Did Michigan’s minimum wage just rise to $12-an-hour because of a court ruling?
But does that really mean Michigan’s minimum wage increased from $9.87 to $12 – and the tipped wage from $3.75 to $9.60 – literally overnight? The agency oversees state labor laws and would have authority on changes to minimum wage and sick time being implemented. The original would have allowed 72 hours of paid leave yearly, plus increased the minimum wage to $12 by 2022 and the minimum tipped wage to $9.60 by then. But lawmakers scaled those back to 40 hours of leave and a $12 minimum wage by 2030. Read more from MLive:Michigan’s minimum wage will go up if new court ruling standsMichigan Supreme Court declines to weigh in on legislative ‘adopt and amend’ tacticmlive.com
Thousands of Michigan businesses launched during the pandemic. The boom remains strong.
I wanted to make something productive out of this pandemic,” Welch said. Current data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows new Michigan businesses are still forming at record levels with January 2022 applications up almost 50% compared to two years ago. Crippled by the Great Recession, Michigan small businesses never fully rebounded after 2008. In January 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported Michigan small business lending had been stuck at about half its 2004 level for over a decade. “Having more small businesses provides a certain resiliency to the economy,” he said.mlive.com
A Defense of — and Rebuttal to — Michigan’s New Political Maps
That’s largely because the state has new political maps that were drawn not by politicians in Lansing, but by an independent redistricting commission made up of citizens. Listen: The highlights and drawbacks of Michigan’s new political maps. GuestRebecca Szetela is the chair of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and an independent from Canton. Anthony Eid is an independent from Detroit on the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Eid says the commission collaborated together, and that he is pleased with the maps that were created.wdet.org
Michigan COVID vaccine sweepstakes: Here are winners of $2 million prize, 8 $50k drawings, 9 scholarships
Michigan has announced the winner of the $2 million grand prize from the COVID vaccine sweepstakes, as well as the final eight $50,000 daily drawing winners and the nine students who won college scholarships.
With more than 130K first covid shots in July, officials tout the success of the Michigan’s vaccine lottery
Michigan’s vaccine sweepstakes is being deemed a success after the state reported four consecutive week-over-week increases for first-dose vaccinations throughout the month of July. There were 41,150 residents who got their first shot during the week of July 25-31, which was more than the three previous weeks. “Much has been said about whether or not the vaccine sweepstakes has made a difference,” Calley said. When the sweepstakes kicked off in early July, the state had about 56.5% of its eligible population partially vaccinated, and 52.2% were fully vaccinated. To find a vaccine near you, visit Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccine website or go to VaccineFinder.org.mlive.com
Businesses in one Michigan county got $4.5 billion in PPP – 1,600 times more than another
Oakland County businesses got nearly $3,600 per residentBusinesses in all 83 Michigan counties received PPP money, although some saw more than others. Oakland County businesses received $4.5 billion, more than any other Michigan county. That’s 1,600 times more than Keweenaw County businesses saw – $2.7 million. For every one of Oakland’s 1.2 million residents, county businesses earned about $3,500 in PPP loans. Below is the full, sortable list of Michigan businesses that received PPP money.mlive.com
Michigan got $24 billion in PPP money – here’s who got the most
Michigan businesses took advantage. Nationwide, businesses received nearly 12 million PPP loans adding up to almost $800 billion. Michigan businesses accounted for about 300,000 loans for more than $24 billion, per federal data. In an SBAM survey of 617 Michigan small businesses, 91% received PPP money. Here’s the list of businesses that received PPP loans of $150,000 or less.mlive.com
Michigan’s push for permanent COVID-19 rules sparks battle with business leaders
The current temporary MIOSHA workplace rules expire Oct. 14 and cannot be extended again, per state law. Republicans and business leaders are unhappy with the prospect of permanent rules. “Voice your opposition to Whitmer’s plan to make heavy-handed COVID rules permanent,” the Michigan Republican Party wrote on Twitter. “The notion of having permanent COVID-19 rules – there was a very visceral, negative reaction to that from members,” Calley said. However, MIOSHA hasn’t committed to removing the language from the permanent rules, said Sean Egan, Michigan director of COVID-19 workplace safety.mlive.com
‘We’re not going to ask for proof’: Michigan’s mask mandate change complicates things for businesses
Vaccinated people no longer have to mask up indoors in Michigan starting this weekend – a move applauded by many state business leaders. But the move also complicates the mask mandate — which still remains in effect indoors for unvaccinated people — and brings new questions about how the rule will be enforced. Within minutes, Michigan restaurants had customers refusing to wear masks, Ellis said. They’ve already had arguments.”While the mask mandate will end for everybody on July 1, some business leaders and state legislators were critical that Whitmer’s latest change doesn’t go far enough. MIOSHA is still deciding if it will lift its mask mandate for employees, the agency said in a statement.mlive.com
