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#FF: Lawmakers crack down on physician fraud, protect Michigan patients

Welcome to this week’s Follow Friday, where we highlight four bills that were approved by the Michigan House and are headed to the Senate floor in the coming weeks. The four-bill package was introduced by state Reps. Jeff Farrington, Pat Somerville, Klint Kesto and Peter Pettalia, to better protect patients being treated by physicians who are…

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#TBT: House committee makes Michigan a more business-friendly state

Rules and regulations removed since 2011. Welcome to this week’s edition of #ThrowbackThursday, where we take a closer look at the accomplishments of the House Regulatory Reform Committee. During the 2013-2014 legislative session, the Regulatory Reform committee, chaired by Rep. Hugh Crawford, has dedicated itself to reducing burdensome and duplicative regulations that stifle job and…

Lori announces grant for Cassopolis plant expansion

Lawmaker: Funds will help create jobs, boost economy   State Rep. Matt Lori today announced the Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a grant to help a Cassopolis manufacturer expand its operations, which will create jobs and boost the local economy. Lori, R-Constantine, said the village of Cassopolis was awarded a $127,800 Community Development Block Grant…

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State unemployment reaches six-year low

Michigan’s unemployment rate has decreased again, this time as low as the March 2008 rate. That’s right, our unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than six and half years. The September 2014 statewide unemployment rate has dropped by two-tenths of percent down to 7.2 percent; a decrease that can be attributed to the fact…

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Revving up the economy: Ford Motor Co. adds 850 new jobs

Earlier today, the Department of Technology, Management and Budget announced that the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.2 percent — its lowest since March 2008 — thanks to the creation of an additional 9,000 jobs and 6,000 fewer unemployed people. Coupled with Ford Motor Company’s latest announcement, it’s clear to see that Michigan’s economy is kicking into…

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Michigan’s newest family moves to Holland after brief visit

Holland is a Pure Michigan beach community known for its historic Dutch origins and Tulip Time Festival. This year, a family decided to move from Ohio and make Holland their new home after spending just 52 hours in town.   Nicole and Andrew Orr sold their Columbus house and moved their family—including sons Jayden, 11; Jenson, 10; and Jace,…

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Internet now plays a large role in everyday life for many Americans, and it is becoming increasingly important to reflect on risks of theft, fraud and abuse that come with our online presence. According to the Department of Homeland Security, cyber security is one of our country’s most important national security priorities and is a responsibility…

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Detroit: The Comeback City is America’s new innovation hub

  Michigan’s Lost Decade was historic for all the wrong reasons, but each day more and more people are realizing our state’s recovery is historic for all the right reasons. The Lost Decade affected the entire state, but no one place was hit harder than Detroit. Republicans knew that ensuring a better Detroit would also…