Category Archives: Economy

Indigenous people feel their concerns about pipelines fall on deaf ears

TranscanadaA Canadian oil company is suing the American government for denying the Keystone XL pipeline.

Aldo Seoane is the Co-founder of the Wicaheli League, and an advocate for indigenous peoples rights.

Seoane said while the legal issues are being handled in court, there is a voice going unheard.
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Michigan looks to save energy as coal power plants shut down 

downloadThe state is asking for public comment on how to get more households on power saving plans with their electric company.

Those plans are called Demand Response Programs.
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More governments turning to local funding to fix roads 

IMG_8023-1 (1)Infrastructure across the state is notoriously out of date, but with the 1.2 billion dollar road funding plan approved last year, many counties felt like help was on the way.

What local communities across the state are coming to realize is that the road plan comes with a few strings attached.

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Fly fishers challenge DEQ approved fish farm

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A group of fly fishers 8-hundred strong have challenged a fish farm on the Au Sable river.

Although the farm has been approved by the Department of Environmental Quality, the anglers are still worried it poses a threat to the river.
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Michigan cities in financial trouble

money-coinsThe revenue prospects of Michigan city governments are bad and not getting better. That’s the message of the Michigan Municipal League, an advocacy group for cities and townships. Great Lakes Economics Consulting’s Mitch Bean spoke at a Municipal League event on Monday. Bean says Michigan’s property tax caps combined with a big drop in revenue sharing played a big role in the financial crises in cities like Flint and Detroit.

The League says state revenue sharing with cities dropped more than 50 percent between 2002 and 2012, even though state revenue grew about 30 percent in that time.

A $100,000 dollar grant awarded to the city of Mount Pleasant will help finish the demolition of the former Mount Pleasant Center

100_0853The latest grant is in addition to a $250,000 grant received by the city last year.

Dave Murray is the communications director for the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. He said blight is an issue in cities large and small.

“Smaller Communities including Mount Pleasant also have need a because an abandoned property can be a problem in our small communities as well.Sometimes even a single parcel, if it’s in an important spot can weaken an neighborhood.”

Murray said future plans for the land will be up to the city to decide.

DPS might not be able to pay employees after April 8, Rhodes tells lawmakers

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Steven Rhodes and Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather speak with reporters after a state House hearing in Lansing on Wednesday.

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Steven Rhodes and Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather speak with reporters after a state House hearing in Lansing on Wednesday.

The state’s largest school district will likely not be able to make payroll after April 8.
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