Michigan's jobless rate fell slightly in February to its lowest point since last summer. Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports that it appears job losses have stabilized, at least for now.
AUDIO: Economists at the state Department of Labor and Economic Growth say the new unemployment rate of 14.1% is still well above the national average. But it reflects a leveling off of job losses, especially in construction and manufacturing.
A measure to alter how Michigan pays for state parks and recreation areas is on its way to Governor Granholm. The $24 annual window sticker fee will be retired after the governor signs the bill. Instead, drivers will be asked to contribute $10 to the state parks fund when they renew their license registrations. Drivers who pay the fee will get a sticker for their license plates, which will allow them into to state parks, recreation areas, and boat launches.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation officials have acknowledged missteps in awarding a $9-million tax credit to a convicted embezzler. Legislative hearings on the embarrassment for the state's job-creation program opened Tuesday.