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Fixing Michigan Roads and Bridges: The Road to a Brighter Future

With roads still a hot topic to residents across the state, House Republicans are continuing to work with their colleagues across the aisle, as well as the Senate and Gov. Rick Snyder, to come up with a long-lasting solution to fix Michigan’s roads. Separate road-funding proposals have been approved in both the House and Senate,…

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Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform: An Update on the House’s landmark package

“This legislation is about doing right by individuals, law enforcement, and the trust and respect between them.” – Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, Chair of the House Committee on Judiciary Nationwide cases have demonstrated the negative consequences in what we call “civil asset forfeiture,” a highly valuable tool by which public safety agencies repurpose money and…

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Michigan unemployment rate hits 12-year low

Lost Decade may finally be lost for good Michigan’s unemployment rate has declined for the fifth consecutive month, and is at its lowest level since 2002. The December 2014 statewide unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percent, from 6.7 percent down to 6.3 percent, putting Michigan’s unemployment rate at its lowest level in more than…

Michigan’s unemployment rate at lowest level in eight years

Our state’s unemployment rate has declined for the fourth consecutive month, and is at its lowest level since April 2006. Michigan’s unemployment rate has decreased for the fourth consecutive month. The November 2014 statewide unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percent down to 6.7 percent, putting Michigan’s unemployment rate at pre-recessionary levels. In fact, our…

Optimistic Michigan: Unemployment rate, economic outlook improving

Our state’s unemployment rate is finally back to pre-recessionary levels and Michigan’s positive economic outlook is higher than it’s been in years. Michigan’s unemployment rate has decreased for third consecutive month. The October 2014 statewide unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percent down to 7.1 percent, putting Michigan’s unemployment rate at pre-recessionary levels. In fact, our unemployment rate is…

Snyder’s governing receives national recognition

Even if you haven’t been following Gov. Rick Snyder, Governing magazine has. Take a look at what they have to say about him. Prior to Governor Snyder’s first term in office, Michigan’s population was declining and jobs were disappearing. For those who stuck around, there was little hope that Michigan would rebound for the better. The…

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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…

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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…

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State unemployment reaches six-year low

Michigan’s unemployment rate has decreased again, this time as low as the March 2008 rate. That’s right, our unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than six and half years. The September 2014 statewide unemployment rate has dropped by two-tenths of percent down to 7.2 percent; a decrease that can be attributed to the fact…