What’s on tap for May?

May we introduce you to what’s in store for the month ahead? As we enter the month of May, House session is back in full swing and there’s plenty happening at our state’s capital. Here’s a sneak peak at what to expect over the next month: House passage of bills to reduce the high unemployment…

#FF: House Republicans prove balanced, responsible approach to budget negotiations is best

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! We are now more than halfway through budget season, so let’s dig a little deeper into how budgets are discussed, voted on, passed and signed into law each year — and examine more ways House Democrats are attempting to drive us back to the days of deficit spending. As discussed last time, House Republicans have worked tirelessly…

ICYMI: Unemployment rates keep dropping in each of Michigan’s regional labor markets

Continuing with recent trends, the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget just announced unemployment rates declined in each of the state’s 17 major labor market regions in March, while total employment and labor force levels went up in the majority of regions at the same time. A number of areas — including Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Northeast…

#TBT: Turning our economy around one MILE at a time

Michigan has a history of innovations and firsts.  During the early 19th century, Detroit quickly became a hub for innovation, commerce and manufacturing because of its easy access to riverways and rail lines. Michigan’s growth continued throughout the 20th century with the growth of automobile manufacturing in Detroit and lumbering and furniture manufacturing in Grand Rapids. …

ICYMI: Closing loopholes in welfare abuse

House Republicans have made protecting Michigan families a top priority over past several years – developing early childhood education opportunities, enhancing vocational opportunities and implementing adoption reforms to bring families together. So when the Detroit Free Press questioned the motives behind legislation that would allow for welfare recipients to be drug tested and claimed that…

Bringing a little more green to #PureMichigan

It’s Earth Day today, so let’s take a moment to think about what we can do to help preserve the world around us. Small things like unplugging appliances we aren’t using, purchasing energy efficient light bulbs or using less water while we brush our teeth can make a huge difference in the long run. And…

#FF: Road work ahead, thanks to new transportation bills

Speaker Bolger presents the House roads plan to the House Transportation Committee Thursday morning. Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! Four bills are beginning their legislative journey in the Michigan House, ensuring more resources will be dedicated to our state’s roadways thanks to better investment of taxpayer dollars. The bills will make structural changes in the…

#TBT: A Brighter Forecast for Michigan’s Future

The 2014 Rich States, Poor States Economic Outlook Rankings just came out, and Michigan earned its highest ranking to date, going into 2015 ranked as the 12th-best state for economic outlook. Based on 15 different state policy categories – including personal income tax rankings, debt ratio and sales and property tax burdens – the ranking…