Rick Snyder


David Hecker: Anti-worker policies from the Snyder era are holding Michigan back

BY: - September 6, 2021

Labor Day is a time to reflect on the hard-fought victories unions have won for all working people and consider our path forward as we continue our work to defend and uplift workers everywhere.  Usually, union members would be marching together down Michigan Avenue today — but while COVID prevents us from gathering for a […]

Michigan Senate panel votes to chop corporate taxes

BY: - June 3, 2021

Updated, 2:19 p.m., 6/3/21 with additional comments The GOP-led Michigan Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday convened to discuss and vote on various bills seeking to reform the state’s tax system — including rolling back the corporate income tax.  SB 392, introduced by Sen. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo), aims to cut the corporate income tax from 6% […]


Column: Right to Work has failed to live up to conservative hype

BY: - April 13, 2021

Nearly a decade ago — Dec. 11, 2012, to be exact — then-Gov. Rick Snyder landed a savage right hook to Michigan’s vaunted labor movement when he signed contentious Right to Work legislation. Hours before Snyder signed bills that outlawed requiring workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment, 12,000 pro-union demonstrators descended […]

Biden cancels Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements

BY: - April 7, 2021

Updated with comments from Whitmer and Gilchrist, 2:43 p.m., 4/7/21 President Joe Biden rescinded Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements this week, reversing restrictions that had been approved by former President Donald Trump in 2019. The waiver, which had taken effect on Jan. 1, 2020, but was blocked by a federal judge two months later, had conditioned […]

Tribes worry Line 5 tunnel construction could bring sex trafficking, violence to Native communities

BY: - March 7, 2021

Updated, 3:12 p.m., 3/7/21 When oil and gas companies employ hundreds of out-of-town, typically male workers to work on pipeline projects, an uptick in that area’s rates of sexual violence and sex trafficking usually follows. That’s becoming a concern for Michigan’s Indigenous people, who cite Canadian oil company Enbridge’s impending Line 5 pipeline tunnel project […]

Whitmer declared an energy emergency due to weather, but Republicans try to tie it to her Line 5 shutdown order

BY: - February 23, 2021

On Saturday, in the midst of the cold snap still gripping the country and straining already-weak energy infrastructure in states like Texas, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order declaring a “state of energy emergency” in Michigan to temporarily loosen restrictions on propane distribution. The order remains in effect until Sunday and is meant to […]

Billions for Medicaid expansion dangled in front of holdout states

BY: and - February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats are trying again to entice a dozen holdout states — many of them in the South — to expand Medicaid coverage with the prospect of billions of dollars in federal cash. The new offer, included in a massive $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that House Democrats are pushing through committees […]

Whitmer fills Line 5 panel vacancy after 8 months

BY: - February 10, 2021

One week after the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) met for the first time in 11 months, having been a two-man panel for nearly eight of those months due to a vacancy, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that she has appointed Democrat Paul Novak of Detroit. The MSCA was created as a three-member panel in […]

9 officials charged for Flint water crisis, Snyder pleads not guilty

BY: - January 14, 2021

Updated, 3:27 p.m., 1/14/21 Former Gov. Rick Snyder and eight other high-level officials have been charged in connection with the water crisis that devastated the city of Flint. The scandal left at least 12 people dead and thousands of people, including children, with lead-contaminated drinking water in what residents, activists and researchers have described as […]

Updated: Former Gov. Snyder charged in Flint water crisis probe

BY: - January 13, 2021

Updated 5:48 p.m., 1/12/21, 9:47 p.m., 1/13/21 with charges Republican former Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday was charged in connection with the Flint water crisis. He faces two counts of willful neglect of duty, misdemeanors which could each result in up to a year in prison and as much as a $1,000 fine. On Tuesday, […]


Rick Haglund: Are some Republicans gearing up for a tax incentive fight next year?

BY: - December 12, 2020

It occurred to me the other day that I’ve been writing about the business tax incentives controversy since the start of my journalism career 45 years ago. I accept your condolences in advance. One of the early stories I covered in my first job at a northern Michigan weekly newspaper was a request by the […]

Updated: Final four days: Obama, Biden going to Flint, Detroit; Trump planning 4 stops*

BY: - October 30, 2020

Updated, 10:19 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.10/30/20 In a whirlwind final four days before Election Day, both President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have trips planned to Michigan. Biden is reuniting with former President Barack Obama with drive-in events in Flint and Detroit on Saturday, the Biden campaign confirmed Friday morning.* U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), […]