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County could opt in to DDA tax capture districts

Development agency offers Kent County a 10 percent gain-sharing opportunity.

January 20, 2017
For the first time in more than 20 years, Kent County might not opt out of Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority tax capture districts. Read More

Michigan raises minimum wage

January 20, 2017
| By AP
LANSING — Michigan workers who make the minimum wage are seeing a 40-cents-an-hour raise. Read More

Trade commission rules on washer 'dumping' case

January 18, 2017
An appliance maker in the region has been vindicated again in its claims that competitors were participating in unlawful “dumping” practices. Read More

Betsy DeVos defends school choice when public schools fail

January 18, 2017
WASHINGTON — Education secretary pick Betsy DeVos said yesterday that American parents must be able to send their children to high-quality schools, including charter, magnet and religious schools, if public schools are failing. Read More

Snyder delivers State of the State

January 18, 2017
LANSING — Governor Rick Snyder touted yesterday Michigan's Medicaid expansion and called for addressing aging infrastructure over the next several decades, citing the Flint water crisis that has roiled his administration and a football field-sized sinkhole that formed recently in suburban Detroit. Read More

Employment attorney: 2017 holds much uncertainty

Miller Canfield lawyer says Trump administration may reverse employee-centric legislation of the past eight years.

January 6, 2017
Labor laws. Pro-employee versus pro-business regulations. Immigration. LGBT rights. Marijuana legislation: These are some of the major legislative issues in play as the country transitions into a new presidential administration. Read More

West Michigan US attorney resigns

January 5, 2017
A local U.S. attorney has announced his departure from office at the close of the Obama administration. Read More

State prohibits local plastic bag regulations

January 4, 2017
| By AP
LANSING — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation to prohibit Michigan communities from regulating plastic shopping bags. Read More

Grand Rapids finalizing parks and recreation master plan

January 2, 2017
The Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation department will host two back-to-back meetings on Jan. 12 to present its new 2017-2021 Strategic Master Plan. Read More

Business taxes: Due date changes and fringe-benefits reminder

December 30, 2016
As the calendar year changes, there are a few important tax return due date changes that should be on your radar, and we want to remind you of a few fringe-benefit reporting requirements. Read More