Cities not benefiting from recession recovery

Adjusted for inflation, reports show total revenues for cities dropped about 12%.

January 3, 2020
Michigan cities suffered from declining revenues from 2002 to 2017, making them more vulnerable to the next recession, community leaders say. Read More

Corn, soybean farmers struggle with production, marketing

China’s losing half of its pig population to flu is another hit to the market.

January 3, 2020
Trade turbulence, wet weather and sick pigs have Michigan corn and soybean farmers struggling to raise a profit. Read More

Driverless shuttles gain steam in Michigan

Officials say riders’ greatest complaint is music to their ears.

December 27, 2019
After Michiganders tested the first wave of driverless buses, the greatest gripe was the lack of music. Read More

Robotics key to Michigan’s economy

State is a leader in making robots and training employers to use them.

November 22, 2019
Engineering students at Northwestern Michigan College program autonomous rovers to inspect environments underwater and in the air in real time. Read More

State’s population is aging faster and with greater debt

Northwest Michigan, home to many retirees, is example of the imbalance.

November 8, 2019
Michiganders are getting older, and they’re likely to owe more money than ever. Read More

State strengthens efforts to prevent elder abuse

Proposed legislation would allow holds on accounts in suspected fraud cases.

November 8, 2019
Abuse among the elderly — an increasing population in the state — is so widespread that state leaders have begun implementing a variety of solutions. Read More

Counting homeless is key to fed funds

April 1 census will make special effort to identify homeless children.

November 1, 2019
Michigan is gearing up to count the youth and homeless populations that are key to its federal funding and representation. Read More

State’s cyber corps expands despite critical audit report

Taxpayer-funded unit protects government entities from attacks.

October 25, 2019
Cybersecurity requires constant updates and reviews, experts say — and a group of Michigan volunteers that provides rapid response to attacks on government data just got one of its own. Read More

Michigan police agree to report when force is used

Voluntary program will send information to the FBI as part of data collection effort.

October 25, 2019
All Michigan sheriff’s departments and many police departments have agreed to report to the FBI when their officers use force. Read More

Support for telehealth services throughout state is rekindled

Rural areas especially could benefit from advances in technology.

September 13, 2019
Someday, radar might be used to detect when you fall in your home by measuring your heart and breathing rates. Read More