In partnership with Crain’s Detroit Business, Business Bridge covers the intersection of business, politics and policy across Michigan.
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.
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.
Workers in low-wage positions such as manufacturing often have a difficult time saving enough money to make ends meet.
Sakthi Automotive Group USA Inc., has hired 25 convicted felons this year as part of its expansion of its Detroit facility, with positive results.
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
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
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 Senate measure would divide purse proceeds between thoroughbred and harness races tracks. But the tracks’ survival may depend on finding new sources of revenue.
Gov. Snyder’s plan for a new Detroit school district would include nearly $100 million in red ink due to debt from employee pensions.
The Senate bill is the latest effort to give highly trained nurses more independence to carry out medical care, particularly in rural areas where there is a shortage of physicians.
At issue is whether municipalities have the power to exert local control over what wages they pay to contractors.
Does the success of the state energy mandate make it a no-brainer to keep? Or is it proof that it is no longer needed?
Legislation in Lansing wades into the commercialization of breast milk, and a growing battle between nonprofit milk banks and new, for-profit companies willing to pay nursing mothers.
The report from the Michigan Public Service Commission says customers get more than a 4-to-1 return on efficiency mandates. The report comes as the legislature is considering phasing out the mandates by 2019.
A patchwork of temporary roads fixes makes companies hesitant to invest heavily in Michigan
Traverse City fears a labor shortage as stagnant wages and the high price of housing are keeping talented millennials from moving in.
A House bill expected to be introduced this week would offer more protections for renewable energy producers. Supporters of a competing Senate measure say their approach takes Michigan out of the process of picking winners and losers.
Lansing is getting rid of antiquated criminal laws and addressing the Courser and Gamrat mess. But a roads fix must wait until the fall.
Gun Lake Tribe stops payments to protest state’s expansion into online gaming, which the tribe says violates compact. If other tribes follow suit, MEDC funding put at risk.