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Thursday, 17 November 2022 11:16

Incoming Senate Majority Leader from GR discusses ‘right to work,’ civil rights expansions, housing and abortion as an economic issue

Democratic state Sen. Winnie Brinks from Grand Rapids continues to make history. She was the first woman to represent Grand Rapids in the state Senate since Eva McCall Hamilton was elected in 1920, and she will be Michigan’s first woman Senate Majority Leader when the Democrats take control of the legislative branch on Jan. 1 for the first time in 40 years.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 24 February 2022 14:14

House GOP advances tax-cut plan for individuals, retirees

LANSING — The push for election-year tax cuts gained further momentum today as lawmakers advanced a $1.7 billion proposal crafted by House Republicans to reduce Michigan’s individual income tax rate and raise income exemptions for retirees.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 15 February 2022 15:30

State Senate passes plan to reduce corporate, individual income tax rates

LANSING — The state Senate has advanced legislation to reduce the personal and corporate income taxes in Michigan, a proposal that contrasts Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s pitch for targeted election-year tax cuts.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 30 January 2022 14:00

Tax cut negotiations on deck between Whitmer, Republicans

Competing proposals from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans who control the Legislature put tax cuts on the election-year agenda in Lansing.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 19 December 2021 17:05

Peters: U.S. ‘paying the price’ for lack of manufacturing strategy

Throughout his tenure in Washington D.C., Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters has proven to be a consistent voice for the manufacturing industry.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 10 October 2021 17:00

Workforce training, higher education programs get boost in new state budget

Michigan’s newly signed state budget aims to maintain the momentum behind a variety of programs designed to help the manufacturing industry address workforce challenges.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 10 October 2021 16:45

$1.4B infusion for child care offers crucial short-term solution, advocates say

The $1.4 billion injected into Michigan child care in the state’s newest budget is intended to bolster the industry at a time when most economic sectors are coping with a troubling labor shortage.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 29 September 2021 16:02

Whitmer signs budget with childcare, talent development priorities; millions in one-time spending for Kent Co.

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a state budget for the new fiscal year that includes hundreds of millions of dollars for childcare and talent development, as well as more than $23 million in one-time spending for various Kent County developments.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 01 August 2021 17:01

LGBTQ ballot initiative regroups, readies court challenge after signature setback

The committee behind a statewide ballot initiative to expand civil rights protections for LGBTQ people is prepared for a legal battle after state election officials ruled the campaign had an insufficient number of public signatures to advance the proposal.

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 16:11

Catholic Church bankrolling opposition to biz-backed LGBTQ rights expansion

The Michigan Catholic Conference has contributed nearly $240,000 to a campaign committee opposing a business-backed initiative to expand Michigan’s civil rights law to include protections for LGBTQ individuals.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 20 June 2021 17:00

GOP lawmakers push corporate income tax cut, tax credits for businesses

Republican lawmakers are advancing bills that would reduce Michigan’s corporate income tax rate by 20 percent and create tax credits for businesses that lost at least a quarter of their revenue during COVID-19 restrictions.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 10 June 2021 17:04

Hope Network to close Coldwater care center as a result of 2019 no-fault insurance reforms

COLDWATER — Hope Network will close a long-term housing center in Coldwater for people with severe disabilities as a new fee schedule is set to take effect under recent automotive no-fault insurance reforms.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 24 May 2021 13:44

Whitmer updates COVID-19 workplace safety guidelines

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced “slimmed down” COVID-19 emergency safety rules that begin to ease workplace restrictions and guidelines for employers.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 20 May 2021 22:39

State budget deal withdraws proposed permanent COVID-19 workplace safety rules

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders cut a deal Thursday that includes withdrawing proposed permanent COVID-19 workplace safety rules.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 29 April 2021 11:34

Whitmer plan ties reopening to vaccination rates

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has outlined a new plan that lifts restrictions on restaurants, event venues and workplaces as the state meets a series of COVID-19 vaccination thresholds.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 16:15

Business groups back House Republicans’ COVID-19 spending plan

Statewide business groups announced their support today for House Republicans’ COVID-19 spending plan that’s a rebuttal to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $5.6 billion plan unveiled last week.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 11 December 2020 09:59

Small business group ‘cautiously optimistic’ on property tax deferment legislation

The head of the Small Business Association of Michigan says he’s “cautiously optimistic” that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state legislators can agree on a bill that would allow businesses to defer property tax payments.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 14 April 2019 20:08

Non-locals make up vast majority of medical marijuana biz applicants

GRAND RAPIDS — Companies looking to break into the lucrative medical marijuana industry want to ensure their place in line for the city’s lottery process that will determine the order in which their proposals are considered. In an effort to boost their chances of being selected in the lottery, some applicants have submitted multiple proposals — sometimes even for adjacent properties — in concentrated areas where city zoning allows medical marijuana-related businesses.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 24 February 2019 21:15

Appeals Court ruling upholds employer drug policy in medical marijuana case

An appeals court ruling upheld the ability of employers to withdraw job offers to people who failed a pre-employment drug test, even if they are a legal user of medical marijuana. In a case involving the City of Lansing and its utility, the Lansing Board of Water and Light, the Michigan Court of Appeals this week ruled that employers may withdraw a just offer from prospective at-will employees.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 27 January 2019 20:17

Push to reform state auto no-fault re-emerges in Lansing

Reforming Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system remains a high priority in Lansing after a proposal during the 2018 lame-duck legislative failed to gain the support needed to pass. State House leaders this month, soon after convening the new legislative session, formed a special committee to look at no-fault reform, and the first bill introduced in the Senate offers a basic outline for reforms.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 06 January 2019 21:09

Business as usual? Manufacturers face questions over drug policies after Michigan legalizes marijuana

Now that all adults in Michigan can legally use marijuana, employers are weighing how the new law — and misunderstandings about it — could affect their workforces.

Published in Manufacturing