Items Tagged with 'michigan'


Legislators really need that summer break

May 27, 2016
Michigan legislators are two weeks away from summer recess, a time given to patriotic parades and town hall meetings, with the Mackinac Policy Conference this weekend serving as the unofficial start to the politicking season of national party conventions and fall elections — already unlike any in recent history. Read More

Street Talk: Down the drain

Call to action.

April 22, 2016
Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval ratings plummeted in the wake of the Flint water crisis, and Michiganders now consider city infrastructure the state’s biggest problem, according to Michigan State University’s latest State of the State Survey. Read More

National housing report lists three Michigan cities among top 10

April 4, 2016
The U.S. housing market is still healthy — especially in Michigan. Read More

Michigan begins to crumble for lack of oversight, accountability (the bill is in the mail)

February 26, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal is reporting on The Education Trust-Midwest study, “Accountability for All: 2016,” which shows 80 percent of Michigan charter schools performed below the state average for academic achievement in both math and reading. Read More

Retailers project modest sales growth for rest of this year

February 26, 2016
Despite a slow start in January, Michigan retailers are forecasting sales growth averaging 2 percent in 2016, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index survey, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

PPT reform: Three exemptions and new tax could equal savings

February 5, 2016
If you do the math, changes to Michigan’s personal property tax could add up to new savings for most business taxpayers. Read More

All Michigan taxpayers now shoulder responsibility for Flint and Detroit

January 15, 2016
West Michigan has long been especially prideful of regional economic successes prompting growth in what is still Michigan’s second largest city. Read More

A $2B health care tax increase? Let’s find a better solution

January 15, 2016
Health care costs will rise for employers and individual purchasers if the Michigan Legislature passes a proposed $2 billion health care tax increase later this year. Read More

Switch will test region, state’s abilities — especially in educational attainment

January 1, 2016
Brian Long takes a decidedly conservative view of the regional economy as director of supply management research at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business. Read More

Michigan’s minimum wage rises

January 1, 2016
Michigan workers making the minimum wage are getting a 35-cents-an-hour raise. Read More