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GRAND RAPIDS — Despite negotiating for the past seven months, Grand Rapids Symphony musicians and the organization’s management team have yet to agree to terms of a new contract.

The budget cuts at the state’s economic development organization have forced industry executives in West Michigan to adjust their tactics. 

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking state lawmakers to increase funding for the popular Skilled Trades Training Fund program as part of his budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

ALLEGAN — Fighting off a hostile takeover bid cost Perrigo Co. plc $100 million last year, driving up administrative expenses sharply for the producer of over-the-counter medications.

As the state grapples with the Flint water crisis and a long-term funding solution for Detroit Public Schools, business advocates hope lawmakers will still be able to tackle policies that keep health care costs down, add transparency and help companies attract talent. 

MiBiz Growth Report: March 7, 2016

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MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 22, 2016

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The state legislature’s inaction on extending equal civil rights protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has led a growing number of prominent West Michigan business leaders to call for change.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 8, 2016

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MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 25, 2016

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MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 11, 2016

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Despite a supportive state legislature and much excitement from the West Michigan area that Las Vegas-based Switch Communications Group LLC could soon move into the Steelcase Pyramid building, Gov. Rick Snyder says he needs time to examine the legislation closely.

West Michigan companies will continue to add workers over the next two years, just not at the rapid pace they have in 2015.That’s according to George Erickcek, a senior regional analyst with the Kalamazoo-based W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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.

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.

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