michigan economy

Greater Lansing Food Bank photo
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.


Mickey Hirten photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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.


Kean's photo
Courtesy photo / Kean's store

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.


Peter Ruark photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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
Charley Ballard photo
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.


Lansing City Market photo
Courtesy photo / Lansing City Market

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.


Big box tax flap hits small MI town budgets

Aug 14, 2015
Menards sign photo
Mike Kalasnik / Flickr Creative Commons

Some small towns in Michigan are having budget problems related to large retailers appealing their property taxes. Current State talks with Bridge Magazine reporter Chastity Pratt Dawsey, who recently wrote about the situation.


American Airlines plane photo
James Willamor / Flickr Creative Commons

Sun Country Airlines operates flights from Lansing to Washington D.C., but the carrier is leaving town in October. Now, the biggest name in U.S. aviation is hoping to take over that market. Current State speaks with Bob Selig of the Capital Region Airport Authority.


Are the state’s small businesses healthy or hurting? And why? Current State speaks with Small Business Association of Michigan President and CEO Rob Fowler.


 Alicia Guevara Warren photo with Mark Bashore
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Unemployment in Michigan is at its lowest point in 14 years, but the state’s economic recovery hasn’t reached everyone yet. In fact, the number of children living in poverty has actually increased since the end of the Great Recession.


Amy Iezzoni photo
Courtesy MSU Department of Horticulture

MSU horticulture professor Amy Iezzoni explains the science behind the state’s cherry industry and her work to bring varieties from around the world to Michigan.


Lansing home demolition
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Ingham County officials are using a $6-million federal grant to remove more than 200 blighted homes around the city. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with county land bank executive director Jeff Burdick.


New report says Michigan short on walkable communities

Jul 2, 2015

A new report indicates that Michigan trails other states in making communities more walkable.


http://www.csus.msu.edu/

It’s the first week of June, soon school will be out of session, and the beaches are beckoning. Michigan is expecting a strong summer tourism season in 2015, as families plan trips to all manner of destinations across the Great Lakes State.

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