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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Electoral College reform: Debunking the myths and rumors

Since being introduced last week, there have been a lot of rumors and half-truths regarding House Bill 5974, a proposal to more fairly distribute Michigan’s Electoral College vote. Some valid concerns have been raised and are already being addressed, but there have also been highly sensationalized declarations about the bill as well. In this post, we’ll…

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#FF: House Rs lead prison reforms

In this week’s #FollowFriday, we review a package to reform prison sentencing and improve outcomes for Michiganders   Rep. Joe Haveman, R-Holland, is eager to get the legislative ball rolling on prison reform to improve the state’s sentencing guidelines. Aiming to reduce recidivism in the Great Lake State, he has been examining how to keep offenders out…

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Investing more in roads

Over the past four years, House Republicans have worked to make road funding a priority. If you’re looking for proof of this dedication, you need look no further than the investments the House has made under Republican leadership. Since 2010, House Republicans have invested more than $870 million from existing resources in improving our state’s roads…

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Female entrepreneurs are rebuilding Detroit

Detroit has exited bankruptcy, and the future of the city has never looked brighter As Detroit quickly becomes both a vibrant cultural and business center once again, Michiganders — and now the rest of the country — can see the city is on the comeback. In fact, Fortune Magazine recently published a story highlighting the…

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ICYMI: Detroit is back!

BREAKING: Bankruptcy judge approves Detroit’s all-encompassing plan to revive and reform the city. Federal Judge Steven Rhodes approved Detroit’s plan to overcome its historic bankruptcy today after the state, city and private entities worked tirelessly to resolve the challenging issue. The Motor City received guidance from emergency manager Kevyn Orr—who filed for bankruptcy on the city’s…

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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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#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…

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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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#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…

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#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…