michigan economy

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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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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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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.

Report: MI lags in knowledge-based economy

Dec 10, 2015
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A new report indicates that Michigan is a low-prosperity state, and that isn't likely to change unless adjustments are made. Current State speaks with Lou Glazer of Michigan Future.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Caring for the poor and hungry is a natural impulse for many people around the holidays. Food banks tend to be busy in December, moving product in and out. Here in mid-Michigan, the Greater Lansing Food Bank is confronting an issue facing many others across the country: more demand, yet fewer donations. Current State's Kevin Lavery speaks with executive director Joe Wald.

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Lansing has had another strong year in terms of tourism for the region. Will 2016 likely be as strong? In other business news, Michigan legislators are taking a close look at the property taxation of big-box stores like Home Depot and Wal-Mart. We get an update on these and other local business issues with Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly.

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In Mason, a favorite store has reopened after being closed to repair damage after a fire this summer. Current State’s Scott Pohl takes us to Kean’s to see what’s the same, and what’s new, at the downtown landmark.

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Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released economic data covering 2014. One Lansing policy analyst says it shows recent improvement in some key benchmarks, including median household income. We talk with Peter Ruark, a policy analyst from the Michigan League for Public Policy.

The United Auto Workers Union has decided to target Fiat/Chrysler in their current round of talks with Detroit's Big Three automakers. Current State talks with Daniel Howes about the negotiations and other topics he's writing about for the Detroit  News.

MSU prof traces MI’s shrinking middle class

Sep 10, 2015
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Scott Pohl / WKAR

“America’s disappearing middle class” is probably a term you’ve heard thrown around in the news lately. But what does that actually mean? We talk to MSU economist Charley Ballard about how the middle class is faring here in Michigan and what its future looks like.

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Leaders of the Lansing City Market say it's about to enter another phase, with more vendors and more attractions, and they say they hope to announce a deal soon with a new anchor tenant. Current State talks with the market's new director, Audrey Tipper, and the CEO of the Lansing Public Entertainment and Facilities Authority, Scott Keith.