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…

#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…

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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…

#FF: Lawmakers crack down on physician fraud, protect Michigan patients

Welcome to this week’s Follow Friday, where we highlight four bills that were approved by the Michigan House and are headed to the Senate floor in the coming weeks. The four-bill package was introduced by state Reps. Jeff Farrington, Pat Somerville, Klint Kesto and Peter Pettalia, to better protect patients being treated by physicians who are…

#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…

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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…

Fairness for the ages

For many years, income in Michigan was taxed differently for different age groups and different sources. Starting in 2011, that all changed when fairness was brought to the state’s income tax code and all senior citizens were treated equally, regardless of their source of income. It’s all laid out visually for reference in the graphic…

#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…

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…

On the PATH to a brighter future

In 2013, House Republicans made some drastic changes to the Family Independence Program (FIP), ensuring that our state’s resources went to families looking for a much-needed — though temporary — helping hand. One of the major changes implemented was the creation of the Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope. (PATH) program, which helped clients work one-on-one with their caseworkers…

#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…

One-of-a-kind care for Michigan veterans

All of Michigan’s 680,000 veterans deserve easy access to information and benefits. That’s why Rep. Jim Stamas joined Gov. Rick Snyder today to help announce the launch of the all-inclusive Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center. Key information regarding health benefits, housing assistance and job opportunities is all instantly available on the website, along with an extensive directory of…