michigan economy

Jones Soda honors Michigan with new line

Aug 20, 2013


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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.

Sequestration's potential impact on Michigan workers

Aug 6, 2013
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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.

Michigan's export market ripe for exploration

Jun 10, 2013

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.

Courtesy of Michigan Governor Rick Snyer

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.

Current State #78 | May 1, 2013

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.

MEDC president on Michigan's economic future

May 1, 2013
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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. 

Building sustainable food systems in Michigan

Apr 30, 2013

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.


Congressman Dan Kildee on his lastest initiatives

Apr 1, 2013

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. 

Leaders of Michigan cities seek more revenue sharing

Mar 18, 2013

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.

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

Mar 11, 2013

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. 


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.

Courtesy of Business Leaders for Michigan

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.