Growing industry invests in Grand Rapids’ brighter future

West side brewers are crafting a bright future throughout the city. In recent weeks, we’ve seen reports of the city of Detroit returning to the ranks of national innovation hub and new inventions spurring more startups from the University of Michigan. Good news for the west side of the state is pouring in too, thanks to increased…

Detroit’s recovery to date: trial concludes, decision awaits

Detroit’s bankruptcy trial has concluded and the final verdict is due next week. Earlier this year, the Michigan House created a special committee chaired by Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, to assist bankruptcy negotiations between the City of Detroit and the state while protecting Michigan’s taxpayers. The committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future came to its conclusion…

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Staying safe on All Hallows’ Eve

Jack-o’-lanterns, haunted houses, endless amounts of candy—with Halloween upon us and a festive night of trick-or-treating in just a few days, it’s important to ensure you and the children in your life know how to stay safe this season. For a fun and safe night, review this handy “Safe Halloween” acronym from the Centers for Disease Control before heading…

ICYMI: Ann Arbor, East Lansing among best small cities for students

Ann Arbor and East Lansing are two of Michigan’s historic, ever-evolving college towns. The winner of tomorrow’s rivalry football game between the Spartans and Wolverines will proudly possess the Paul Bunyan trophy for another year. Whether you bleed green or blue is often determined from birth, but Pure Michigan is about more than football, and these two towns…

#TBT: Committee helps protect, utilize natural resources

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we highlight accomplishments of the House Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine.   The House Natural Resources Committee oversees issues involving the care of public lands; the regulation of hunting, fisheries and wildlife; management of parks, trails and outdoor tourism; and the protection of Michigan’s most valued natural resource, the Great…

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Hail to the inventors

The state that sparked a revolution by putting the world on wheels is at it again, with one university paving the way as an inventive leader. The University of Michigan set a record for new inventions in Fiscal Year 2014, recording 439 new inventions from the school’s Technology Transfer office. The office also reported records…

Michigan’s turnaround by the numbers

Michigan’s recovery is becoming more obvious each day, and today is no different. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its September jobs report, and our state’s unemployment rate has decreased once again; this time to 7.2 percent. The new unemployment rate is the lowest Michigan has seen since March 2008. Michigan’s turnaround can be seen in…

ICYMI: Reforms to workers comp laws create brighter future for Michigan job-creators

In 2011, House Republicans made it a top priority to make Michigan a more hospitable place for job providers. In that vein, comprehensive changes to the state’s workers compensation laws were signed into law. Sponsored by Rep. Brad Jacobsen, these laws served the dual purpose of giving job creators in the state some much needed…