Pelosi on Build Back Better: ‘We’re going to have to make some important decisions’ 

BY: - October 24, 2021

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined U.S. Reps. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) for a roundtable discussion Saturday in Plymouth on the Build Back Better plan, job and supply shortages in Southeast Michigan and semiconductor shortages affecting the automotive industry. At the meeting with local officials and business leaders at the […]

Great Lakes funding and 3 other big climate items in Congress’ reconciliation bill

BY: - September 13, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures. The […]


Sarah Anthony: For Michigan, jobs and justice hinge on climate action

BY: - August 24, 2021

Michiganders are in the midst of what might be one of the most dangerous summers on record due to climate change. Prolonged drought is putting us at increased risk for wildfires. The warming of the Great Lakes means more extreme storms in our region. And heat waves in our urban centers like Detroit are predicted to become even deadlier. […]


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 […]


Rick Haglund: How COVID-19 was a ‘giant sledgehammer’ to the labor market

BY: - June 29, 2021

Twenty-six states, all run by Republican governors, are trying to force workers laid off in the devastating COVID-19 pandemic back to work by cutting off the $300 per week in enhanced federal jobless benefits they’ve been receiving. Pushed by employers who contend the extra cash makes it more lucrative for workers to stay home than […]

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 […]

Michigan lawmakers renew fight to land defense fighter plane site

BY: - May 30, 2021

For the second time in as many years, a bipartisan set of the Michigan congressional delegation is urging federal government officials to select Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County as a site to utilize a popular defense jet fighter plane.  Selfridge in Harrison Township is one of five finalists nationwide being considered to […]

Tlaib, advocates say $10T green energy plan would help cities like Highland Park

BY: - May 26, 2021

Juan Shannon believes that the federal government can help communities of color grow just like his green peppers are doing each day in Highland Park.  His Parker Village project is a community-based, solar-powered center where vegetables are grown. At one time, the site was an abandoned elementary school and a source of blight in the […]


Rick Haglund: COVID relief cash could help Michigan stop ‘treading water’

BY: - May 23, 2021

Michigan’s economic development strategy over the past 50 years mostly has focused on cutting business taxes and offering companies a variety of financial incentives to expand or locate here. It hasn’t worked. Forty years ago, Michigan was in the top third of states in per-capita income and slightly above overall U.S. income. Today we’re in […]

With federal stimulus, experts now foresee a big revenue upswing for Michigan

BY: - May 21, 2021

Michigan budget experts are now estimating a much more optimistic economic outlook for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 than was estimated four months ago, thanks largely to federal COVID-19 relief funds. This comes one day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP legislative leaders announced that they had agreed to negotiate on federal COVID spending, next year’s […]

Biden praises Tlaib, previews Ford F-150 Lightning and touts jobs plan in Dearborn

BY: - May 18, 2021

President Joe Biden praised U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) for her passion relating to Palestine during a stop in Dearborn on Tuesday. “I want to say to you that I admire your intellect, I admire your passion and I admire your concern for so many other people,” Biden told Tlaib. “And from my heart, I […]

Biden calls for sweeping ‘once-in-a-generation investment’ to reshape the nation

BY: - April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Standing in the same House chamber where a violent mob temporarily disrupted the certification of his victory, President Joe Biden on Wednesday heralded the country as “on the move again” as he sketched out his expansive vision for a post-pandemic America. Biden in his first address to a joint session of Congress touted quick […]