General Motors plans to invest more than $1 billion in two Flint manufacturing plants for the production of the next-generation internal combustion engine heavy-duty trucks. GM reported a 38% year-over-year increase in heavy-duty pickup sales last year.
Republican officials repeatedly dismissed Flint residents who said their water was making them sick, until it turned into a full-blown crisis. Now, with a state government under Democratic control, Michigan is finally making some amends—in a big way.
Several redevelopment projects are set to create or retain another 400-plus jobs and generate more than $200 million in investment, all right here in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced this week.
The 1990 election of Gov. John Engler ushered in a new era of deregulation, and, for the next several decades, governors and a largely GOP-controlled Legislature shredded environmental protections while defunding and gutting the state's regulatory agencies.