Federal shutdown gets real in Beer City: Michigan summer ales in jeopardy

Federal shutdown gets real in Beer City: Michigan summer ales in jeopardy

January 18, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

This year’s new seasonal brews may never hit the shelf, and some smaller breweries along West Michigan’s “Ale Trail” fear their openings may be at risk. Thanks, Washington!

Opinion | Enbridge is wrong, and Line 5 is wrong for Michigan

January 16, 2019 | David Holtz in Guest Commentary

Michigan should be focusing on clean energy, rather than building an oil and gas pipeline for a private company.

Business owners, educators have outsized influence in new Michigan Legislature

January 14, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Nearly a third of the state Legislature is comprised of business owners. Educators, ex-military and law enforcement also represent larger swaths among newly elected members of the Legislature.

With flat budget, Gov. Whitmer’s search for Michigan road money gets harder

January 14, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

New state revenue estimates show Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won’t have a lot of extra money to work with in her first budget. Lame-duck spending and a 2015 road deal makes the task even trickier.

Michigan’s water crisis is coming to city near you, report says

January 14, 2019 | Joel Kurth in Public Sector

A new report says Detroit’s beleaguered water system is a harbinger for state and nation. Rising rates could make water unaffordable for 1 in 3 Michiganders in five years.

Drop in hunting, fishing licenses could harm Michigan economy, reports show

January 14, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan lawmakers need to do a better job to promote hunting and fishing, which remains a $11 billion industry but is suffering as baby boomers get older.

Lawmakers: Michigan Gov. Snyder swapped pork projects for votes in lame duck

January 11, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

The now ex-governor spent years governing by spreadsheet. As he exited office, he governed by checkbook, doling out over $100 million in projects to secure votes for environmental cleanups, lawmakers say.

Will Jocelyn Benson defend Michigan gerrymandering tactics she once fought?

January 11, 2019 | Joel Kurth in Public Sector

The new Michigan secretary of state has spent years criticizing partisan redistricting. Now she heads the office that has defended the state against gerrymandering accusations. A federal trial is only weeks away.

Pregnant in rural Michigan? Fill up your gas tank for delivery day.

January 10, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Children & Families

As rural hospitals close their obstetrics units, many mothers and their babies will pay a price in far longer journeys for hospital care

For some rural mothers, there’s no place like home (births)

January 10, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Children & Families

Michigan midwives deliver hundreds of babies a year at home, an option that may be more attractive to rural expectant mothers with no hospitals nearby

Opinion | Paid sick leave may be gutted in Michigan, but it’s coming back

January 10, 2019 | Gilda Jacobs, Sherry Leiwant, Vicki Shabo in Guest Commentary

Outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder and lame duck legislators eviscerated Michigan’s paid sick leave law in December. It may be back on the ballot in 2020.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer sets ‘equal pay’ rules to boost women in state hiring

January 9, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The new governor’s 10th executive directive prohibits state departments and agencies from asking about job applicants’ past salaries — an effort, she says, to close the gender pay gap.

Gretchen Whitmer vows action on climate. Here’s how warming hurts Michigan.

January 9, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Rising temperatures are impacting Michigan’s roads, sewers, forests and farms, a landmark federal report warns. Gretchen Whitmer promises to create an office dedicated to solutions.

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