City hall, county government and the state legislature


SBDC to offer online class for start-ups

Anyone can sign up but only Michigan residents get personal consultant.

January 30, 2015
The Michigan Small Business Development Center, located at Grand Valley State University, is launching a new program called Start Smart Online. Read More

Local real estate agents are familiar with radon testing

January 30, 2015
Public health officials in Lansing and in Kent County — as well as Gov. Rick Snyder — take the threat of radon gas very seriously and urge people to test for its presence in their homes. Read More

Auditors raise concerns about State Surplus inventory tracking

Online auction site is agency’s biggest moneymaker.

January 30, 2015
LANSING — The D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette was looking to unload a Chevy transport van with a wheelchair lift. Read More

Brick-and-mortar businesses welcome online sales tax

Senate Fiscal Agency projects the law will bring in $50M in new revenue annually.

LANSING — Many businesses across Michigan will benefit from a new law that subjects online retailers such as Amazon and to the same 6 percent sales tax that “brick-and-mortar” businesses collect from consumers. Read More

Less state money for mandates makes counties pay

LANSING — Michigan is requiring Kent County to increase public health counseling with no additional state funding. Read More

Panel wants airport authority details amended

A few issues, particularly the size of the authority board, need to be resolved.

January 30, 2015
A committee of the Kent County Board of Commissioners has postponed for two weeks its approval of a 64-page draft document that will spell out key details of the proposed airport authority that would take over operation of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Read More

Small employer survey measures ACA impact

Many small firms say they plan to stop offering health insurance by 2016.

January 30, 2015
A number of small business employers in West and Southwest Michigan are looking at discontinuing their health insurance plans, as alternative options for employees and premiums for firms increase. Read More

Corridor draws city planners’ attention

Medical Mile’s growing pains are at center of proposal.

January 30, 2015
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) The Michigan Street Corridor has seen $1 billion worth of development in the past decade, and if projections are correct, the area — also known as the Medical Mile — will see millions of dollars more in development over the course of the next decade. Read More

Grand Rapids names director of parks and recreation

January 30, 2015
The Grand Rapids City Commission has welcomed the city’s new director of the Parks & Recreation Department. Read More

State inspector golfs into fraud charge

January 30, 2015
| By AP
A state elevator inspector who likes to play golf is in the rough. Read More