons for a bipartisan investment in childcare

BY: - July 2, 2021

After years of restrictive policies that prevented most families from receiving any assistance with their childcare costs, coupled with very low wages for childcare workers, COVID-19 lifted the veil on the underlying reality that without childcare, businesses can’t attract and keep talent, and Michiganders can’t get back to work to support their families.  It is […]

Whitmer calls for $1.4 billion spending on Michigan childcare

BY: - June 14, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday announced a proposal to invest $1.4 billion in federal child care funding to expand access to high-quality child care, make child care more affordable, and support child care professionals as part of her administration’s Economic Jumpstart Plan. “All families deserve access to quality child care that meets their needs and […]

Whitmer unveils plan to boost jobs, childcare with federal COVID relief funds

BY: - June 3, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced a new plan to invest in Michigan workers and small businesses by using a portion of federal relief funds. The “Michigan Economic Jumpstart Plan” would increase incentives for higher wages, give grant money to small businesses and expand childcare access for working families. “As we continue to take steps […]