It’s looking like “prevailing wage” will be an issue in the Legislature’s new session. It deals with pay rates for construction workers on publicly funded projects. It’s an issue that divides Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders. Continue reading →
This week marks the start of a break in the Great Lakes shipping season. A time when lakes freeze over, the locks at Sault St. Marie shut down, and crews on big freighters go home to their families. But not everyone stops working. Continue reading →
A lawsuit settlement against the National Milk Producers Federation means 52 million dollars are being refunded to their customers. – that is, anyone who has bought milk in Michigan since 2003. Continue reading →
Budget and economic experts predict a bright fiscal future in Michigan. The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference met today (Thurs) at the State Capitol.
2018 is looking good. From a financial standpoint that is.
Economists predict more economic growth in the United States and in Michigan, but the growth will be slow.
Gabriel Ehrlich is the Director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics at the University of Michigan. He says we can expect to see a slowdown in job growth in Michigan, but part of that is because the labor force is getting toward full employment.
“We don’t believe it’s at full employment but there are fewer unemployed workers on the sidelines just waiting for jobs. So we see job growth slowing down.”
2018 will also see about 330 (m) million dollars in so-called “one-time” funds, but it is not expected to be a recurring event.
The city of Cheboygan has been selected for a downtown development program.
The Main Street Program helps communities build and revitalize their downtown area.
Traverse City, Saginaw and Alpena are among the 72 communities that are already part of the program as well.
Laura Krizov is with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. She is the manager of the Main Street program.
“It’ll be looking at the types of businesses that fit downtown, it could be bringing volunteers in for programming for promotions and things they are doing, it could be looking at their design elements downtown “
Krisov said the program has been running since 2003.
“I think the biggest thing is, is the leadership locally all getting together, and banding around the focus of their downtown. And they have the understanding that in order to have a strong community, you have to have a strong downtown.”
According to data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association, boat sales in Michigan totaled over eight hundred and $40 million in 2016.
The state came in third to Florida and Texas in boat sales. Their sales were in the billions of dollars.
Officials say boat sales picked up around 2009, and since then, the market has continued to grow..
Bill Kerns is the General Manager at Spicer’s Boat City in Houghton Lake. He says there are a number of reasons the market is doing well.
“New people getting into the sport, dealers being more ready for the onslaught of business, more product out in the field, and pontoons have continued to grow the industry and we saw growth at the end of last year with those as well.”
Kerns says with technology continuing to make boating more appealing, the market in Michigan will likely stay strong.
For most of the year, two ferries serve the village of Put-In-Bay, which sits on an island in Lake Erie. But in winter, ferry service stops and residents face a quieter, more isolated, lifestyle. Continue reading →
The U.P. was previously served by two Wisconsin based companies. State officials say the new agreement will replace those entities with the Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation. Continue reading →
Despite the affordable care act health, care coverage has been inconsistent for low-income individuals and people shopping for their owns plans. This according to a report from the University of Michigan.