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Brian Long anticipated by now to see proof that the U.S. economy had started to flatten out. 

Published in Economic Development

Business advocates in Lansing say legislation to add work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients could offer a boost to the labor pool in Michigan during times of low unemployment.

Published in Health Biz

Charles Owens’ nearly 25 years as director of the Michigan office for the National Federation of Independent Businesses has coincided with four governors in Lansing: Jim Blanchard, John Engler, Jennifer Granholm and Rick Snyder. Since Gov. Snyder is term-limited, Michigan voters will elect a new governor in 2018, a year in which the NFIB will get involved to oppose two possible ballot proposals: One to require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, and the other to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022. That’s on top of a minimum wage increase of 35 cents to $9.25 per hour on Jan. 1. The NFIB also plans to back a proposal to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law.

Published in Crystal Ball

Controversial economic development legislation passed the Michigan House on Wednesday afternoon, setting the stage for Gov. Rick Snyder’s likely signature.

Published in In the News

State revenue from taxes paid by small businesses more than doubled as Michigan’s economy improved coming out of the Great Recession and as the overall business tax burden in the state declined.

Published in Finance

Hospitals claim proposed reforms to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law that would impose caps on what they charge to treat people injured in vehicle crashes would cost them a projected $1.2 billion annually.

Published in Health Biz

Michigan’s business community appears to lack a unified front as the May 5 election approaches for Proposal 1, a major ballot measure seeking to overhaul the state’s mechanism for transportation funding.

Published in Economic Development

Proposed legislation to tax tobacco-free electronic cigarettes and vapor liquids the same as traditional smoking products has Michigan’s growing vaping industry fighting back. Owner Dan Lawitzke (right) of Mister-E-Liquid in Grand Rapids says the new tax could force him to close his doors just as his company and the industry is starting to gain steam.

Published in Small Business

The repeal of the personal property tax on manufacturing equipment in Michigan represents the second major victory in three years for business advocates who long sought to improve the state’s business tax climate.

Published in Finance

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