michigan economy http://wkar.org en Report alleges disinvestment is costing Michigan http://wkar.org/post/report-alleges-disinvestment-costing-michigan <p></p><p>“We still have miles to go to rebuild Michigan after years of neglect.” That sentence reflects the findings of a new report from the Michigan Economic Center at the <a href="http://primacivitas.org/" target="_blank">Prima Civitas Foundation</a>. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:34:12 +0000 Mark Bashore 56047 at http://wkar.org Report alleges disinvestment is costing Michigan Could Michigan learn from Minnesota's high tax success? http://wkar.org/post/could-michigan-learn-minnesotas-high-tax-success <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>As Michigan works to recover from the economic downturn and the decline in its manufacturing base, there have been plenty of debates over which policies will set Michigan on a long-term path toward more prosperity. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:44:39 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 55454 at http://wkar.org Could Michigan learn from Minnesota's high tax success? Michigan brewer part of mead "renaissance" http://wkar.org/post/michigan-brewer-part-mead-renaissance <p></p><p></p><p>Michigan is quietly carving out a place in the world of mead. Mead is an alcoholic beverage brewed from honey. Just like wine, it can be sweet or dry. It can be carbonated or still. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:42:47 +0000 Mark Bashore 55087 at http://wkar.org Michigan brewer part of mead "renaissance" Lawsuit triggers threat of Flint bankruptcy http://wkar.org/post/lawsuit-triggers-threat-flint-bankruptcy <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.cityofflint.com/" target="_blank">Flint</a> is renowned as the birthplace of <a href="http://www.gm.com/" target="_blank">General Motors</a> and for the prosperity it once enjoyed as “Vehicle City.” More recently, that success has been overshadowed by troubles that have trailed the decline of auto manufacturing such as population loss, blight, crime, drugs, and debt. Tue, 20 May 2014 17:03:19 +0000 Mark Bashore 53965 at http://wkar.org Lawsuit triggers threat of Flint bankruptcy Report suggests Michigan tax cuts have hampered prosperity http://wkar.org/post/report-suggests-michigan-tax-cuts-have-hampered-prosperity <p></p><p>A recent report casts doubt on the impact of two decades of tax-cutting in Michigan. It suggests that the resulting cuts in public revenue have seriously prevented greater prosperity. Wed, 14 May 2014 15:28:22 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 53674 at http://wkar.org Report suggests Michigan tax cuts have hampered prosperity With soaring costs, Michigan struggles to control prison spending http://wkar.org/post/soaring-costs-michigan-struggles-control-prison-spending <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-69ce4fd5-756d-8253-1c93-bcdc2101e088" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">A host of challenges associated with Michigan’s prison system make</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> corrections one of the state’s biggest and most persistent issues. No discussion of Michigan corrections lasts long without the topic of its dollar cost coming up. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:05:17 +0000 Mark Bashore 52382 at http://wkar.org With soaring costs, Michigan struggles to control prison spending Kids survey: Abuse, neglect and hunger up in Ingham County http://wkar.org/post/kids-survey-abuse-neglect-and-hunger-ingham-county <p></p><p></p><p>A sharply growing percentage of <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/kc-counties-new-2013-3/Ingham%20DBNEWS%202013.pdf">Ingham County children</a> appear to be victims of abuse and neglect.&nbsp; And five years after the great recession, more children in Ingham County remain eligible for food assistance than the statewide average. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:58:44 +0000 Current State 46799 at http://wkar.org Kids survey: Abuse, neglect and hunger up in Ingham County Current State #195 | November 5, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-195-november-5-2013 <p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:18:22 +0000 Current State 44832 at http://wkar.org Incoming State Treasurer prepares for new role http://wkar.org/post/incoming-state-treasurer-prepares-new-role <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has tapped the state&#39;s top financial and insurance regulator to become its next <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/treasury">Treasurer</a>. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:35:03 +0000 Current State 43849 at http://wkar.org Incoming State Treasurer prepares for new role Under oath, governor responds to union’s Detroit bankruptcy questions http://wkar.org/post/under-oath-governor-responds-union-s-detroit-bankruptcy-questions <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-20abdeac-a2b8-9255-a494-3cd834b8a9ff"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For three hours yesterday, attorneys representing influential Michigan labor unions and others had a chance to question Gov. Rick Snyder under oath about events leading up to his July decision to authorize bankruptcy for the city of Detroit.