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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation touts itself as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism, incentives and overall economic growth.
Michael Finney is the President and CEO of MEDC. He came to the organization after holding a key economic development position as head of the Ann Arbor Spark. Finney joins Current State to discuss MEDC and Michigan’s larger economic picture.
This month, the Vermont-based local food advocacy group "Strolling of the Heifers" released its second annual Locavore Index. The index ranks states based on their commitment to local food. Michigan earned a spot at # 22 on the list.
Dan Kildee began his electoral career in 1977 as the Flint Board of Education’s youngest ever committee member. He was 17 years old. That was followed by long tenures on the Genesee county board of commissioners and as county treasurer.
Last week, Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee said he supports a “Marshall Plan” for U.S. cities that are struggling to get back on their feet. The Flint Democrat says some cities need help transitioning to the “new economy.” Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with Kildee on his plan, the challenges facing Flint and Saginaw, and deficit reduction.
Governor Rick Snyder calls his “Governor’s Economic Summit," which begins today in Detroit, a “centerpiece event” for 2013. Over the next day and a half at Cobo Center, the Governor is bringing together private sector employers and workforce developers to determine Michigan’s future hiring needs. He plans a follow-up summit with educators in April to align the effort. Governor Snyder shares more details.
Since 2000, Michigan's state government has cut a total of $4.2 billion of revenue sharing with municipalities. With lawmakers at work on the next state budget, and with a modest surplus projected, advocates for Michigan’s cities and towns are pleading for an increase in revenue. This afternoon, many of those advocates will meet at the Lansing office of the Michigan Municipal League to make some noise.
MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. This week, she and Mark delve into Governor Snyder's plans for an economic summit next week in Detroit.
Today on Current State: State Representative Tom Cochran, the Michigan-made Quadski debuts at the Detroit Boat Show, the Michigan Economic Center's recent survey on attitudes toward public spending, local moms join national movement on gun control, and the New York Philharmonic at Hill Auditorium.
The Michigan Economic Center has released the results of a new survey with some attention-getting numbers in it. The MEC’s “Michigan Dream Restored” project studied attitudes toward “public goods” -- all the things that our tax dollars pay for -- and asked hundreds of Michigan residents how important those public goods actually are in terms of stimulating the Michigan economy.
President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage this week in his State of the Union Address. Michigan legislative Democrats followed up with their own calls for an increase. Republicans at all levels say an increase would be a job-killer.
The organization Business Leaders for Michigan calls itself the state’s “business roundtable.” It’s comprised of the top executives of Michigan’s largest corporations and universities. The organization develops strategy and advocates policy that its members believe can grow the state’s economy.
Today on Current State: Newly elected 68th District Representative Andy Schor, Neighbors in Action features literacy non-profit Lansing RIF, a new report about arts in Michigan's economy, state leaders outline new initiatives for Michigan veterans, and remembering the old Stroh's Brewery.
The three national ratings agencies have awarded their highest scores to bonds Michigan is selling to pay off federal loans used to cover unemployment benefits during the recession when the state's unemployment fund ran dry.