michigan economy

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You might enjoy taking selfies, but how about a financial selfie? We talk to a Michigan financial professional who explains the four steps to organizing your finances.


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Katie Cook / WKAR

Southwest Lansing was recently awarded a grant to put toward projects that would better the neighborhoods in the area. We speak with the people behind Rejuvenating South Lansing.


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Some Meridian Township residents and businesses are speaking out against a proposal to build a Bus Rapid Transit system extending to Okemos. We speak with two opponents of the BRT proposal.


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Renowned futurist Brian David Johnson is in Michigan speaking to policymakers at the Mackinac Policy Conference. We talk with Johnson about futurecasting and how he feels about Michigan’s future.


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A $133-million proposal would turn CATA’s Route 1 into a Bus Rapid Transit line. Current State talks with Deb Alexander, Assistant Executive Director of the Capital Area Transportation Authority.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing has been experiencing population growth in recent years, but what are the reasons, and how can we do better and attract more talent? We explore these questions with Eric Dimoff, Director of Marketing and Communications at Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Sell, founder of Lansing 5:01.


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Mark Bashore / WKAR

The cornucopia of stuff left at MSU after students leave for the summer includes  bikes, furniture, clothes, food and carpeting. We visit the MSU Surplus Store to assess the haul.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

An Australian man has come forward as the creator of the online currency Bitcoin. Current State talks with David Smith, the founder of Startup Grind Lansing and an avid proponent of Bitcoin, about the story and how Bitcoin is being used in Michigan.


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A new study has found Michigan will feel an economic squeeze if and when the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is implemented. We look at that and other findings in the study with analyst Traci Taylor of East Lansing’s Anderson Economic Group.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

MSU forecasters say tourism in Michigan should be strong in the 2016 season after a good 2015. We break down the numbers with Associate Professors Sarah Nicolls and Dan McCole of the Dept of Community Sustainability.


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On March 28, 1941, a small army of construction workers began clearing a five-square mile patch of land near Ypsilanti. The Willow Run bomber plant was the largest aircraft manufacturing facility ever built. Now, 75 years later, Willow Run’s proud legacy of innovation continues.


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Current State talks with Frank Altman of the Community Reinvestment Fund about the Detroit Home Mortgage Program.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

How do Michigan residents feel about the economy and President Obama these days? Hundreds of Michigan residents shared their views for the latest State of the State survey.  We look over the results with survey director Charles Ballard and Matt Grossmann of MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.


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Analysts are forecasting Michigan’s six-year economic upswing will continue in 2016, but not as noticeably as in recent years. Matt Dolan of the Detroit Free Press spoke with those analysts and shares some details.


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After nearly a decade of historically low interest rates, the Federal Reserve is tapping ever so slightly on the economic gas pedal. The Fed’s one-quarter percent rate hike is designed to head off inflation. We talk with MSU economist Charley Ballard and Community Bankers of Michigan general counsel Michael Kus about the implications of the interest rate hike for Michigan.


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