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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State roads legislation getting bumpier than the roads that need fixing

July 16, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

House Republicans adjourn for the week after failing to square their measure with a bill passed by the Senate.

Turf war: Community colleges want to offer more 4-year degrees

July 13, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Senate proposal would allow community colleges to offer bachelor degrees in nursing and other fields. State universities push back.

House summer plans including watching Senate’s move on road funding

June 21, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

Bill would ban questions, discrimination over contraceptive use

June 21, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Democrats introduced the bill to prevent employers from discriminating against workers or potential hires over the issue of birth control.

Debate rages on whether ‘prevailing wage” repeal would save state money

June 15, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

Pot proponents pass petition process

June 15, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

Mackinac notes: A train to Traverse City; road funding; MEDC cuts

June 1, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Wish lists and bottom lines at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

Crain’s poll: Despite optimism, Detroit-area businesses not bullish on hiring

May 28, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Nearly 6-in-10 businesses surveyed said they expect to maintain current employment levels over the next year

Bill banning setting of local minimum wage sparks partisan divide

May 26, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Democrats accuse Republicans of going back on their support for local government control; Republicans say allowing local governments to set their own minimum wages would create a patchwork that discourage business investment.

Poll: Business community willing to pay more for better roads

May 18, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Fuel or sales tax hikes are favored options among 300 Metro Detroit business owners and managers polled after Proposal 1 flopped on the state ballot this month.

Business blog: Lansing to begin fresh talk on roads bills

May 18, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Legislature will consider a Republican bill this week, with lengthy negotiations expected leading into the summer.

Snyder eyes future as his profile builds

May 11, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Despite the failure of Proposal 1, the governor pitches a "comeback story" to audiences in California and New York.

Mackinac Conference adds conversation on race, class to business agenda

May 8, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Unrest in cities far from Michigan will spark discussion at the annual policy conference, presented by the Detroit Regional Chamber. Speakers include the architects of Detroit's bankruptcy deal, authors and lawmakers.

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