ICYMI: Investing in Michigan’s future

Well, it’s another day and there is another story about Michigan’s comeback.  This time it’s about venture capital investments throughout the state.  Two of the nation’s largest investment firms issued a quarterly report on capital investment projects nationwide, and Michigan has shot up the rankings. During the last quarter, venture capitalists invested $114.2 million in…

Recovery, comeback, resurgence, revival

Detroit (Flickr/Bryan Debus) Whatever you call it, Detroit embodies it. The community spirit and passion bringing Detroit back to life is remarkably inspiring, and the efforts of individuals, local communities and nonprofits are proving to be socially and economically fruitful. YAHOO! Finance reported a total of 288,000 new jobs were created in the United States last…

Investing in our future by supporting the Nurse-Family Partnership

House Republicans know Michigan families are important — and that first-time moms need access to both prenatal and postnatal care. That’s why, in the fiscal year 2014 budget, we invested additional state resources into the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) to help vulnerable first-time moms and their babies. The NFP helps connect low-income first-time mothers and registered nurses,…

Bridging the information gap: Michigan road funding in the news

With construction season in full swing, now seems like a good time to look back at the work Republican leadership has done to pave the way toward better roads in Michigan. Whether approving money for much needed local projects, investing existing resources in our roads, introducing road funding legislation or even putting on a hardhat…

#ICYMI Closing loopholes to help in the fight against meth

Recently the House approved several new laws closing loopholes and creating steeper penalties in the fight against meth use and production. House Bills 5089, 5090, 5363 and 5615, along with Senate Bills 535, 563 and 756, all work to help close loopholes related to the practice of making methamphetamine.  HBs 5089, 5090 and 5615 specifically…

The Great Beach state? We think so.

Trying to decide how to spend a Pure Michigan weekend? Well, we have answer — actually 10 answers — for those that love the sun, sand and water. Recently, the Pure Michigan campaign encouraged Michiganders and visitors alike to submit photos and suggestions for Michigan’s best beaches. The campaign inspired many, and as a result, a…

Agriculture in Michigan continues to grow

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Michigan’s second-largest industry continues to grow — with Michigan farmers planting more corn, soybeans and wheat in 2014 than ever before. These commodity crops are at an all-time high in our state, where 5.4 million acres are dedicated to farming these…

#TBT: From tax burdens to tax relief

When Republicans gained majority in the House, they pledged to help businesses grow by reducing their tax burden. Republicans have done so in many ways – including the elimination of the oppressive Michigan Business Tax – but today, we focus on changes to the Personal Property Tax (PPT). That’s why we’re throwing it back twice:…