ICYMI: A way for local businesses to grow

Recently, The New York Times featured an op-ed touting benefits of both the newly created Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (MILE) and the newly enacted law allowing for Michigan Investment Markets. Together, these two laws establish equity crowdfunding in the Great Lake State and create the framework for an in-state stock exchange — and they could have a…

#FF: What’s ahead for the Michigan Legislature

Welcome to this week’s edition of #FollowFriday. Instead of looking back at previous bills, this week we are looking ahead at what is still to come before the end of the 2014 legislative term. Three of the top issues that the House will be working on before the New Year are education, building better and more sustainable…

#TBT: Insuring a brighter future for Michigan

It’s #ThrowbackThursday once again, and this week we’re taking a look at the House Insurance Committee, chaired by Rep. Pete Lund. Whether tackling tough issues like automobile, health and life insurance or modifying the state’s insurance code, this committee has been hard at work during the 2013-14 legislative session. Here’s a sample of a few…

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…