In partnership with Crain’s Detroit Business, Business Bridge covers the intersection of business, politics and policy across Michigan.
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.
Some communities have learned that extending economic incentives to companies can carry risks
The Pew Charitable Trusts argues that early state intervention is critical when municipal fiscal troubles first appear.
A wicked recent storm along with several harsh winters have hurt the bottom line for lodging, retail, fruit crops in northern vacation retreats.
Disability rolls surge past 500,000 workers, who are unlikely to return to the workforce. Critics claim Michigan’s system is too soft.
At current rates, money marked for workers with long-term disabilities will be exhausted by the 2016.
Snyder’s approval rating slips while Obama’s climbs.
Senate bill to expand the four-year degree offerings by community colleges faces stiff opposition from the state’s 15 public universities.
A state House bill is proposing EV owners pay up to $100 more in registration fees to help fund the state’s roads plan. Automakers counter that buyers should be given incentives to buy alternative-fuel cars, not penalties.
House Republicans adjourn for the week after failing to square their measure with a bill passed by the Senate.
Senate proposal would allow community colleges to offer bachelor degrees in nursing and other fields. State universities push back.
Critics say legislative leaders should be meeting now with Gov. Snyder to hash out permanent roads fix for Michigan. But House prefers to wait to see what the Senate comes up with first.
Democrats introduced the bill to prevent employers from discriminating against workers or potential hires over the issue of birth control.
A 2013 report promising more than $200 million in annual savings from a repeal has drawn criticism and some backtracking by its author. Republican leaders, defying Gov. Snyder, are pressing ahead with a ban.
Two state groups seeking to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana in Michigan have received approval for their petition language from the Board of State Canvassers.