Offices can reopen May 24 in Michigan – but don’t expect traffic jams
The latest victory for the business industry is the reopening of offices for all workers, which can start Monday, May 24. But don’t expect May 24 to bring swift changes and traffic jams. Even the state of Michigan doesn’t plan to bring remote workers back to offices until July 12, a state spokesperson said. Many businesses don’t plan to bring office workers back until the summer or fall, if not later, Calley said. Cancel extra $300, federal unemployment programs, Michigan business group urgesHow Michigan governments can, can’t spend their $11B in COVID-19 stimulus money‘They don’t care’: Blue Cross bashed for making union employees work in person, skirting COVID-19 rulesmlive.com
$28.6 billion in stimulus money for restaurants is about to open
The application for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund goes live at noon on Monday, May 3, with $28.6 billion in the pot for restaurants nationwide. Restaurants can get up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. They can only ask for grants that would cover the difference between their 2019 sales and 2020 sales – minus any Paycheck Protection Program loans received. All other dollars will be given on a first-come, first-served basis – and some leaders say the money will run out quickly. Michigan suggests filing amended tax returnMichigan reopening plan encourages business leaders, who say ‘the sooner the better’mlive.com
Michigan reopening plan encourages business leaders, who say ‘the sooner the better’
After months of begging and pleading, Michigan business leaders are getting their wish – a specific plan on what triggers the end of the COVID-19 rules. Gretchen Whitmer announced her “Vacc to Normal” plan on Thursday, April 29, linking Michigan’s vaccination rates to the reopening steps. Business leaders are encouraged, yet concerned the reopenings won’t happen fast enough. Whitmer officially ties reopening measures to vaccination rates“This is a good day for Michigan and for the industry,” said Justin Winslow, president of the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association. Peak tourism season in Michigan is July and August, Winslow said, and event spaces have already lost business to surrounding states.mlive.com
Restaurants reopen today for indoor dining – here are Michigan’s new rules
For the first time in more than 10 weeks, people can legally eat inside Michigan restaurants again. Until Monday, Michigan was one of only two states still prohibiting indoor dining statewide. While dining rooms are back open, there are still strict limits restaurants must follow. So I don’t think Michigan will be any different.”Restaurant reopenings will be good for Michigan’s economy, said Calley, a former lieutenant governor. 90,000 laid-off Michigan workers apply for state grants, now unlikely to be $1,650 eachMichigan’s COVID-19 restrictions during holidays likely prevented about 109,000 cases, 2,800 deathsmlive.com
Gov. Whitmer forms commission to educate Michigan residents about coronavirus vaccine
Gretchen Whitmer announced the creation of a bipartisan commission within the state’s health department to educate residents on the safety and effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Protect Michigan Commission within the Department of Health and Human Services will raise awareness, educate residents and help protect the health and safety of people, according to a release on the commission. Let’s all continue to do our part.”Related: COVID-19 vaccine could be available to Michigan public by late spring, says Dr. KhaldunThe commission brings leaders in the state together to give Michigan residents all the information they need about the COVID-19 vaccine, Gilchrist said. It will also find barriers that may deter the acceptance of the vaccine by residents, such as groups publicly resisting the vaccine, and develop a plan to overcome such barriers. The Protect Michigan Commission will make sure all Michiganders have the information they need to make those plans,” Khaldun said.mlive.com
Many forms of outdoor dining also prohibited during Michigan’s 3-week ‘pause’
Michigan is banning dine-in service at restaurants and bars for the next three weeks due to COVID-19 – seemingly inviting restaurants to expand outdoor dining offerings as a stopgap. But many of the outdoor spaces built for winter dining won’t be allowed either. Calley expects some businesses to hold off on the grants, if they think the three-week “pause” will be extended longer. “For the next three weeks, (restaurants) wouldn’t be able to use (some of the equipment),” Calley said. RELATED STORIESDine-in restaurant ban is a ‘nail in the coffin’ of Michigan businesses, industry leaders sayIgloos, heated tents among ideas for Michigan restaurants anxious of looming cold weathermlive.com
Michigan governor says she has authority for stay-home order
Trump himself has urged supporters to push Whitmer to reopen the state following virus restrictions, though many rules had been lifted previously. And 14 men have been charged in connection with an alleged plot to kidnap the governor. Asked if the state can do anything to assist closed businesses and their soon-to-be laid-off employees, Whitmer again urged Trump and Congress to enact a relief law. Brian Calley, president of the Small Business Association of Michigan and a Republican former lieutenant governor, also called on Congress and the president to act. Without aggressive steps now, she warned, Michigan could see 20,000 more deaths by February.
