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Kent County requests bids for downtown building

July 1, 2015
Kent County has put a downtown building up for sale after identifying it is not being used to its fullest potential. Read More

State approves Kent County airport authority

July 1, 2015
| By AP
A bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder is letting Kent County move forward with creating a regional airport authority to run Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Read More

Maximizing tax deductions in your charitable giving

June 30, 2015
Grand Rapids is known for philanthropy and giving back to the community. Read More

The welfare queen myth

June 30, 2015
David Graham recently wrote for The Atlantic in “The True Face of Medicare Fraud” (June 19, 2015) that the people most likely to bilk the system are doctors and medical providers, not “welfare queens.” Read More

Meijer store earns Michigan Historical Marker

June 29, 2015
The state has marked one Meijer store’s place in history. Read More

Planning the Michigan marijuana industry

Three groups have competing ideas for a legal pot industry in the state.

June 26, 2015
Three organizations — only one of which is revealing its financial backers at this point — claim to be working on plans for the commercialization of fully legalized recreational marijuana in Michigan. Read More

Researchers digging through Michigan trash bags

They hope to get a better handle on the composition of waste and how to recycle it.

June 26, 2015
A group of researchers has been digging through trash bags across Michigan this summer in an effort to gather information about what is being thrown away. Read More

‘Payday’ loans aren’t loans under Michigan law

They are not subject to the legal limits on loan interest rates in Michigan.

June 26, 2015
The so-called payday lenders in Michigan are subject to state law and regulated by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, but they are not subject to the legal maximum interest rates established by state law. Read More

Attorney General claims Western Sky borrowers due refunds

Approximately 17,500 in Michigan borrowed from the online lender at interest as high as 300 percent.

June 26, 2015
Michigan’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services is asking the Michigan Credit Union League and other trade associations in the Michigan financial sector to help make sure their members know about refunds that may be due them from Western Sky Financial LLC. Read More

Joint liability found in H2A grower/contractor relationship

When there are problems, DOL frequently goes after both parties.

June 26, 2015
While working with an H2A labor contractor to obtain foreign migrant workers can be beneficial for growers in terms of easing costs and liability, it doesn’t waylay all risks for the grower, particularly if the labor contractor isn’t following all of the rules and regulations outlined by the U.S. Department of Labor. Read More