</span></span> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:48:34 +0000 Current State 43584 at http://wkar.org Under oath, governor responds to union’s Detroit bankruptcy questions Current State #162 | September 19, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-162-september-19-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">Today on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Current State</em></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">: Update on fiscal conditions in Detroit and other U.S. cities; Lansing's historical Knapp's building renovation; MSU Theatre's production of "Widows"; Michigan native on her goal to make it to Mars; and Lansing Makers Network takes over city landmark.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:51:56 +0000 Current State 42553 at http://wkar.org In Detroit, scholar updates fiscal conditions of key U.S. cities http://wkar.org/post/detroit-scholar-updates-fiscal-conditions-key-us-cities <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Back in July when state officials filed for federal bankruptcy protection for Detroit, &nbsp;worries spiked about other fiscally troubled U.S. cities. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Frank Shaforth is keeping an eye on several of those cities. <a href="http://pia.gmu.edu/people/fshafrot">Shafroth</a> is a noted municipal finance expert coming to Detroit tomorrow to participate in the <a href="http://www.mml.org/home.html">Michigan Municipal League</a>’s annual meeting. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mr. Shafroth is a Professor of Public and International Affairs at <a href="http://www.gmu.edu/">George Mason University</a> in Fairfax, Virginia.&nbsp;</div><div> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:49:28 +0000 Current State 42552 at http://wkar.org In Detroit, scholar updates fiscal conditions of key U.S. cities Jones Soda honors Michigan with new line http://wkar.org/post/jones-soda-honors-michigan-new-line <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:16:56 +0000 Current State 41030 at http://wkar.org Michigan's migrant and seasonal worker population sees growth http://wkar.org/post/michigans-migrant-and-seasonal-worker-population-sees-growth <p>Michigan's signature cherry crop, among other agricultural state staples, depend heavily on thousands of migrant workers each year.&nbsp; Even after a killing frost destroyed much of the crop in 2012, a new report shows Michigan's migrant and seasonal farm population is growing. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:47:54 +0000 Current State 40313 at http://wkar.org Michigan's migrant and seasonal worker population sees growth Sequestration's potential impact on Michigan workers http://wkar.org/post/sequestrations-potential-impact-michigan-workers <p>In a recent opinion piece in the Lansing State Journal CEO of <a href="http://camw.org/">Capital Area Michigan Works</a> Doug Stites wrote that the 20%&nbsp; funding cuts to his agency come at a critical time when efforts to retrain Michigan workers for in-demand jobs is extremely important.&nbsp; At the same time, a number of taxpayers are skeptical of the publicly funded agency's work. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:43:25 +0000 Current State 40306 at http://wkar.org Sequestration's potential impact on Michigan workers Michigan's export market ripe for exploration http://wkar.org/post/michigans-export-market-ripe-exploration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Exports are big business in Michigan. In 2012, $53 billion, which is about 15 percent of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), was attributed to the state’s export economy. And that’s up 12 percent from 2011.</span></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:40:04 +0000 Current State 37311 at http://wkar.org Michigan's export market ripe for exploration From Mackinac, Gov. Rick Snyder discusses education, economy http://wkar.org/post/mackinac-gov-rick-snyder-discusses-education-economy <p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 20:23:08 +0000 Current State 36779 at http://wkar.org From Mackinac, Gov. Rick Snyder discusses education, economy Current State #78 | May 1, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-78-may-1-2013 <p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State</em>: Ingham County Chief District Judge talks Indigent Defense<strong> </strong>; the Lansing Information Technology Empowerment Center; Michael Finney from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and re-imagining the Grand River corridor.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 18:14:19 +0000 Current State 35148 at http://wkar.org MEDC president on Michigan's economic future http://wkar.org/post/medc-president-michigans-economic-future <p>The Michigan Economic Development Corporation touts itself as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism, incentives and overall economic growth.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Michael Finney is the President and CEO of MEDC. He came to the organization after holding a key economic development position as head of the Ann Arbor Spark. Finney joins<em> Current State</em> to discuss MEDC and Michigan’s larger economic picture.