Without executive orders, some Michigan businesses celebrate, experts urge caution
But as some the executive orders thrown out by a Michigan Supreme Court ruling are being revived through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, county health departments and potentially the state legislature, confusion reigns. Whitmer has issued nearly 200 executive orders, although many have expired or been replaced. It was not good for social distancing.”Without the capacity restrictions from the executive orders, Gilbert could open the space if he wanted. Schriner will keep up precautions to protect staff and guests – plus, Ingham County has issued some COVID-19 orders of its own. has no authority to continue state of emergency, Michigan Supreme Court rulesCOVID-19 workplace fines aren’t thrown out with Michigan Supreme Court ruling, state claimsMovie theaters, bingo halls, arcades, water parks and more can open in MichiganMichigan unemployment pitfalls following Supreme Court ruling could be fixed with Senate billmlive.com
COVID-19 workplace fines aren’t thrown out with Michigan Supreme Court ruling, state claims
Attorney Todd Shoudy was already confident in his client’s case, as he defended the city of Port Huron against state citations for COVID-19 workplace safety violations. The city of Port Huron is one of 35 organizations and businesses fined by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration for COVID-19 workplace safety violations, totaling $115,700. Gretchen Whitmer’s most recent executive orders were issued under. MLive reached out to other businesses fined by MIOSHA for COVID-19 workplace violations, but many couldn’t be reached for comment or declined to comment. The second part of the debate is: Can MIOSHA keep handing out COVID-19 safety violations without the executive orders in place?mlive.com
Scammers causing even more delays for Michigan unemployment system
DETROIT – Scammers targeting Michigan residents who have legitimately filed for unemployment are causing even more delays in the system as officials are forced to investigate. These scams are affecting thousands of Michiganders who have filed for unemployment, and many others who haven’t filed. READ: New problem keeps more Michigan residents from getting unemployment checksThe problem has gotten so serious that some people who have filed legitimately are having their accounts put on hold as the Unemployment Insurance Agency investigates. Scammers are also working to steal the identities of people who haven’t filed for unemployment. Our WDIV human resources team received letters that appeared to be from the unemployment agency about employees who never filed.
New scam steals personal information to file false unemployment claims
DETROIT – A new scam is impacting thousands who have filed for unemployment and even many who haven’t. The problem is so big that some residents who have filed legitimately are now having their accounts put on hold as the Unemployment Insurance Agency investigates. RELATED: New problem keeps more Michigan residents from getting unemployment checksFormer Lt. Governor Brian Calley and president of the Small Business Association of Michigan announce on Twitter that he was targeted by the scam. Several WDIV team members are now concerned their personal information is in the wrong hands.
Second round of Paycheck Protection Program begins
The second round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program is starting to become available. Governor Brian Calley, have teamed up to encourage eligible Michigan small businesses to apply for the federal funds. Information about this program can be found at MIpaycheckprotection.com serves as information portal for businesses seeking support through SBA Paycheck Protection Program. There continues to be a significant need for additional resources to support our small businesses facing many challenges in the face of the COVID-19 virus, Gilchrist said. ***Video explanation of program:*** This is among the news and features The Monroe News is making available for free as a public service to our readers during the coronavirus outbreak.monroenews.com
Flashpoint: Schuette, Calley make final primary pitches in Michigan governor's race
Here's what you may have missed on Flashpoint for Sunday, July 29, 2018. Devin Scillian sat down with the two Republican front-runners in the Michigan gubernatorial race, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lt. Governor Brian Calley. Here's the conversation with Schuette:Here's the conversation with Calley.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder proclaims Friday 'Spartan Green Day'
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed Friday as "Spartan Green Day" in honor of the No. 5 Michigan State football team. Brian Calley, a Michigan State graduate, this week presented the proclamation to Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and the team in East Lansing. The proclamation from Snyder, a graduate of the University of Michigan, encourages people in Michigan to wear green in support of the Spartans, whose colors are green and white.