Street Talk

A casual, and sometimes cutting, roundup of what's being said around town.

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Street Talk: Everybody's girding up for new winter woes

Shot in the dark.

November 14, 2014
The worst winter in 40 years seems like it just ended, but already this year’s blast is making its presence felt. Read More

Street Talk: Carrying a torch for trust and ethics

Potty training.

November 7, 2014
Honesty will still get you somewhere in West Michigan. Read More

Street Talk: 13 might be a lucky number

Across the board.

October 31, 2014
In its annual report on the state business tax climate across the U.S., the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., has declared that Michigan has the 13th best tax climate and recognized Gov. Rick Snyder as one of the leading advocates for a “smarter tax policy.” Read More

Street Talk: Gas tax survey reveals public’s misconceptions

The Source.

October 24, 2014
A recent survey regarding the ongoing road funding issue showcased the public’s support for increased investment — and clearly demonstrated the vast misconceptions surrounding Michigan gas taxes. Read More

Street Talk: The parable of Noah as a 21st century contractor

Ford after 40.

October 17, 2014
Where several contractors are gathered, jokes are sure to follow. Read More

Street Talk: The happy and scary of government finances

Street legal.

October 10, 2014
Kent County Administrator/Controller Daryl Delabbio is recommending a 2015 budget for both operating and capital needs that calls for a total expenditure of $363.9 million, a 1.7 percent increase over the budget set for 2014. Read More

Street Talk: Funny things happened at the Forum

Beer cart.

October 3, 2014
The West Michigan Policy Forum had a major cause for joy when it convened this year: Since the last Forum two years ago, the state government enacted right-to-work legislation in Michigan. Read More

Street Talk: The CON game is afoot

Security insecurity.

September 26, 2014
While a new attack on the Michigan Certificate of Need was waged again last week on behalf of the twice-rejected attempt by McLaren Health of Pontiac for a fancy tower in affluent Clarkston (see Comment on page 12), one notable cost containment advocate was missing. Read More

Street Talk: Is this a transit town? Let's hear the stories

Tutu much.

September 19, 2014
Much has been made about the new Silver Line and The Rapid’s quest for a sister operation called the Laker Line. Read More

Street Talk: Where’s the bubble and when will it burst?

Not so funny.

September 12, 2014
Who can forget the U.S. real estate bubble that burst a few years ago and nearly blew up the world economy? Before that, there was a crazy run-up in value of almost anything to do with the Internet, culminating in the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2002. Read More