A group of Michigan bowling alleys and roller rinks is suing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for compensation for losses after they were forced to close.
More than 64,000 Michigan jobs evaporated in December – the worst decline in the nation. The Wolverine State also saw the second-worst drop in jobs over the year.
More than a quarter of all Michigan restaurant and bar jobs were wiped out last year – the third worst decline in the nation.
New Census Bureau numbers show Gov. Gretchen Whitmer oversaw a loss of population in Michigan, marking the state’s second year in a row of population decline – the only two periods since the Great Recession.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Dec. 7 the extension of Michigan’s statewide stay-at-home order – originally billed as a three-week “pause” – further hitting restaurants by continuing the statewide ban on in-person dining.
A new order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services hits restaurants by closing in-person dining. But restaurants accounted for roughly 4% of total outbreaks statewide, according to the state’s most recent contact tracing data.
The head of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency stepped down as the governor has struggled to provide timely benefits to out-of-work Michiganders.
Michigan workers have seen one of the worst economic shocks in the country, on top of persistent problems with the state’s unemployment system.
Regardless of when the economy is fully reopened, Michigan policymakers should prepare for economic recovery through tax and regulatory reforms.
With heavy job losses in hospitality, manufacturing and construction, Michiganders are experiencing the worst economic pain in the region.