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…

#TBT: House committee makes Michigan a more business-friendly state

Rules and regulations removed since 2011. Welcome to this week’s edition of #ThrowbackThursday, where we take a closer look at the accomplishments of the House Regulatory Reform Committee. During the 2013-2014 legislative session, the Regulatory Reform committee, chaired by Rep. Hugh Crawford, has dedicated itself to reducing burdensome and duplicative regulations that stifle job and…

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…

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Internet now plays a large role in everyday life for many Americans, and it is becoming increasingly important to reflect on risks of theft, fraud and abuse that come with our online presence. According to the Department of Homeland Security, cyber security is one of our country’s most important national security priorities and is a responsibility…

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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…

ICYMI: Tackling the tough question of “digital remains”

What happens to our social media accounts and emails once we’re no longer around? It’s not something many people think of, but for those who struggle to access the email and Facebook accounts of loved ones who’ve recently passed, it’s an important and challenging hurdle. Many states including Michigan have begun to tackle the issue…

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Putting an end to the silence

Every October, many of us don pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and those affected by the disease, but this month is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects one in four women, and throughout the month of October, communities across America are coming together to help end this violent trend — and…

#TBT: House committee makes Michigan a better, safer place to live

In this week’s edition of #ThrowbackThursday, we take a closer look at the accomplishments of the House Criminal Justice Committee. During the 2013-14 legislative session, House Republicans have dedicated time and resources to make Michigan a safer place for everyone to live by strengthening laws to protect our most vulnerable citizens and creating harsher penalties…

ICYMI: Michigan’s economy continues to improve

Week after week, we read about Michigan’s turnaround and the theme is the same – Michigan’s economy is in full-recovery mode. This week is no different as Comerica Bank’s recent Michigan Economic Activity Index brings more good news about our economic turnaround. The index jumped 6.2 points in July, hitting 133.7 total and indicating that things are…

#FF: Funding a Brighter Future in Michigan

Welcome to this week’s Follow Friday, where we will highlight three bills approved this week in the Michigan House will help ensure a brighter future for some of Michigan’s citizens who are most in need.  House Bill 5444 and House Bills 5412 and 5413 offer new opportunities for both foster children and low income individuals, opening…