Business Bridge

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

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Not dead yet: Movies still percolating in Michigan despite lapsed incentives

March 28, 2016 | Marti Benedetti

Newly renamed film, media office promotes job growt

Pure confusion?

March 20, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Revamp of state travel website aims to put tourists on right road to Michigan

Why a Florida company is designing the Pure Michigan website

March 17, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Miles Media was neither the highest nor lowest bidder out of the 22 firms vying for the contract

Old money, new direction: Who will Michigan’s big donors back, After Jeb?

February 26, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Following Jeb Bush’s flameout from the 2016 presidential race, some powerful GOP donors in Michigan are deciding who to support now

MEDC awards $400,000 contract to rebuild Michigan's website to Florida-based company

February 24, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Miles Media Group LLP, based in Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday won a nearly $400,000 contract to rebuild Michigan.org from the Michigan Strategic Fund, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corp

State senator’s plan would burn DPS debt with tobacco revenue

February 15, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

No bill has been introduced yet, but money from national tobacco settlement would support the governor’s two-district plan to address DPS money problems while keeping the district functioning

Powerful law firms step up Lansing lobbying efforts

February 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Honigman law firm, which recently snagged Gov. Snyder’s chief of staff Dennis Muchmore, is one of several firms adding to its lobbying presence in the capital to influence legislation for clients.

Bill would restrict ads for the state’s Medicaid expansion program

February 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican senators say the state has advertised enough, while defenders say frequent turnover among those seeking insurance requires constant education.

State seeks to eliminate tax credit for auto insurers

February 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The increased use of the tax credit could cost the state $80 million in annual revenue if it is not addressed

Putting a price on fixing Flint, and cities like it

January 24, 2016 | Chad Halcom, Lindsay VanHulle

More than $100 million in state and federal money already headed toward Flint will help with immediate needs. But replacing aging, lead-based water pipes in Flint and other older cities will take time, and a whole lot more money.

Should medical pot users be protected from job firings?

January 18, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Under current law, workers registered under Michigan’s medical marijuana law could nevertheless lose their job if pot showed up in a drug test. Employers say such a law would make drug policies difficult to enforce

State budget decisions coming on surplus, less revenue

January 18, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

At least some of the windfall will likely be steered toward the state-created water crisis in Flint

When low-wage workers’ problems become a company’s problem

December 14, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

A flat tire. Medical problems. No child care. All can lead to missed days for low-paid workers, and cost them a job. But finding new workers is a drag on companies, too. Some are finding that offering help also helps the bottom line.

Grand Rapids company helped forge employee aid program

December 14, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

For more than two decades, Cascade Engineering has scrutinized how to help low-income workers overcome obstacles. Now, companies are pooling resources to hire caseworkers to help workers solve problems and stay in jobs.

Low-income workers must ‘make it stretch’

December 14, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Workers in low-wage positions such as manufacturing often have a difficult time saving enough money to make ends meet.

Supplier aims to give parolees new workplace opportunities

December 14, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Sakthi Automotive Group USA Inc., has hired 25 convicted felons this year as part of its expansion of its Detroit facility, with positive results.

Report: Michigan held down by low income, education

November 21, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state’s low unemployment and booming auto sector are countered by low wages across the state and a lack of college graduates in the workforce

Pure Michigan sells its return on investment in new campaign

November 15, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Buffeted by cuts, MEDC is making more of an effort to show Lansing how it is spending advertising money, and what the state will receive in return

State rolls dice on bills that would expand sports betting

November 8, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Allowing sportsbooks and fantasy sports betting in Michigan would bring millions in added state revenue; money that now goes to an underground market. But would these new laws, if adopted, run afoul of federal law?

A bill aims to more fairly split purses at state’s last two racetracks

November 8, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

A Senate measure would divide purse proceeds between thoroughbred and harness races tracks. But the tracks’ survival may depend on finding new sources of revenue.

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