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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Revving up the economy: Ford Motor Co. adds 850 new jobs

Earlier today, the Department of Technology, Management and Budget announced that the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.2 percent — its lowest since March 2008 — thanks to the creation of an additional 9,000 jobs and 6,000 fewer unemployed people. Coupled with Ford Motor Company’s latest announcement, it’s clear to see that Michigan’s economy is kicking into…

Michigan’s newest family moves to Holland after brief visit

Holland is a Pure Michigan beach community known for its historic Dutch origins and Tulip Time Festival. This year, a family decided to move from Ohio and make Holland their new home after spending just 52 hours in town.   Nicole and Andrew Orr sold their Columbus house and moved their family—including sons Jayden, 11; Jenson, 10; and Jace,…

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Detroit: The Comeback City is America’s new innovation hub

  Michigan’s Lost Decade was historic for all the wrong reasons, but each day more and more people are realizing our state’s recovery is historic for all the right reasons. The Lost Decade affected the entire state, but no one place was hit harder than Detroit. Republicans knew that ensuring a better Detroit would also…

On the road to a brighter future

We’ve said it before, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth saying again — Michigan is on the road to a brighter future. Only a few years ago, Michigan was experiencing one of its worst economic climates in history. Back then, jobs were disappearing, our population was declining and a belief in a better Michigan…

It’s Oct. 1 and no one has noticed

It’s October 1. That’s the first day of the new fiscal year in Michigan. That means the state budget year for 2014-15 is now underway, and no one seems to have noticed. The media isn’t inundating its readers, listeners and viewers with stories about the state budget, negotiations, partisan divides or a government being shut…