Economy

Paid sick leave bills introduced by MI Democrats

Mar 2, 2017
Jim Ananich at podium
Michigan Senate Democrats

Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on: paid sick leave.

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State House Republicans are aggressively pushing through an income tax cut and rollback, despite numerous questions raised during a committee hearing about what funding cuts could happen in other areas if the bill passes.

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In 2015, Michigan ended a program that gave out millions of dollars in incentives to the film industry. That has meant a change of focus for the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office.


Snyder at lectern
WKAR-MSU

Education, public safety, and paying down the long term debt will be Gov. Rick Snyder’s top priorities when he unveils his 2018 budget today.

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Michigan House Democrats

Gov. Rick Snyder is going after Michigan’s mountain of unfunded retiree liabilities. He has created a task force to look into “responsible retirement reform.”

Honda Super Bowl Ad / Honda

Combine big names and the yearning for yesterday and what do you get? The number one Super Bowl ad, according to Michigan State University Department of Advertising professor of practice, Bob Kolt. A voice and face very familiar in the Honda spot was Lansing native and MSU's own, Magic Johnson. 


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

You still have a few days to save at tax time next year by acting before the end of 2016. WKAR's Scott Pohl gets some advice from Lansing accountant Matthew Latham.


Koelling with rows of live trees
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Tannenbaum Farms in Mason has been a fixture in mid-Michigan for 40 years. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with co-owner Mel Koelling about this year’s tree harvest.


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A Detroit non-profit is getting national attention with the innovative way they are caring for and employing the homeless. We find out about The Empowerment Plan.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

There’s a new CEO at Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport. We talk with Wayne Sieloff about his plans.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

A group working with Lansing’s homeless population is moving from a southside hotel to a new facility in Lansing Township. Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Mike Karl of the Homeless Angels about the move and what it means to people seeking shelter in the area.


EL Financial Team to recommend city income tax

Dec 2, 2016
East Lansing Financial Health Review Team photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The city of East Lansing faces a projected $100-million pension and retiree health care deficit. A financial health review team is getting ready to make recommendations to the city council about dealing with it and gaining a stronger financial footing. We talk with two members of the team.


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WKAR File Photo

The Michigan Farm Bureau is busy planning its  priorities for 2017. We talk with the bureau’s policy development chair, Andy Hagenow.


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Katie Cook / WKAR

The Capital Area IT Council and Capital Area Michigan Works are hosting a networking event for Michiganders returning for the Thanksgiving holiday. The event is called “Capital Comeback." We talk with an organizer and with a Michigander who moved away from the region and then moved back.


window within a door
Courtesy of Jack Bergstrom

Habitat for Humanity for the Capital Region has enlisted local artists to decorate doors for a fundraiser this week. We talk with event organizer Ben Rathbun and artist Jack Bergeron about the Door Jam.


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