Fact check: Trump’s speech mingles truth with fantasy on economy

BY: - February 5, 2020

To anyone who heard President Donald Trump speak at a rally in Milwaukee last month, the State of the Union opening would probably have sounded familiar — down to the litany of his professed accomplishments three sentences in: “Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling…” — what has clearly become a favorite stump […]

Whitmer positions Dems as party of action in response to Trump

BY: - February 5, 2020

In her official Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s meandering State of the Union Speech on Tuesday night, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer only said his name twice. Speaking at East Lansing High School — where her two daughters attend — to a crowd of roughly 300 lawmakers, friends and supporters, Whitmer instead focused on an […]

At Wisconsin rally, Trump’s facts launch flights of fancy

BY: - January 15, 2020

He promised to protect people with pre-existing conditions, while his administration pursues a lawsuit to throw out the Affordable Care Act that protects people with pre-existing conditions. He insisted unemployment had hit the lowest point in history at 3.3% — ignoring that it was less than half that toward the end of World War II. He bragged […]

Michigan minimum-wage workers got a raise on Jan. 1. But they won’t see $12/hour until 2030.

BY: - January 14, 2020

Michigan started the new year by joining 21 states in raising the minimum wage But workers saw a smaller increase than they would have if a 2018 citizen-led ballot initiative was still on the books. As of Jan. 1, minimum wage workers in Michigan will make $9.65 an hour, which is a 20-cent pay increase […]

Michigan’s economy in 2020: Could be better, could be worse

BY: - January 11, 2020

More than a decade out from the start of the 2008 recession, Michigan is still facing a challenging environment for economic growth. Nonetheless, the state’s economy is expected to pick up over time – even if it is slower than Michiganders would like. This is according to top economists from the University of Michigan and […]


Rick Haglund: Don’t count on Trump losing Michigan in 2020 over the economy

BY: - December 22, 2019

President Donald Trump, who was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, is a bully and world-class vulgarian. Who else would come to Michigan, a state critical to his reelection, and suggest, as Trump did on the same day of his impeachment, that its late, revered native son U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) […]


Rick Haglund: Research shows trade, not automation, is killing manufacturing jobs

BY: - December 8, 2019

More than 5 million manufacturing jobs — almost 300,000 of them in Michigan — have been lost since the most recent employment peak in 1998. Many economists have attributed the huge loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs mostly to booming productivity, enabled by the increasing use of robots and other automated processes in factories. But Susan […]


Rick Haglund: UAW-GM deal will likely boost workers, economy

BY: - October 19, 2019

President Donald Trump could take a lesson in the art of the deal from the United Auto Workers and General Motors Co. A tentative four-year contract between the UAW and GM appears to be a big financial win for workers while giving the automaker the flexibility it needs to profitably navigate what are likely to […]

Impact of UAW strike being felt far and wide

BY: - October 9, 2019

The lingering United Auto Workers (UAW) strike at General Motors, now in its fourth week, is starting to have far-reaching impacts — and there’s no clear end in sight.  While almost 50,000 unionized GM workers stand on the picket lines earning just $250 per week in strike pay, the economic ripple effects appear to be […]


Rick Haglund: People aren’t moving from Michigan — but that’s not the good news you might think

BY: - October 5, 2019

Michigan’s auto industry was built, in part, on the backs of hundreds of thousands of poor workers from the South who moved here in search of good jobs and better lives. Detroit’s population swelled by some 400,000 residents between 1930 and the early 1950s, as people from the South and other countries moved to the […]


Rick Haglund: Path to self-driving vehicles could be bumpier than a Michigan road

BY: - September 21, 2019

Electric self-driving cars and trucks promise to transform an auto industry that has relied almost exclusively on gasoline-powered vehicles for more than a century to produce jobs and profits. “I have no doubt that the automotive industry will change more in the next five to 10 years than it has in the last 50,” General […]