Category Archives: Economy

Produce and community: putting Sault Ste Marie, Ontario On the Map

Sault Ste Marie, Ontario is a big city, more than 75 thousand people live there. But in all the hustle and bustle of big city life, the city manages to create pockets with a small town community feel.

One of those pockets is the Mill Market farmers market.
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Commerce Secretary meets with northern Michigan tribes

official_photo_secretary_penny_pritzkerUnited States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently came to Michigan to learn more about the unique economic opportunities and challenges facing Native American communities.

She was in Brimley at Bay Mills Community College when she called and spoke with CMU Public Radio’s David Nicholas.
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Unions launch corporate income tax petition drive


A group of unions has launched a petition drive to double Michigan’s corporate income tax and use the additional revenue for roads.

Union leader Tom Lutz is with the Citizens for Fair Taxes Campaign. He says corporations should have to give back about half the net tax reductions that resulted from the state’s 2011 business tax overhaul. Continue reading

Michigan’s purchasing power of a dollar is higher than most states

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A dollar in Michigan may go farther than you think it would.

Data from The Tax Foundation says Michigan has one of the lowest cost of living when compared to other states, ranking 22nd out of the 50 states. Continue reading

Preparing for Clean Power Plan state legislators tour solar facility

One of J. Ranck's solar panels.

One of J. Ranck’s solar panels.

State legislators met August 5th at the home of one of Michigan’s largest solar arrays following this week’s Clean Power Plan proposed by President Obama.
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Lawsuit says state ignores due process in tax foreclosures, could affect legislation


A class action lawsuit claims Michigan ignores due process when overseeing tax foreclosures.

The Gongwer news service first reported on the lawsuit. Plaintiffs say the state does not hold impartial hearings so that people can appeal foreclosure decisions. Continue reading

Lake Superior State University has lowest net-tuition in Michigan


A new study shows Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie has Michigan’s lowest net-tuition rate for public universities.

The recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education ranked LSSU first among the state’s 15 public universities for net-tuition costs. Continue reading

Snyder affirms Wayne County fiscal emergency


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

‘On The Map’ visits America’s safest bakery: Cops & Doughnuts


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 receives grant for surgical suite project

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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

Chase Bank reaches settlement over unlawful debt collection


Chase Bank has reached an agreement with Michigan and 47 other states to settle claims related to unlawful debt collection practices.

The total of the state-federal settlement is $136 million dollars, Michigan will receive $3 million of that money. Continue reading