Paving the way for safer roads and a stronger economy

Thanks to special funding set aside by the Michigan Legislature, more than 100 road and bridge projects have been announced today, paving the way to a brighter future here in the state. During press conferences held in each of the seven MDOT regions in the state, legislators unveiled projects slated to begin in 2014. The…

New report shows Michigan’s economy is on the right track

Business Leaders for Michigan recently released their updated Michigan Competitiveness Report.  The benchmarking report shows where Michigan ranks compared to economic peers (other states) in certain categories.  Here are some of the results from the report in different categories: -Corporate Tax Climate: 7th nationally, 2nd in peer group behind Virginia. -Overall Tax Climate: 12th nationally,…

Q&A: Here’s the truth about the citizen-initiated elective abortion insurance law

The citizen-initiated law allows insurance payment for elective abortions only through optional coverage, often referred to as a “rider.” The supplemental coverage will have a nominal cost to individuals. Traditional comprehensive health plans can still cover abortions for instances not only to protect the life of the mother, but to treat a woman if she…

Michigan ranks among the best in clean energy job growth

Crain’s Detroit Business recently published a report ranking Michigan among the nation’s best in clean energy job growth. According to the report, Michigan companies created about 1,100 clean energy jobs in the third quarter, showing once again that Michigan is “the comeback state.” Read the full article here. It’s also an example of our economy’s…

Bills approved today would update Michigan’s campaign finance laws

This week the House approved Senate Bills 440, 441, and 661 which aim to update Michigan’s outdated campaign finance laws. Campaign laws have not changed in Michigan in over 30 years. Michiganders should be able to contribute more to a campaign today than they would have 30 years ago.  These amounts are now more in…

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins values the thoughts of Lenawee County residents

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins values the thoughts of Lenawee County residents. She’s often encouraged area residents to stop her on the street or in the grocery store if they have a question or concern, but she thinks it’s important to reach out to them as well. That’s why, in an effort to inform local residents…

In Case You Missed It: Dec. 2 through Dec. 6

In the News: MLive’s Bridge Magazine offers up a column regarding Michigan’s literacy rates and the proposed solution contained in House Bill’s 5111 and 5144. WZZM 13 discusses legislation on its way to Gov. Snyder to rename a portion of I-96 in honor of a Walker police officer killed in the line of duty. The…