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Is it a business or a hobby?

September 30, 2016
Is your “business” not really a business, but just a hobby in the eyes of the IRS? Read More

Kent County administrator and controller announces retirement

September 29, 2016
Long-time Kent County Administrator and Controller Daryl Delabbio is retiring. Read More

Free the food trucks

September 29, 2016
The clock hits 11:45 a.m. and your stomach starts to rumble. You remember that, in your morning shuffle, you neglected to pack a lunch and your current craving is a meal on wheels. Thankfully, due to the PILOT Mobile Food Business Ordinance — a new two-year pilot program — your dream is now a reality. Read More

West Michigan Policy Forum ranks policy initiatives

September 27, 2016
After concluding a full-day conference downtown, members of the West Michigan Policy Forum voted on the top five “pro-business” policy priorities for the state to address. Read More

Grant helps homeless veterans

September 26, 2016
A federal grant will provide assistance to help end veteran homelessness in the community. Read More

Survey rips into education

Budget cuts, pay freezes leave teachers feeling undervalued, underappreciated.

September 23, 2016
Years of budget cuts, pay freezes and other statewide cost-cutting measures at schools throughout Michigan have schoolteachers feeling undervalued and underappreciated, according to a joint survey from the Michigan Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers Michigan. Read More

Medical marijuana industry likely to expand

Bills would legalize provisioning centers, non-smokable forms of drug.

September 23, 2016
Three bills signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Sept. 21 likely will grow Michigan’s medical marijuana industry substantially and could contribute millions in revenue for the state. Read More

Suppliers and utilities still at odds

Proposed energy bills could greatly affect state’s electric choice market.

September 23, 2016
Michigan still is awaiting an energy plan, and an announcement last week by Gov. Rick Snyder that discussions between the State of Michigan and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator have produced “a framework that facilitates a state approach for establishing adequate electrical resources to meet reliability requirements,” isn’t putting everyone at ease. Read More

State creates public threat alert system

September 22, 2016
| By AP
LANSING — Michigan's new Amber Alert-like system to quickly warn people of mass shootings, terrorist attacks and other nearby threats is operational. Read More

Report: University tuition in Michigan is 6th highest in US

September 21, 2016
| By AP
Michigan's public universities collectively have the sixth-highest in-state tuition rates in the country, averaging $11,991, according to a report. Read More