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 18:05:08 +0000 Current State 35142 at http://wkar.org MEDC president on Michigan's economic future Building sustainable food systems in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/building-sustainable-food-systems-michigan <p></p><p></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:34:27 +0000 Current State 35070 at http://wkar.org Building sustainable food systems in Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee on his lastest initiatives http://wkar.org/post/congressman-dan-kildee-his-lastest-initiatives <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, Michigan Congressman <a href="http://www.dankildee.com/">Dan Kildee</a> said he supports a “Marshall Plan” for U.S. cities that are struggling to get back on their feet. &nbsp;The Flint Democrat says some cities need help transitioning to the “new economy.” &nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s Mark Bashore talks with Kildee on his plan, the challenges facing Flint and Saginaw, and deficit reduction.</span></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 17:56:06 +0000 Current State 33585 at http://wkar.org Congressman Dan Kildee on his lastest initiatives Governor Snyder to hold economic conference in Detroit http://wkar.org/post/governor-snyder-hold-economic-conference-detroit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Governor Rick Snyder</a> calls his “Governor’s Economic Summit," which begins today in Detroit, a “centerpiece event” for 2013. &nbsp;Over the next day and a half at Cobo Center, &nbsp;the Governor is bringing together private sector employers and workforce developers to determine Michigan’s future hiring needs. &nbsp;He plans a follow-up summit with educators in April to align the effort. Governor Snyder shares more details.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:40:42 +0000 Current State 32854 at http://wkar.org Leaders of Michigan cities seek more revenue sharing http://wkar.org/post/leaders-michigan-cities-seek-more-revenue-sharing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since 2000, Michigan's state government has cut a total of $4.2 billion of revenue sharing with municipalities. &nbsp; With lawmakers at work on the next state budget, and with a modest surplus projected, advocates for Michigan’s cities and towns are pleading for an increase in revenue. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This afternoon, many of those advocates will meet at the Lansing office of <a href="http://www.mml.org/home.html">the Michigan Municipal League</a> to make some noise. </span></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:38:16 +0000 Current State 32853 at http://wkar.org Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock http://wkar.org/post/lansing-business-news-mlives-angela-wittrock-3 <p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:35:27 +0000 Current State 32489 at http://wkar.org Michigan Economic Center report surveys attitudes toward public spending http://wkar.org/post/michigan-economic-center-report-surveys-attitudes-toward-public-spending <p></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:00:47 +0000 Mark Bashore 31534 at http://wkar.org Michigan Economic Center report surveys attitudes toward public spending MSU economist Charles Ballard on the Michigan economy, minimum wage debate http://wkar.org/post/msu-economist-charles-ballard-michigan-economy-minimum-wage-debate <p></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:31:49 +0000 Mark Bashore 31223 at http://wkar.org Business Leaders for Michigan outline priorities for 2013 http://wkar.org/post/business-leaders-michigan-outline-priorities-2013 <p></p><p></p><p>The organization <a href="http://www.businessleadersformichigan.com/">Business Leaders for Michigan</a> calls itself the state’s “business roundtable.” &nbsp;It’s comprised of the top executives of Michigan’s largest corporations and universities. The organization develops strategy and advocates policy that its members believe can grow the state’s economy. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:55:51 +0000 Mark Bashore 31073 at http://wkar.org Business Leaders for Michigan outline priorities for 2013 State's Jobless Rate Dropped By 1 Point Over Past 12 Months http://wkar.org/post/states-jobless-rate-dropped-1-point-over-past-12-months <p>Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped in September for the first time in six months. The decline was a very slight one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.3%.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 22:15:55 +0000 Rick Pluta 25553 at http://wkar.org State's Jobless Rate Dropped By 1 Point Over Past 12 Months Snyder: Bond Agencies Eyeing Ballot Initiatives http://wkar.org/post/snyder-bond-agencies-eyeing-ballot-initiatives <p>Gov. Rick Snyder says bond rating agencies are keeping an eye on what happens with ballot proposals before Michigan voters next month.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:16:10 +0000 The Associated Press 25335 at http://wkar.org Snyder: Bond Agencies Eyeing Ballot Initiatives MI Jobless Rate Inches Higher http://wkar.org/post/mi-jobless-rate-inches-higher <p>Michigan’s unemployment rate rose in August.</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 22:26:54 +0000 Steve Carmody 24177 at http://wkar.org MI Jobless Rate Inches Higher