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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…

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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…

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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 Other neighboring states, including Ohio and Illinois, have also repealed similar laws, but the Star points out that Michigan’s approach — phasing out the…

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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.

State Reps. Kevin Daley and Tim Kelly join MDOT's Bay Region Engineer Robert Ranck Jr. as they look over the full list of road and bridge projects announced today.

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…

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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,…

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Michigan House Republicans visit microbreweries as part of the #MIBrewingJobs tour

House Republicans have been traveling the state as part of the #MIBrewingJobs tour, promoting legislation recently passed in the House impacting Michigan microbreweries and brewpubs.  These tours gave the lawmakers a firsthand look at a growing industry in Michigan, and also allowed them to see how immediate of an effect this legislation will have on…

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Michigan is brewing jobs

Craft beer is a growing industry in Michigan, having rapidly expanded during the last 20 years. Breweries from Bellaire to Holland to Commerce Township have eagerly awaited the passage of House Bills 4709-11, which authorize increased craft beer output and permit establishment of new locations for existing breweries. Bill 4709 increases the barrel threshold for…