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Michigan board limits bargaining by unionized state workers

September 27, 2017
LANSING — A Michigan panel has prohibited nearly 35,000 state employees from bargaining on seniority and other provisions related to the handling of layoffs, job transfers and overtime, sparking an outcry from unions that condemned it as another conservative-led political attack against organized labor. Read More

Insurer leaves Michigan health exchange, citing volatility

September 19, 2017
One of the nine Michigan insurers that was planning to sell health insurance on the federal marketplace next year has reversed course, saying that it won't do so due to market uncertainties and volatility. Read More

Study: Auto insurers illegally charge women more in Michigan

September 14, 2017
A group defending Michigan’s auto insurance system said it has uncovered instances of insurers illegally selling more expensive policies to women and widowed drivers, raising questions about state oversight of rating practices as the industry pushes lawmakers to contain high premiums. Read More

Group launches Michigan ballot drive for $12 minimum wage

September 8, 2017
LANSING — Advocates for restaurant workers have launched a 2018 ballot drive to gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour, saying the growing industry is not paying enough to employees — including those who earn tips. Read More

State doubles capacity to prep inmates for in-demand jobs

September 7, 2017
BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP — Inside what was once a prison license plate factory, 42-year-old inmate Richard Willett spends his days in a converted robotics lab, learning how to operate computerized machinery in hopes of working a good-paying job when he's freed. Read More

Health premiums in Michigan's individual market may rise 28 percent

September 5, 2017
LANSING — Hundreds of thousands of people who buy their health insurance on Michigan's individual market could see premiums rise by 28 percent on average next year if President Donald Trump follows through on a threat to cut billions of dollars in payments to insurers, state officials said. Read More

Snyder: 'Strong possibility' for Foxconn to come to Michigan

August 8, 2017
Gov. Rick Snyder is optimistic that Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group will open a facility in Michigan, but said what exactly it is has not been determined and it could be a few months before any potential deal takes shape. Read More

State approves $56.5B budget

July 17, 2017
Governor Rick Snyder has signed a $56.5-billion budget that will spend more on at-risk students and Flint's water crisis, concluding a bumpier-than-usual process with the GOP-led Legislature that ended with a spending blueprint well before the fiscal year starts in October. Read More

Legislature approves tax breaks for companies that add jobs

July 13, 2017
Qualified companies that create hundreds or thousands of Michigan jobs will receive tax incentives under bills approved by lawmakers, six years after Gov. Rick Snyder and fellow Republicans replaced such breaks with a scaled-back economic development program. Read More

Snyder appoints judge to Michigan Supreme Court

May 10, 2017
LANSING — Governor Rick Snyder has promoted a veteran state appellate judge to the Michigan Supreme Court, becoming the first governor to have appointed a majority of the court since the state began electing justices in the 1850s. Read More