#TBT: How much money previous “leadership” invested from existing resources to fix roads vs. recent Republican leadership

Below you’ll find a handy graphic pointing out how much money from existing resources has been invested in Michigan roads under the previous administration, as well as how much has been invested under current Republican leadership. There’s simple math at work here: under House Republican leadership, $584.8 million from existing state resources have been invested…

Protect your money with these tips from the FDIC

It’s National Consumer Protection Week, and the FDIC has put together a handful of tips on how to manage your money and avoid financial frauds and scams. The tips range from account errors to new mortgage rules, reminding consumers of the importance of saving — and protecting — their hard-earned money. So remember: When it comes…

Gov. Snyder’s budget presentation: A sign of brighter days ahead

Today Gov. Snyder revealed his recommendations for the FY 2015 budget in front of a joint hearing of the House and Senate Appropriations committees.  Echoing many of the priorities he laid out during the State of the State address last month, the governor’s budget proposals focused on: Additional support for education, especially early childhood development…

Six truths about the billion dollars that wasn’t

There has been a lot of media coverage and discussion about the state’s “surplus” of money that economists last Friday agreed would be an estimated $970 million. Unfortunately, the whole story hasn’t been told, and people need to be aware of some key truths. Truth #1: This is only an estimate. The economic experts from…

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,…

Making Michigan work for Michigan’s hard-working women and men

by: Jase Bolger, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives A response to the Detroit Free Press The Free Press editorial from Oct. 18 and the Democrat opposition to reforms that the editorial defended are contradictory and attacks those applying the common sense the editorial claims to support. The editorial states, “No one would argue…

House Republican Budget Plan

Each year, the governor, Senate and House all submit their version of what they believe the budget should look like. For FY 2014, House Republicans once again placed an emphasis on fiscal responsibility, investing additional funds into education, public safety and roads while working to pay down long-term liabilities and deposit money into the state’s…