Governor Rick Snyder has made a decision that pushes Michigan’s most-populated county closer to state oversight.
Governor Snyder ratified the findings of a state board that found Wayne County faces a financial crisis that could reach 171 million dollars by the end of the decade if it goes unchecked. Continue reading →
Michigan’s monthly jobless rate is unchanged at 5.5 percent.
That’s well below the 7.1 percent rate from this time a year ago. Over the past 12 months, the biggest job gains were in construction, but there were also healthy increases in business services and manufacturing. Continue reading →
Today our On The Map series makes its next stop in Clare.
As you drive down any highway in Michigan, you may see an unfamiliar (or familiar) billboard for “Cops & Doughnuts” a ‘World Famous Bakery in Clare.’ Talking with the owners of the bakery you would never know these guys are world famous, as they act like a friendly hometown neighbor. Continue reading →
Charlevoix Area Hospital has received a grant to help pay for a new surgical suite. The $50,000 grant comes from The Oleson Foundation of Traverse City.
The new surgical suite is part of a series of projects to update facilities at the hospital. Work has already been completed on a new Chemotherapy-Infusion Center, and an expansion of the hospital’s primary care facility in Boyne City. Continue reading →
Michigan’s unemployment rate edged upward very slightly since last month to 5.5 percent. That’s still one and eight-tenths of a percentage point below where the jobless rate was at this time last year. A big part of the reason for the increase is more people returning to the workforce to compete for jobs.
“More potential workers entered the labor force than is typical for May,” said Jason Palmer, director of the state Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. “Payroll jobs recorded a significant gain over the month.” Continue reading →
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a new law tying welfare benefits to school attendance.
For more than two years, a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services policy has ended cash assistance for families with children who persistently miss school. House Bill 4041 cements that policy in state law. Continue reading →
The Blue Ribbon Advisory Group is the newest regulatory body created by the DNR to protect and improve Michigan’s public gaming areas.
The group will examine hunting grounds and suggest ways to improve the habitat, and hunters’ overall experience.
Russ Mason is a spokesman for the DNR. He says the effort is more important than some people may realize
“And it’s important for people to recognize that these aren’t just acres that are sittin’ there. These are acres that are critical for the timber industry, the mining industry. These aren’t just a bunch of trees on public land. These are really valuable assets that we need to think about and care for in a very deliberate fashion, and move forward. Because they are, perhaps the catalyst for Michigan’s economic recovery.”
Mason says the group is going to have a lot to consider
“The U.P and the Northern Lower 40 acres of land per man, woman and child. Southern Michigan we’re essentially .04 acres. There are counties in Southern Michigan without a square inch of public hunting land. That needs to be different if we want Michiganders to care about the one thing that makes Michigan special in my view, and that’s their natural resources. ”
Mason says the Group is expected to wrap up its work within 18 months.