LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm and members of her administration say they need more tax credits to lure businesses to the state. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority has reached the limit of how many tax breaks it can give out this year.
Greg Main is the president of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He says that Michigan will lose business to other states without more credits.
DEARBORN, MI – Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder is the latest candidate to reveal plans to run for governor in Michigan in 2010.
The Republican announced his candidacy for governor at a press conference today at Dearborn's Greenfield Village and has scheduled a five-day statewide tour. He plans to visit Flint, Lansing and Grand Rapids later in the day.
LANSING, MI – The site of the former Chrysler Corp.'s headquarters in Highland Park is expected to become an automotive components plant in 2010.
The Michigan Economic Growth Authority on Tuesday approved $4.5 million in state tax incentives for auto supplier Magna International Inc. The state says up to 420 jobs could be created over five years at the facility.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan is working with an East Lansing nonprofit group to establish sites across the state where thermostats can be recycled free, helping keep mercury out of landfills and incinerators.
The state Department of Environmental Quality says it's awarding a $50,000 grant to East Lansing-based Urban Options to establish collection sites for home and commercial mercury thermostats.
Many older thermostats contain mercury switches and are being replaced with programmable thermostats to save energy and reduce heating costs.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she's not ready to endorse a proposal to put 400,000 public employees into a statewide health insurance pool. She says she's not convinced the plan will produce big savings. And she says it does nothing to get the state out from under its current budget crisis.
"State workers earn less than the private sector, and their benefits cost less than the private sector, with the latest round of consessions state employees have made," Granholm says. "State employees have made enormous concessions."
NEW YORK – The Detroit Shock's Katie Smith has been named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference team in the WNBA All-Star game. Her fellow reserves for Saturday's game in Connecticut include Jia Perkins of the Chicago Sky.