LANSING, MI – There's a showdown brewing at the state Capitol over how much to spend on the Pure Michigan tourism promotion campaign.
The state House tourism committee has approved spending 20 million dollars on the campaign and paying for it with a new tax on airport rental cars. But Senate Republicans have already said "no" to new taxes. State Senator Nancy Cassis says the Pure Michigan campaign can survive on less than half of what the House committee called for.
VIERA, FL – Top draft pick Stephen Strasburg has made his spring training debut for the Washington Nationals, pitching two scoreless innings in a 9-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
Starting for Washington, Strasburg threw 15 of his 27 pitches for strikes and allowed two hits, successive two-out singles by Don Kelly and Alex Avila in the second. But the right-hander finished off Brent Dlugach with a bending, 81 mile-per-hour breaking ball for an inning-ending strikeout.
DETROIT – Jarome Iginla and Rene Bourque scored 1:31 apart in the third period, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
The Flames moved into eighth place in the Western Conference and pushed Detroit to ninth.
Calgary's Daymond Langkow scored 5:18 into the second after a scoreless first. Pavel Datsyuk scored midway through the period to tie it, and Tomas Holmstrom had a power-play goal late in the period to put Detroit ahead.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's jobless rate remained stable in January. The January rate of 14.3 was a minuscule .2% point lower than the December rate. There were 693,000 thousand unemployed people looking for work in Michigan in January. When people who've given up looking or are working part-time are counted, the unemployment and under-employment rate in January was 21.9%.
LANSING, MI – A children's rights organization says Michigan has not made enough progress in fixing the state's foster care system. Children's Rights is giving the state 30 days to come up with a better improvement plan or it will go back to court.
LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says Michigan should follow the lead of North Dakota and open a state bank that could make low-interest loans to businesses and college students.
The Democratic gubernatorial candidate said Tuesday the state bank also could ease the foreclosure crisis by buying down mortgage portfolios held by smaller banks in Michigan and partner with other private banks.
The Bank of North Dakota is the nation's only state-owned bank, but politicians in several states are starting to think of copying the idea.