Business Bridge

In partnership with Crain’s Detroit Business, Business Bridge covers the intersection of business, politics and policy across Michigan.

Articles

Forestry company says it won’t do harm to trout fishing paradise

July 10, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Arauco North America is courting environmental groups looking to preserve northern Michigan streams.

Snyder asks business world for a $6 billion favor

June 12, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

With the governor leaving office next year, business executives are being asked to carry the flag in Lansing for billions of dollars in new investment in education, infrastructure and jobs.

Is business losing clout in Lansing?

June 1, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

For generations, Republican lawmakers worked in lockstep with Michigan’s business establishment. But Lansing’s new GOP leadership is ignoring the priorities of business to pursue its own, anti-tax agenda.

A guide to Michigan’s leading business groups (slideshow)

June 1, 2017 | Bridge Staff, Crain's Staff

What does big business want in Michigan? Who are the major players? Here’s a quickie primer on the state’s leading industry groups and their publicly stated wish lists.

How big business spends its money in Lansing

June 1, 2017 | Bridge Staff, Crain's Staff

To measure one way in which the business community can influence lawmakers, we analyzed the campaign contributions of 15 leading business advocacy groups.

Business leaders on Michigan

June 1, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

What the state’s top executives have to say about the most critical issues facing Michigan (Spoiler alert: It’s not tax cuts)

A Republican governor. A Republican legislature. Each ignoring the other.

June 1, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Two commissions convened by Gov. Rick Snyder recommend dramatic upgrades to Michigan education and infrastructure. But the Republicans who lead the House and Senate want to shrink government, not expand it. Can anyone get them to consensus?

‘Michigan First’ in state contracts: A good deal for Michigan?

May 30, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Legislation pending in Lansing could well save jobs for a salt mining company operating in Michigan. But it could also increase costs for state taxpayers.

AK Steel tax credits are $60M question for state, drawing backlash

April 16, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

A favorable outcome for AK Steel could set a tax precedent for other companies that wind up in a similar scenario through a merger or acquisition.

Bills would legalize Internet gambling in Michigan, but only through casinos

April 10, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Backers of the legislation point to estimates showing the state could earn up to $60 million in revenue from the law. Fiscal analysts are less bullish.

Year-round Daylight Saving Time? Michigan beware

March 27, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan is among more than a dozen states considering bills to halt the biannual time switch. Business leaders in Indiana say it was a disaster for that state.

Do business lures really work?

March 19, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

As the Legislature again takes up incentives to bring businesses to Michigan, there is precious little data publicly available on how Michigan’s performance stacks up

Business chief: Five ways to boost Michigan’s economic growth

February 27, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

To get Michigan counted among the nation’s 10 healthiest state economies, Doug Rothwell said, Lansing must focus on long-term growth, including infrastructure and economic development.

Strapped cities taking aim at Proposal A

February 27, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Some state leaders are floating a revision to the 1994 Michigan constitutional amendment capping property taxes. The outcome could impact Michigan’s national competitiveness, and the long-term health of its struggling cities.

Snyder budget aims to put more tools in skilled-trades classrooms

February 13, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The $20 million competition Gov. Rick Snyder proposed in his 2018 budget recommendation is modeled after a similar program in 2015 for community colleges that his administration said led to 91 new or expanded career-tech programs at 18 schools.

It’s not all about Detroit, say backers of brownfield bill

February 6, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Billionaire developer Dan Gilbert of Detroit will stay in the background this week as supporters of bills to create a tax incentive for “transformational” brownfield projects will put the spotlight on the rest of the state. They plan to focus less on Detroit projects, in part to sell outstate legislators and their constituents on the opportunity the incentive would create in their own backyards.

Senate considers employer incentive to hire ex-prisoners

January 30, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The intent is not to force employers to participate in a program they can’t sustain, but to reward employers who aim to offer long-term work to parolees.

Ban-the-box policy to hire ex-inmates is gaining backers

January 23, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Employers who have taken the criminal-history checkbox off job applications say they still check backgrounds, but leave the discussion about an applicant’s record until later in the process. Will others follow?

State expands review of false fraud charges against workers

January 12, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Review includes additional 30,000 computer-generated claims.

Snyder: I’m warming up to business incentives

January 12, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

In a Q-and-A with Bridge, Michigan governor said he is growing more comfortable with business incentive legislation that likely will be reintroduced this session. 

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