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