In partnership with Crain’s Detroit Business, Business Bridge covers the intersection of business, politics and policy across Michigan.
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
Venture capitalists point to the credit as a way to make Michigan competitive with other states for startup funding, which they say sends the message that Michigan welcomes entrepreneurs.
But the American Center for Mobility still lacks $60 million in federal funding said to be needed for the project, which is expected to open in 2018.
Out-of-state companies are looking establish offices in Michigan to be closer to the state’s auto industry. Economic development leaders hope this will boost the state’s cachet as a leader in the nascent mobility industry
Conflicting bills are prompting a debate over the mission and funding of community colleges, with four-year colleges and universities defending their turf
Transportation officials say the sensors on southeast Michigan roads are designed to alert connected and driverless cars of the future to potential hazards, and help the state take the technological lead in automated driving.
A proposal by the Senate energy committee chair is meant to address the Michigan Chamber’s concern about alternative energy mandates. Environmentalists say the new measure could make it harder for them to intervene.
As Gov. Rick Snyder seeks to focus his message on Michigan’s future, the jury remains out on whether his administration, post-Flint, has the clout to help shape solutions for Detroit schools, statewide infrastructure repair and other policy priorities
The last time Michigan’s infrastructure performance was measured was 2009; when we were bottom in the nation. Then things got worse.
The proposed Detroit Education Commission is the centerpiece of a debt-relief proposal in Lansing favored by the governor, and the city’s mayor, business and education establishment. On the other side: Michigan’s charter school industry.
The annual conference on Mackinac Island, a wonkfest of deep policy discussion and open bars, will address some of the state’s most vexing infrastructure and education issues.
Hazel Park Raceway (thoroughbreds) and Northville Downs (harness racing) are battling to the wire over a bill intended to help preserve Michigan’s race industry.
The state is one of the first to pass laws on the driverless cars of the near future. One lawmaker says he hopes Michigan can be a model for others.