#TBT: Preparing for a rainy day means clearer skies in the future

For Michigan and its citizens, the previous administration wasn’t scared of deficit spending or unbalanced budgets. Unfortunately, that type of “leadership” resulted in annual budgets that averaged $1.5 billion in deficit spending.  The large budget shortfalls also meant that the government had to shut down numerous times, and Michigan’s Rainy Day Fund – a safety…

Fresh perspectives on Michigan’s budget surplus

An ambitious group of middle school students from Walker Charter Academy set out to tackle one of the tough questions facing our state’s leaders: how should we invest the state budget surplus? Ensuring their voices were heard, Rep. Rob VerHeulen was recently invited to visit the classroom and hear their presentations. “The project [was] an…

#TBT: From jobs lost under the previous “leadership” to careers created under Republican leadership

The wounds are still fresh from the job losses of the Lost Decade, but fortunately for Michigan’s citizens, Republicans have helped by bringing responsible government back to the Capitol. Under the previous administration’s control, Michigan saw 800,000 jobs disappear, resulting in an unemployment rate that soared north of 14 percent. Republicans worked to ensure a brighter…

Spread the Word to End the Word

March 5 is Spread the Word to End the Word day, challenging everyone to end the use of the words “mentally retarded” and “mental retardation.” The day also highlights the positive impact individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have on our communities. Though it was once considered a clinical diagnosis, the R-word is now used as…

New research institute coming to Michigan, bringing jobs for the region

A new public-private partnership will create the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Canton. The $148 million institute recognizes the impact Michigan has had on manufacturing and gives a shout out to the state’s top talent at our research universities. It’s projected that 10,000 new jobs will be added throughout the Midwest – particularly…

New survey shows soaring optimism about Michigan’s economic comeback

A strong majority of Michigan business leaders believe our state economy is on a course to grow over the next six months, a vast improvement over their feelings of the national economy and how they felt about the state last year.  From MLive: A survey of 74 Michigan CEOs found that 64 percent forecast the…

Michigan workers – They’re Grrreat!!!!

Michigan received another indication that we’re on the right track economically when the Kellogg Co. announced today they will expand operations in our state and employ up to 600 people. Kellogg CEO John Bryant said the company chose Grand Rapids for a new North American Services Business Operation center after looking at nine possible locations…

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…

Combatting Human Trafficking: The legislative approach

Rep. Kurt Heise today, along with members of the House Republican Caucus, House Democrats, representatives from the Attorney General’s Office and stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking, unveiled legislation to combat the crime of human trafficking. The group unveiled over 20 bills that have been introduced to fight trafficking in Michigan. The legislation is…

ICYMI: “Michigan’s path to business tax reform holds important lessons for Indiana”

The Indianapolis Star recently published an editorial touting last year’s elimination of the Michigan Business Tax and calling on the Indiana Legislature to phase out its version of the business personal property tax. Other neighboring states, including Ohio and Illinois, have also repealed similar laws, but the Star points out that Michigan’s approach — phasing out the…

Forbes.com: Michigan Governor Signs Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption

Recently, Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Act 264 into law, creating the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (MILE) and establishing equity crowdfunding in Michigan. It’s an exciting new way for Michigan investors to invest in Michigan small-businesses and start-ups, and Forbes.com touted the law as “particularly impressive.” You can read the full article here.

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,…