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Stay-Home Order Extended Until June 12; Bars, Restaurants, Casinos Still Closed

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order Friday extending the Safer at Home deadline through June 12. She also kept casinos, bars and restaurants in lower Michigan closed.

Retail, Auto Dealers Back By Appointment Only Under New Order

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer loosened restrictions on retail businesses and auto dealers throughout the state, allowing them to reopen by appointment only.

Michigan’s Unemployment Rate Exceeds National Average

With stay-home orders in place closing all but essential businesses most of the last 10 weeks, unemployment claims began soaring. In April, they hit historic highs.

States Seeing Mixed COVID Results as Economies Reopen Around the Country

Health experts warned that reopening the U.S. economy too quickly could cause a surge in COVID-19 cases. In many cases, they've been right.

Retail, Bars, Restaurants Open in UP, Traverse City; Workplace Training, Mandates Announced

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the easing of restrictions in the two northern-most sections of the state just in time for Memorial Day.

SBA Releases PPP Forgiveness Application, Guidelines to Come

The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.

MIOSHA Announces New Back to Work Guidelines

As the governor begins to open more segments of Michigan's economy, state officials have begun issuing safety and health requirements companies will need to operate in the COVID-19 environment.

Michigan Senate, House Reports Paint Bleak Fiscal Picture

The Senate Fiscal Agency is projecting the state will have to make some $2.6 billion in cuts to the budget to cover shortfalls in the general fund and the school aid fund.

SPECIAL REPORT: Laws, Regulations Crunching Businesses Trying to Survive

States around the country are beginning to reopen, and businesses are trying to climb out of the COVID-19 morass. But many fear cumbersome laws and regulations could make that difficult.

Facing Massive Deficit, State Furloughs Workers to Save Salary Costs

Facing a huge budget deficit this fiscal year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday more than 31,000 employees will be asked to take two furlough days per pay period through July.

Manufacturers Back on the Job as Stay Home Restrictions Ease

Hundreds of thousands of workers in the manufacturing industry began coming back to the job Monday, the effects of the easing of restrictions by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Whitmer: Six-Phase Plan ‘Critical’ to Reopening Michigan’s Economy

Working with business, education and healthcare leaders, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is using a six-phase plan to restart Michigan's economy.

Manufacturing, Automakers Cleared to Resume, Stay-Home Order Extended to May 28

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order Thursday allowing manufacturers, automakers and auto suppliers back to work, and extending the stay-at-home order through May 28.

Executive Order Designed to Expedite Unemployment Benefits for Thousands

An executive order signed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is designed to speed up the flow of unemployment benefits to tens of thousands of claimants.

More Than 33 Million Americans Have Filed for Unemployment in 7 Weeks

While several states are seeing drops in unemployment claims, the overall picture is dreary as the U.S. Department of Labor gets ready to release April job numbers.

MEDC Hands Out $10 Million in Small Business Relief Program

More than 2,700 businesses got some much-needed relief from the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis when the MEDC announced some $10 million in grant awards.

Funds Begin to Flow as Local Relief Programs Kick In

Local civic groups and municipalities and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation have established grant and loan programs that are now starting to pay dividends.

Kalamazoo Plant Picked for Production of Pfizer Vaccine

Pfizer and BioNTech are in the early stages of a clinical trial of a vaccine to fight COVID-19, and Pfizer's Kalamazoo plant has been tapped for initial production.

Construction, Real Estate Activity Next Up for Reopening

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had already said the construction industry would reopen May 7. In her executive order Friday, she added real estate activity to the list of restrictions being eased.

Town Hall Answers Questions as Businesses Get Ready to Re-Engage

In a 90-minute video town hall meeting, experts weighed in on a variety of topics as businesses try to figure out how to navigate re-engagement in the COVID-19 era.
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