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Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Television stations around Michigan and nationwide are considering auctioning off valuable broadcast spectrum for potentially tens of millions of dollars to make room for mobile wireless development.

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.

Amid tax law challenges, another potential complication with Switch Communications Inc.’s proposed move to Michigan is how the energy-intensive company would secure a reliable electricity supply. That’s particularly the case if Switch wants to power its data center with renewable sources, as it does with its Nevada operations.

Michigan corn growers are disappointed by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement on Nov. 30 that they say fails to require enough corn-based ethanol to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.

State lawmakers could likely establish a system to tax and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries this month, but many question whether those businesses will ever thrive in West Michigan.

Tesla Motors Inc. wants to strike a compromise with lawmakers so it can begin selling its electric vehicles in Michigan using the same direct-to-consumer model it’s deployed in 25 other states.

ov. Rick Snyder is playing it safe while Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is doing his job. That appears to be the consensus among business groups and conservatives in Michigan responding to the two elected officials’ disparate approaches to address President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

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.

Local officials say it’s tough to tell in one year whether a major public transportation project in Grand Rapids constitutes a full-on success.

For every dollar spent on energy efficiency last year as part of a 2008 state mandate, Michigan ratepayers realized benefits of $4.38, according to a new report from the Michigan Public Service Commission.

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