EconomicOutlook2014

#TBT: From a stalled economy to one that is driving forward

Only a few years ago, Michigan was experiencing one of its worst economic climates in history. Jobs were disappearing, our population was declining and hope for a better Michigan was fading fast. When House Republicans gained leadership in 2011, they recognized that they didn’t just win the majority, but they also earned the responsibility of taking…

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#TBT: A Brighter Forecast for Michigan’s Future

The 2014 Rich States, Poor States Economic Outlook Rankings just came out, and Michigan earned its highest ranking to date, going into 2015 ranked as the 12th-best state for economic outlook. Based on 15 different state policy categories – including personal income tax rankings, debt ratio and sales and property tax burdens – the ranking…

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Paving the way to “Build Better Michigan Roads”

After investing $584.8 million in existing state resources into Michigan’s roads, House Republicans are at it again — this time unveiling a plan to “Build Better Michigan Roads” and invest even more current resources into the state’s roadways. The proposal calls for structural changes in transportation funding and focuses on increased efficiency, better quality and improved fairness,…

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#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…

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Unemployment at its lowest rate since 2008 (Update: April 2014 unemployment rate)

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) just released the unemployment rates from January, and they’re the lowest they’ve been since 2008. Michigan’s unemployment rate fell by half a percentage point, down from 8.3 in December to 7.4 in April. It’s also more than a full percentage point lower than it was at…

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Reducing auto insurance rates for Michigan families

Michigan families struggle to pay auto insurance premiums Auto insurance costs are significantly higher than other states because of inflexible mandates and the resulting expenses. Legislative inaction to address skyrocketing costs and an inefficient claims process must be remedied to help all residents of Michigan. House Republicans have focused on identifying the cost drivers that have…