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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…

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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…

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#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…

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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…

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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…

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#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…

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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…

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ICYMI: Michigan’s comeback proven once again

The numbers are in. Michigan’s recovery efforts are working. According to the latest news reports, our unemployment rate, job creation, household income and the economy are improving and Michiganders are getting back on their feet. The Detroit News reported this week that household income increased significantly for the first time since before the recession in…

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#TBT: Accruing a list of tax policy accomplishments

Welcome to the latest edition of Throwback Thursday. This week, we take a look at the legislative accomplishments of the House Tax Policy Committee. In the past, the Tax Policy Committee has worked to make major changes to the tax system to help Michigan residents and small business prosper, as well as participate in Michigan’s…

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Reinventing the auto industry in Michigan

The state that gave the world the assembly line is yet again at the forefront of innovation in the automotive industry, pushing the envelope once more thanks in part to Michigan’s growing tech industry. General Motors, Ford and the University of Michigan will work with the Michigan Department of Transportation to test technology allowing vehicles…

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Michigan is brewing jobs for a brighter future

While Michigan’s craft beer industry continues to contribute substantially to Michigan’s brighter future, it’s not the only industry benefitting from a greater interest in Mitten State beer. As Brian Dews, co-owner of Rockford Brewing Co., mentioned during a stop on the #MIBrewingJobs tour, a growing craft beer industry in Michigan also benefits the state’s tourism…

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#TBT: Growing a brighter future in Michigan

Welcome to the latest edition of #ThrowbackThursday. This week, we’re taking a closer look at the House Agriculture Committee and its work to support our state’s growers and producers. Agriculture is a booming industry in Michigan. In fact, it’s Michigan’s second-largest industry, accounting for more than $91 billion of the state’s economy each year. Whether it’s fruits…

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The Motor City and the Mitten State: Cracking the code for a #BrighterFuture

Good news continues to roll in for Michigan and Detroit, except this time it isn’t just being driven by the auto industry or manufacturing.  Recognizing the changes occurring in America’s economy, Michigan has reinvented itself under Republican leadership as a state that welcomes these new and growing industries – and as a result, both the…

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Michigan’s economy is in full recovery mode — and we have the proof

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 a little different though, because an annual economic activity report produced by Business Facilities truly highlights our state’s impressive turnaround. The annual report looks at more than 27 different categories, separating the…

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Michigan continues to produce results

Only a few years ago, Michigan was experiencing one of its worst economic climates in history. Jobs were disappearing, our population was declining and a belief in a better Michigan had faded. When House Republicans gained leadership in 2011, they recognized that they had also earned the responsibility of taking action and fixing Michigan. House Republicans…