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Business leaders warn against picking a divisive fight and urge Democrats to work with Republicans to improve Michigan’s business climate. Data is inconclusive on how the anti-union law impacted Michigan.
After a narrow vote, rail workers did not approve a proposed contract. Now — if there’s no agreement or Congress fails to intervene — a strike could begin in early December, at the height of the holiday season.
It’s the latest Michigan site where the retail juggernaut hit ‘pause.’ The 3.8-million-square-foot center on the former Michigan State Fairgrounds was supposed to open in July with 1,200 jobs for Detroiters. About 100 people work there now.
The pandemic made people appreciate the comforts of home. For the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill, a 128-year-old business that still uses bathtubs to soak bales of wool, that meant an urgent shift in how it’s always done business.
‘Little Bavaria’ draws 3 million visitors a year, fueling a robust rebound from pandemic restrictions. Its iconic restaurants and shops suffered financial disruptions similar to other towns. But leaders set aside politics and focused on winning back tourists.
Like many small business owners, Bruce and Jan Upston didn’t think much about a succession plan. But time, and a doctor’s visit, got them thinking about how to pass on all that the next owners will need to know.
Add northeast lower Michigan to the list of regions where there is not enough affordable housing to meet worker demand. State and local officials are taking public comment on how to spend $100 million in federal rescue funds earmarked for housing.
Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reached a $1 billion spending bill, with most of it going to the SOAR fund, formed to attract large-scale developments to Michigan. The deal is not without critics.