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What Does The New Agreement On Offshore Wind In The Great Lakes Mean? Not Much, Yet.

This morning, the White House Council on Environmental Quality announced that it’s reached an agreement that will speed up the permitting process for offshore wind energy in the Great Lakes. The agreement comes in the form of a memorandum of understanding with five of the eight states that border the Great Lakes. On a conference … Continue reading

Michigan Lawmakers Take Aim At Teachers’ Union Dues

Michigan’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, says a Right to Work law is not a priority for his administration, and a number of Midwest governors agree. But the Michigan legislature has taken aim at a tenet of collective bargaining for the state’s teachers.  On Wednesday, the Republican controlled legislature sent Snyder a bill that that prohibits public schools … Continue reading

Midwest Memo: Fighting Right To Work, The New Value Of The “Old Economy”

Right to Fight Reuters reports that Indiana union members are expected to be in court today to try to overturn the state’s new Right to Work law. $50 million That’s what the federal government expects to spend this year fighting invasive Asian Carp. Ohio power State regulators in Ohio have overturned electricity price increases they … Continue reading

Midwest Memo: The Profit-Sharing Effect, Sears Layoffs And Chrysler Turns Down A Loan

Profit sharing bump GM reported a record profit yesterday, which means UAW members at GM will get a record profit-sharing bonus. Bloomberg News says union workers at all three Detroit carmakers are eligible for bonuses this year, and that could give the Midwest economy a lift. Hospital expansion The leader of Henry Ford Health Systems … Continue reading

Midwest Memo: Right To Work Has Support In Ohio, Frontier Cuts In Milwaukee And An Industrial Giant Presses On

Right to Support A poll by Quinnipiac University finds strong support for creating a Right to Work law in Ohio. Frontier cuts Frontier Airlines is cutting 450 jobs in the Milwaukee area. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports just two years ago, the carrier promised to double its workforce in the city. Demolition details Ohio is … Continue reading

Starting Tomorrow: STATES, A Series on Life After New Governors

It’s been a year since new Republican governors were elected in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. We all know the headlines. Wisconsin and Ohio were wracked with union protests over efforts to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Michigan enacted a strict new law giving enormous powers to emergency managers, including the one that … Continue reading