Navigating the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 11/8
Minimum wage workers struggle to afford rent. Data published in Fox 2 Detroit this week shows minimum wage workers must work about 80 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom apartment. More details here.
Would Enbridge be on the hook for potential Line 5 oil spill? In the event of an oil spill on Line 5, Enbridge may be able to avoid paying for the damage for reasons explained here. The fossil fuel company has also weighed in, saying they would pay for damage from a potential oil spill.
Legislators introduce bills to make Election Day a holiday. Just before this year’s Election Day, several Democratic lawmakers introduced bills that would make Election Day a statewide holiday in an effort to make voting more accessible. More on the bills here.
The Betsy DeVos method. An article published in the Michigan Advance this week examined how Betsy DeVos has used her influence to undermine public education and push for privatization. Read their take here.
Poll shows Michiganders oppose corporate tax breaks. Progress Michigan released a new poll this week showing most Michiganders oppose corporate tax breaks and want corporations to pay their fair share. Read more here.
Mike Shirkey compares abortion to slavery. Shirkey made controversial comments that he’s not backing down from this week, when he compared abortion to slavery in America. Read more here.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib. seeks House investigation into Dan Gilbert’s tax breaks. The Michigan congresswoman pressed House committees to conduct investigations related to the Opportunity Zone program, over concerns it might have been influenced by billionaire developers and political donors following a ProPublica report into Dan Gilbert’s Detroit tax breaks. Read more on the report here.