Servers want $12 an hour. This restaurant owner says he can't afford it.

Servers want $12 an hour. This restaurant owner says he can't afford it.

October 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A new Michigan law would require restaurant servers to earn at least $12 an hour before tips by 2024 — if Michigan legislators don’t change it first.

Paid sick leave law making some Michigan businesses feel queasy

October 18, 2018 | Ron French in Public Sector

A Traverse City nonprofit working with the disabled said it barely scrapes by. If it has to pay workers while they are out ill, the group’s director says it may have to cut services to survive.

Some colleges are unaffordable for many qualified students

October 18, 2018 | Jon Marcus in Talent & Education

Even as net prices begin to fall at some schools, many families are priced out, according to college cost data now available for universities across the country.

$100 million for waterfront a boon to Detroit, will connect to state trails

October 18, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

Foundation started by the late Buffalo Bills owner and Michigander Ralph Wilson donated the funds to develop the waterfront park

Opinion | Lansing, please don’t hurt Michigan drivers with bad traffic laws

October 18, 2018 | Jim Walker in Guest Commentary

A basketful of bad bills threaten to drive Michigan drivers crazy.

Amid Michigan opioid crisis, drug centers say new rules mean layoffs

October 17, 2018 | Ted Roelofs in Public Sector

Treatment officials argue that state regulatory changes could close detox centers and force layoffs. State officials counter that centers need full-time doctors and certified providers to ensure patient safety.

Minnesota has fought PFAS for years. Here’s how its plan can help Michigan.

October 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan is planning to sue 3M for manufacturing hazardous chemicals showing up in water systems. Minnesota sued the company years ago and is sharing documents and other information, a top Minnesota regulator says.

Michigan environment roundup: ‘Bee highway’ to the rescue in Detroit

October 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

This week’s can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

‘Michigan Divided’ documentary showing at DIA and U-M as election nears

October 17, 2018 | Ron French in The Center for Michigan

Bridge spent a year following six families with wildly different political views after the contentious 2016 election to see if they could find common ground. You have a few chances to see the resulting documentary before your vote on Nov. 6.

Opinion | A tunnel for Line 5 is good news – for Canadians

October 17, 2018 | Jim Lively in Guest Commentary

Gov. Rick Snyder got suckered by Enbridge into a deal that doesn’t protect the Great Lakes for years, and financially benefits only the Canadian oil industry, not Michigan residents.

Michigan’s Republican black-sheep justice is winning some unlikely allies

October 16, 2018 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement has been snubbed by Republicans for her votes on key rulings. But moderates in both parties are rallying (and giving) to a justice they say put principles above party.

Truth Squad | Misleading attacks on Bill Schuette for Flint water crisis

October 16, 2018 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Truth Squad

A Democratic Governors Association PAC says Schuette’s office “OK’d” the deal that produced lead-tainted water in Flint, and that residents were harmed as a result of his office’s inaction.

Lawmakers to introduce bills to reform bail in Michigan

October 16, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey in Public Sector

Michigan lawmakers propose bills to get rid of cash bail, but can they get it done before time runs out?