LANSING, MI – Michigan businesses and agencies have reported saving or creating about 400 jobs so far with the help of federal contracts tied to the federal stimulus package.
More than 30,000 jobs have been supported nationwide. Businesses in states including Colorado, Washington, Kentucky and Ohio reported far higher job retention numbers than Michigan, which has the nation's highest unemployment rate.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm met Thursday with legislative leaders. They reported little progress in ending a budget stalemate.
AUDIO: The governor will get the final budget bills next week, when she's expected to carry out her threat to veto many line items. The governor and Democrats want to restore funding for the Michigan Promise college scholarship, as well as funding for Medicaid and local governments.
LANSING, MI – Michigan lawmakers are agreeing to award more tax incentives for economic development this year, as long as the state reports the number of jobs created and retained by companies getting the tax credits.
The state Senate today overwhelmingly approved a package of four bills after reaching a compromise with the House and Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration. Granholm is expected to sign the legislation once the House finishes voting next week.
LANSING, MI – The state House has passed a bill that would lower the number of unpaid parking tickets drivers could have before they would not be able to renew their licenses. The number would go from six to three unpaid tickets.
State Representative Roy Schmidt says his hometown of Grand Rapids could use the half-million dollars it stands to collect in the first year under the legislation. And he says other cities could also use the money.
East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University's campus in Dubai is now in its second year of operation. Once regarded as the most prosperous economy in the Middle East, there's been a downturn in the United Arab Emirates...including Dubai.
WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke this week with Brendan Mullen, MSU-Dubai's executive director, during a return visit to East Lansing.
LANSING, MI – The state House and Senate may be close to approving more economic development tax credits designed to attract new businesses to Michigan.
The organization that hands out the incentives ran out of a year's worth of credits in six months. Lawmakers disagreed over whether to give the group more credits, and how to make sure they were being used wisely.