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Dangling the carrot of a $5 billion investment and 1,000 new jobs, a Nevada-based data center operator asked the Michigan Legislature to change state tax laws to be competitive with other states.

Published in Economic Development

A bipartisan team of political and legal players will work around an unwilling state Legislature to expand civil rights protections for Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Fair Michigan campaign has launched a statewide ballot initiative that would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity.

Published in Economic Development

After a marathon session and more than four years of back-and-forth, the Michigan Legislature last night passed a bill that will generate $1.2 billion in revenue from new and existing sources to fix and maintain the state’s roads.

Published in In the News

LANSING — As the governor and legislators struggle to agree on a plan to fund upgrades to Michigan’s aging road system, Rich Studley worries that failure to resolve the issue hurts the state’s reputation and business climate.

Published in Finance

Business groups in Lansing and West Michigan have a full legislative agenda this fall, with at least five topics they hope lawmakers will take action on and two ballot initiatives they hope Michigan voters will reject. While road funding and contentious ballot initiatives may be grabbing the most headlines, business groups also remain focused on fundamental issues involving third-grade reading and even how state agencies deal with unclaimed property.

Published in Economic Development

In light of legislative attempts to break through the regulatory patchwork businesses face in communities throughout Michigan, some local government officials are asking whether the state has too many layers of government in the first place.

Published in Economic Development

MACKINAC ISLAND — While Southeast Michigan leaders at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference acknowledge that their region’s economy still has room for improvement, they’ve started to pivot from a focus on fixing immediate problems to tackling long-term solutions instead.

Published in Economic Development

Proposed legislation intended to improve Michigan’s business climate faces strong opposition from officials in local government who say it will have the opposite effect and thwart their ability to exercise local control.

Published in Economic Development

Within hours after voters soundly rejected a sales tax increase to help pay for improving the state’s roads, Democratic lawmakers started suggesting that Michigan’s business community needs to pay its “fair share” for infrastructure.

Published in Economic Development

There are no true days off for Chris Cameron, who remains on-call 24 hours a day prepared to do her part to fight crime in Kent County.

Published in Nonprofits
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