michigan economy

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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Radio Made in Michigan
2:05 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

MEDC president on Michigan's economic future

Part of Michigan's economic picture is its growing tourism industry.
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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. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Building sustainable food systems in Michigan

Michigan boasts the second highest agricultural output in the U.S., just behind California. But one day, that may not be the case.
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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.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Congressman Dan Kildee on his lastest initiatives

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Governor Snyder to hold economic conference in Detroit

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. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Leaders of Michigan cities seek more revenue sharing

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:35 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

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. 

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Economy
4:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Michigan Economic Center report surveys attitudes toward public spending

John Austin discusses MEC's survey results about public spending.
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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.    

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Politics & Government
1:31 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

MSU economist Charles Ballard on the Michigan economy, minimum wage debate

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.

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Business
11:55 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Business Leaders for Michigan outline priorities for 2013

Doug Rothwell, CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, says transportation infrastructure is a priority for 2013.
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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.  

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

State's Jobless Rate Dropped By 1 Point Over Past 12 Months

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Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped in September for the first time in six months. The decline was a very slight one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.3%.

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Snyder: Bond Agencies Eyeing Ballot Initiatives

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Gov. Rick Snyder says bond rating agencies are keeping an eye on what happens with ballot proposals before Michigan voters next month.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

MI Jobless Rate Inches Higher

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Michigan’s unemployment rate rose in August.

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