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year ago, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a pair of comprehensive, bipartisan energy bills that expanded the state’s clean energy standards and charted a new course for how various utility programs are overseen by state regulators.

Published in Crystal Ball

If any meaningful policy changes at the state level are to happen in 2016, they will likely come at the bookends of the Legislature’s session, observers say.

Published in Crystal Ball

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

Organized labor groups have started collecting signatures for a plan that would increase the corporate income tax rate from 6 percent to 11 percent to raise $900 million a year for road funding. Business groups say hitting corporations with a tax hike will hurt Michigan’s competitiveness and ability to attract more jobs. Meanwhile, labor groups are also opposed to a separate petition drive seeking to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Supporters say prevailing wage increases construction costs on publicly funded projects.

Published in Small Business

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