Editorial

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The state shell game with tax funds is nuts

February 20, 2015
A pall was cast on the beginning of Gov. Rick Snyder’s second term with the announcement from State Budget Director John Roberts revealing the state was $289 million short of projections in the current budget and $527 million below expectations for next year. Read More

Public trust is a currency earned, mistrust is a reversal of value

February 13, 2015
Every profession has a formal set of ethics, and every business owner desires to be known for ethical practices. Read More

The face of Grand Rapids has yet to change

February 6, 2015
West Michigan businesses are increasingly entrenched in the battle for talent and recruitment competition. Read More

City has little time to ponder what is already done

January 30, 2015
“The $1 billion in investments has changed the Michigan Street corridor persona to the Medical Mile and changed the face of several neighborhoods, especially as continued investment currently in discussion jumps north of the I-196 Ford Freeway.” Read More

Black-owned business numbers and mentors offer prescription for report

January 23, 2015
Grand Rapids’ second-to-last ranking by Forbes.com regarding economic conditions for African-Americans was a “shock wave” in the city, unless you happen to be African-American. Read More

Heartwell’s call for additional climate action by private sector sets new bar

January 17, 2015
Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell outlined his priorities for the city in his annual — and last — address, once again challenging both the private and public sectors to accomplish new objectives related to environmental preservation issues. Read More

Less competition cited as reason for dramatic health cost increases

January 9, 2015
For decades employers in West Michigan have enjoyed lower costs for health care than peers anywhere in Michigan and generally across the United States. Read More

Arts and sports fuel GR area’s economic growth

January 2, 2015
Best wishes for the New Year do not ring hollow as 2015 dawns, and that may be especially true for the West Michigan region. Read More

Snyder’s ‘talent agency’ critical for continued business growth

December 26, 2014
The Business Journal review of 2014 business and economic activity is distinctive in the publication’s 32-year history for the diverse business sectors represented and the depth or strength of growth. Read More

Improve Michigan’s education outcomes and systems

December 19, 2014
Year-end statistical analysis and 2015 projections certainly provide good news for merrymaking, but it may be short-lived rather than a “new era” of prosperity. Read More