michigan economy

Economy
11:12 am
Mon December 8, 2014

MI retailers push for sales tax fairness

Many online retailers, like Amazon, don't collect the state sales tax from customers in Michigan.
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Last week we learned that e-commerce sales on Cyber Monday 2014 topped $2-billion. That’s up more than 15-percent over last year. Big box giant Walmart and online powerhouse Amazon saw sizeable surges in their bottom lines. But the reports are not welcome news for everyone, including traditional brick and mortar retailers in Michigan.

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Economy
10:57 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Advocates say homelessness shouldn't be a crime

Eric Hufnagel is executive director of the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness
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A group of pastors and volunteers for a local non-profit in Ft. Lauderdale are facing jail time and hundreds of dollars in fine after a run-in with police last week. Their crime? Passing out food to the homeless in a city park. Advocates for the homeless says these kinds of ordinances are part of a larger trend of cities criminalizing the activities of homeless people. Here in Michigan, a number of cities have ordinances restricting vagrancy and panhandling.

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Economy
1:26 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Distressed Detroit houses: prices low, strings attached

Building Detroit is auctioning this home on Rutland Street today. The program is selling two houses in the city every day for prices starting at $1,000.
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One of the biggest challenges faced by new Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is the poor condition of thousands of houses in the city. People won’t choose to live in a city where they can’t get a decent house. The Detroit Land Bank Authority hopes a new system of auctioning off vacant houses will spur a wave of movement into the city. It’s called “Building Detroit”.

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Economy
12:46 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

State cuts to food assistance felt in Lansing

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The new fiscal year begins Wednesday here in Michigan and for the federal government. It’s the first day that low-income households can apply for home heating assistance funds.

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Economy
12:37 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The numbers behind Michigan's incomplete comeback

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Are we truly a Comeback State? Just how much can a governor influence the economy? The Citizens Research Council, an independent, non-partisan research organization that analyzes public policy questions, recently analyzed data to try to answer these questions.

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Economy
12:32 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Michigan vineyards stressed by cool, wet weather

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Strange weather in Michigan continues to affect various kinds of agriculture. Current State’s Melissa Benmark has been checking into the effects of a hard winter and a cool summer on the wine industry in the state.

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Economy
11:43 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Lansing affordable housing advocates unveil five-year plan

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Federal officials consider housing “affordable” when it costs less than 30-percent of its residents’ income. By that measure, affordable housing is outside the reach of more than 60,000 families in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As of this morning, there’s a new game plan for to increase quality, affordable housing in the Lansing area.

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Environment
12:22 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

MSU breakthrough opens new window on solar energy

MSU researcher Richard Lunt
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When we think of capturing solar energy, we often think of the large, clunky panels on rooftops that are expensive and inefficient. But what if your windows could capture the energy of the sunlight as it passes through them to help run your coffee maker or heat your house in the winter?

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Economy
11:44 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Ingham home auction offers look at local housing economy

The housing market in Michigan is much healthier today than it was four years ago.  Foreclosure rates have been declining in that time, though there was a slight uptick in filings in July.

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Economy
12:40 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Do corporate tax incentives boost Michigan's economy?

David Bieri is assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His main research and teaching interests are at the intersection of urban planning and real estate economics, public finance and economic geography.
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Last week, General Motors announced plans to expand its Delta Township plant and requested a 50% tax break over 12 years from the Lansing City Council. Similarly, the new logistics center at General Motor’s Grand River plant that just started construction that comes with a $4-million tax break.

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Economy
1:37 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Between pensions and police: Flint faces financial situation

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In Flint, city leaders and residents continue to struggle with serious fiscal challenges. Lately, the focus of the debate has been over whether city services or benefits for municipal retirees is more important.

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Politics & Government
1:23 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

GOP candidates for 69th share economic priorities

Frank Lambert (left) and George Nastas III (right) are competing in the republican primary to represent Michigan's 69th district.
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Michigan’s 69th House district covers parts of the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, as well as Meridian and Williamston Townships. It’s one of the state’s most culturally diverse political districts and historically, the 69th has leaned Democratic.

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Economy
12:34 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Report alleges disinvestment is costing Michigan

The new report opposes the images of "Pure Michigan," drawing attention to some of the harsh realities faced by many.
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“We still have miles to go to rebuild Michigan after years of neglect.” That sentence reflects the findings of a new report from the Michigan Economic Center at the Prima Civitas Foundation.

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Politics & Government
2:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Could Michigan learn from Minnesota's high tax success?

Minnesota's gas tax formula differs from Michigan's.
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As Michigan works to recover from the economic downturn and the decline in its manufacturing base, there have been plenty of debates over which policies will set Michigan on a long-term path toward more prosperity.

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Business
12:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Michigan brewer part of mead "renaissance"

One of the offerings from the B. Nektar Meadery, Kill All the Golfers.
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Michigan is quietly carving out a place in the world of mead. Mead is an alcoholic beverage brewed from honey. Just like wine, it can be sweet or dry. It can be carbonated or still.

