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Michigan property owners have until Aug. 31 to appeal 2020 taxes

Michigan property owners have until Aug. 31 to appeal 2020 taxes

July 13, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Michigan moved its appeal deadline because of the coronavirus pandemic. So far, nearly 1,400 commercial property owners seek to reduce their taxes, while cities brace for a decline in revenues.

Q&A with Sandy Baruah: ‘To keep businesses open, wear a mask’

Q&A with Sandy Baruah: ‘To keep businesses open, wear a mask’

July 13, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The leader of the Detroit Regional Chamber says the most important thing Michiganders can do for businesses during coronavirus is to help them keep their doors open.

Whitmer orders Michigan stores to refuse entry to those not wearing masks

Whitmer orders Michigan stores to refuse entry to those not wearing masks

July 10, 2020 | Ron French, Paula Gardner

With coronavirus cases rising, Michigan’s governor toughened state face mask requirements. Starting Monday, expect to be refused entry to stores and restaurants if you’re not covered. Customers face fines, stores face closure for ignoring.

$100M in ‘critical’ coronavirus relief coming to Michigan small businesses

$100M in ‘critical’ coronavirus relief coming to Michigan small businesses

July 7, 2020 | Paula Gardner

With uncertainty growing along with coronavirus cases across the U.S., the state says the new grants are ‘critical’ to helping them survive the pandemic. Another $15M targets farms

Michigan ammo dealer markets to ‘Boogaloo,’ which awaits second civil war

Michigan ammo dealer markets to ‘Boogaloo,’ which awaits second civil war

July 6, 2020 | Ian Karbal, The Trace

Some ammo makers and gun shops in Michigan and beyond are invoking the memes and rhetoric of an extremist, anti-government ideology during the coronavirus outbreak. 

After 100-plus coronavirus cases, Michigan bar owner urges more testing

After 100-plus coronavirus cases, Michigan bar owner urges more testing

June 29, 2020 | Paula Gardner

"People say to me, ‘I feel so bad for you being demonized as far as the numbers,’” said the owner of Harper’s in East Lansing.“If we don’t have the numbers, we don’t know what’s out there.”

Michigan bars worry as East Lansing bar’s coronavirus tally tops 70 cases

Michigan bars worry as East Lansing bar’s coronavirus tally tops 70 cases

June 26, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Bars, particularly in college towns, have an avalanche of challenges as they try to reopen: limited seating, rude customers and young people who didn’t come to stay socially distant. And then there is Harper’s, which is facing the fallout from a packed house.

Michigan auto, business groups pan Trump's halt on foreign workers

Michigan auto, business groups pan Trump's halt on foreign workers

June 23, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

President Trump’s suspension of visas during the coronavirus outbreak cuts off critical foreign supply, business and industry groups say. Backers of the order say it provides more openings for U.S. workers during an economic crisis.

Jigsaw puzzles show off ‘love and pride’ in Michigan — and its history

Jigsaw puzzles show off ‘love and pride’ in Michigan — and its history

June 20, 2020 | Paula Gardner

State-themed puzzles started as a ‘history side hustle,’ but now staff and volunteers at the Michigan History Center are riding increased sales as interest in the hobby takes off.

Michigan may have lost millions to over 100,000 fake unemployment claims

Michigan may have lost millions to over 100,000 fake unemployment claims

June 19, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The state’s investigation into international fraud found 1 in 5 frozen accounts are still considered suspicious.

Michigan legislators want unemployment offices reopened

Michigan legislators want unemployment offices reopened

June 18, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Jobless workers continue to say they’re struggling to reach Unemployment Insurance Agency employees to resolve issues with unpaid claims that in some cases may go back months

Michigan manufacturers want incentives, eye automation in pandemic

Michigan manufacturers want incentives, eye automation in pandemic

June 18, 2020 | Paula Gardner

John Walsh, CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, says the sector is ramping up amid softer global demand after coronavirus. Now it’s evaluating what it needs to gain ground, including ensuring worker safety and perhaps more automated jobs.

Michigan jobs go unfilled when workers make more from unemployment

Michigan jobs go unfilled when workers make more from unemployment

June 18, 2020 | Paula Gardner

‘How do we get people back to work when there’s really no incentive for them to?’ asked one employer about not being able to compete for workers earning generous jobless benefits.

400K unemployment claims now flagged in Michigan fraud investigation

400K unemployment claims now flagged in Michigan fraud investigation

June 12, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Benefits have been restored to 140,000 people, but an additional 200,000 new claims now require verification as the state confronts identity theft.

Order extending halt in Michigan evictions may create 75,000 case backlog

Order extending halt in Michigan evictions may create 75,000 case backlog

June 12, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Landlords in many areas are working to reduce evictions.  With coronavirus, ‘the last thing we need is to increase our homeless population,’ said one tenant attorney in Flint.

Ann Arbor restaurant pioneer takes time reopening: ‘Everyone is anxious’

Ann Arbor restaurant pioneer takes time reopening: ‘Everyone is anxious’

June 11, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Mani Osteria was groundbreaking when it opened 9 years ago. Now, founder Adam Baru joins restaurateurs across Michigan in plotting how to safely reopen after a coronavirus shutdown and restore lost sales.

Pandemic may mean big profit to Michigan insurers, tiny rebates for drivers

Pandemic may mean big profit to Michigan insurers, tiny rebates for drivers

June 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Travel fell by more than 40 percent amid the pandemic, which experts say could reap insurance companies sizable profits. Ordered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to pay rebates, most are paying 15 percent to 20 percent. That often amounts to about $50 or less.

Frustrations rise over 340K frozen jobless claims, Michigan’s lack of answers

Frustrations rise over 340K frozen jobless claims, Michigan’s lack of answers

June 10, 2020 | Paula Gardner

About 340,000 accounts in the state’s jobless benefit system received ‘stop payment’ alerts in May when officials launched an investigation into identity fraud.  Now, lawmakers and the jobless are becoming frustrated over the agency’s lack of answers about the probe.

Michigan restaurants can now reopen.That doesn’t mean most will.

Michigan restaurants can now reopen.That doesn’t mean most will.

June 8, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The state’s dining industry is allowed to reopen with some restrictions Monday, but about half won’t open right away. Some still see financial risks and others are sorting out their health precautions after COVID-19.

Six of seven Michigan small businesses don’t expect to regain lost sales

Six of seven Michigan small businesses don’t expect to regain lost sales

June 4, 2020 | Paula Gardner

As Michigan begins to reopen, 87 percent of Michigan small businesses forecast sales declines. A survey also shows more business owners favor President Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic than they do that of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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