More homes being built in the Comeback State

Michigan realtors report more homes are being built in Michigan, adding to the increase in the total number of homes sold as well as the average price of these homes. According to MLive, it’s projected that close to 16,000 single-family new home permits will be issued in 2014, an increase of nearly 20 percent from…

House Republicans introduce draft of auto insurance reform bill

Following up on last week’s announcement of a comprehensive plan to reduce auto insurance rates for all Michigan drivers, House Republicans today unveiled a draft of the proposal for review.  This draft replaces the original bill (House Bill 4612) that was introduced last year, and addresses every concern that was brought up by those who…

New research institute coming to Michigan, bringing jobs for the region

A new public-private partnership will create the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Canton. The $148 million institute recognizes the impact Michigan has had on manufacturing and gives a shout out to the state’s top talent at our research universities. It’s projected that 10,000 new jobs will be added throughout the Midwest – particularly…

What to know and where to go in case there’s a flood

It might not seem like it, but spring is quickly approaching. And with it comes melting snow and, unfortunately, the risk of flooding in many areas. With that in mind, the governor’s office and the Michigan State Police are offering a number of severe weather action tips. They include: Don’t drive through flooded roads or…

Have questions about your 2013 tax return? Consult our handy guide for help!

Tax season can be a stressful time. That’s why the Michigan Legislature publishes a yearly guide to help ease the burden of filing taxes. Our guide will help taxpayers navigate what can seem like a confusing and complicated system — and save some money along the way. The 2014 Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide has tips and…

Reducing auto insurance rates for Michigan families

Michigan families struggle to pay auto insurance premiums Auto insurance costs are significantly higher than other states because of inflexible mandates and the resulting expenses. Legislative inaction to address skyrocketing costs and an inefficient claims process must be remedied to help all residents of Michigan. House Republicans have focused on identifying the cost drivers that have…

New survey shows soaring optimism about Michigan’s economic comeback

A strong majority of Michigan business leaders believe our state economy is on a course to grow over the next six months, a vast improvement over their feelings of the national economy and how they felt about the state last year.  From MLive: A survey of 74 Michigan CEOs found that 64 percent forecast the…

Get outside during Free Fishing Weekend

The time has finally arrived — it’s Free Fishing Weekend! Feb. 15 and 16 mark the chance for anglers to try their hand at ice fishing and explore all of the great fishing spots available throughout the state. During the weekend, fishing license fees will be waived for local residents and out-of-state guests, but all other…