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Economy
1:03 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Lawsuit triggers threat of Flint bankruptcy

Flint struggles with new lawsuit that may end in bankruptcy.
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Flint is renowned as the birthplace of General Motors and for the prosperity it once enjoyed as “Vehicle City.” More recently, that success has been overshadowed by troubles that have trailed the decline of auto manufacturing such as population loss, blight, crime, drugs, and debt.

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Politics & Government
11:28 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Report suggests Michigan tax cuts have hampered prosperity

Michigan ranks 49th in the country in terms of the percentage of state and local taxes paid by business.
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A recent report casts doubt on the impact of two decades of tax-cutting in Michigan. It suggests that the resulting cuts in public revenue have seriously prevented greater prosperity.

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Politics & Government
2:05 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

With soaring costs, Michigan struggles to control prison spending

Michigan has around 43-thousand prisoners in its state system. They reside in 31 state prisons and affiliated health care facilities.
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A host of challenges associated with Michigan’s prison system make corrections one of the state’s biggest and most persistent issues. No discussion of Michigan corrections lasts long without the topic of its dollar cost coming up.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:58 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Kids survey: Abuse, neglect and hunger up in Ingham County

A sharply growing percentage of Ingham County children appear to be victims of abuse and neglect.  And five years after the great recession, more children in Ingham County remain eligible for food assistance than the statewide average.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Current State #195 | November 5, 2013

Today on Current State: the history behind Michigan women’s suffrage; election fatigue; Michigan’s blue economy; local hard cider; and the MSU 360-24 project.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Incoming State Treasurer prepares for new role

Gov. Rick Snyder has chosen Kevin Clinton to replace Andy Dillon as state Treasurer.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has tapped the state's top financial and insurance regulator to become its next Treasurer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:48 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Under oath, governor responds to union’s Detroit bankruptcy questions

Gov. Snyder was expected to be asked, among other things, why he did not prohibit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr from exempting pensions from cuts in addressing Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
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For three hours yesterday, attorneys representing influential Michigan labor unions and others had a chance to question Gov. Rick Snyder under oath about events leading up to his July decision to authorize bankruptcy for the city of Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Current State #162 | September 19, 2013

 Today on Current State: Update on fiscal conditions in Detroit and other U.S. cities; Lansing's historical Knapp's building renovation; MSU Theatre's production of "Widows"; Michigan native on her goal to make it to Mars; and Lansing Makers Network takes over city landmark. 

Radio Made in Michigan
12:49 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

In Detroit, scholar updates fiscal conditions of key U.S. cities

Frank Shafroth will be releasing paper updating the fiscal challenges facing not only Detroit, but five other cities as well.
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 Back in July when state officials filed for federal bankruptcy protection for Detroit,  worries spiked about other fiscally troubled U.S. cities.    Frank Shaforth is keeping an eye on several of those cities. Shafroth is a noted municipal finance expert coming to Detroit tomorrow to participate in the Michigan Municipal League’s annual meeting.    Mr. Shafroth is a Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Radio Made in Michigan
10:16 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Jones Soda honors Michigan with new line

 

Credit Courtesy of Jones SodaMichigan was one of the strongest markets for Jones Soda after its founding.Edit | Remove

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Michigan's migrant and seasonal worker population sees growth

Michigan's Fruit Belt hugs the west side of the state along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Much of the seasonal worker population is in that part of the state.
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Michigan's signature cherry crop, among other agricultural state staples, depend heavily on thousands of migrant workers each year.  Even after a killing frost destroyed much of the crop in 2012, a new report shows Michigan's migrant and seasonal farm population is growing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:43 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Sequestration's potential impact on Michigan workers

About 500,000 manufacturing jobs were lost in Michigan during the recession.
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In a recent opinion piece in the Lansing State Journal CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works Doug Stites wrote that the 20%  funding cuts to his agency come at a critical time when efforts to retrain Michigan workers for in-demand jobs is extremely important.  At the same time, a number of taxpayers are skeptical of the publicly funded agency's work.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Michigan's export market ripe for exploration

According to Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Canada is the largest destination for Michigan exports. Mexico, China, Germany and Japan also rank among the state's top five export markets.
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Exports are big business in Michigan. In 2012, $53 billion, which is about 15 percent of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), was attributed to the state’s export economy. And that’s up 12 percent from 2011.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:23 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

From Mackinac, Gov. Rick Snyder discusses education, economy

Gov. Rick Snyder speaks with Current State's host Mark Bashore from 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference.
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Today is the final day of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference.  Michigan education and the economy have dominated the sessions.  

From the island, Gov. Rick Snyder shares his thoughts on the issues discussed at the annual gathering.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Current State #78 | May 1, 2013

Today on Current State: Ingham County Chief District Judge talks Indigent Defense ; the Lansing Information Technology Empowerment Center; Michael Finney from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and re-imagining the Grand River corridor.

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