In partnership with Crain’s Detroit Business, Business Bridge covers the intersection of business, politics and policy across Michigan.
In a state where new taxes are often a non-starter, the idea of raising more money for roads, bridges and drinking water lines has been a hard sell. Yet Michigan may have no choice.
Efforts in Lansing to lower unfunded liabilities by converting pensions into 401(k)-like accounts for teachers and capping public employees’ retirement healthcare benefits will likely be renewed in January.
A governor-appointed commission says state must spend $4 billion more annually to update roads, bridges, energy and water systems. Michigan spends a smaller portion on infrastructure than the U.S. average.
Supporters of the bills, including GOP legislators and some municipalities, say generous benefits were promised decades ago in different economic times and are now unsustainable. Teachers and city workers say they’ve sacrificed enough.
Some large industrial companies and school districts saying the current legislation would force less expensive alternative electric suppliers out of business.
President-elect Donald Trump has promised sweeping changes in trade policy, environmental regulations and Obamacare on the campaign trail. Here’s how these issues critical to Michigan are likely to play out, according to business and political leaders.
Business, nonprofit and city officials working toward a common goal are bringing the rapids back to Grand Rapids, and cleaning up a beloved lake near Holland
Michigan’s bills adapted from model language used in 40 states, insurance industry say
Legislation to create a statewide licensing system for the ride-hailing companies, which let customers summon rides through smartphone apps, has the airports fighting back to protect other revenue streams
Michigan faces huge funding decisions on roads and water infrastructure as well as energy policy. In a state dominated by Republican leadership, will Democratic gains in the House on Nov. 8 change the legislative calculus?
New businesses, from tech firms to labs, are forming to support Michigan’s growing medical marijuana industry, betting on full legalization one day
Changes in the medical marijuana market in Michigan could lead to more than $63 million in new tax revenue, estimates show
Though advocates of a plan to capture Michigan sales and income taxes to offset the costs of large development projects contend the state wouldn’t award a project that didn’t yield more revenue than it gives away, criticism remains that bill is a giveaway to developers.
A group of real estate developers and economic development agencies is pushing a statewide plan to capture sales and income taxes to help sweeten a traditional brownfield incentive for large-scale projects. Will Gov. Snyder agree
With only 20 work days before Christmas, Republican lawmakers will make big push on energy package, while other priorities might have to wait
Many business owners fund their retirement accounts with income from selling their business. Can Michigan find ways to convince them stay and keep their money here, rather than Florida, when they retire
The pilot project, by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Kellogg Foundation and another group is a new effort to connect former prisoners with job
Michigan business groups are mostly staying out of the fray when it comes to endorsing the two major presidential candidates. Tax and global trade policies under the next president are being watched closely by business leaders, including the Big Three
Michigan has received the second most grants in the nation in an effort to give prisoners the post-release skills they need to gain work and avoid crime.
Business groups and chambers of commerce are backing pro-business candidates in Tuesday’s state House primary election with endorsements and campaign contributions. Yet uncertainty surrounding the presidential race could impact down-ballot races in November