Summary: The Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act was re-introduced by the Senate as Senate Bill No. 4 on January 20, 2015 through the Judicial Committee. A very similar House Bill 5958 passed through the House quickly last year with a 59-50 party line vote but stalled in the Senate. The...Read more
The film industry first made its appearance in Michigan during the Post-World War II era with 319 productions in total having been filmed in the State of Michigan. In recent years, the film industry in Michigan has been a controversial one, having been addressed by several pieces of legislation over...Read more
Malu Silva Martins Gadelha
Migratory movements have been a constant throughout the history of mankind, often due to political, social, economic, or natural disasters. However, the hope for better conditions of life and work has always been crucial to all those who choose immigration. The arrival of immigrants into the country encourages the creation...Read more
One of the hot topics for Michigan’s 2014 gubernatorial election will be a possible increase in minimum wage. Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate, favors a plan to increase minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 per hour. This increase will occur in three increments over a period of three years, and...Read more
Credit card companies operate by charging a percentage of payments accepted through them. Historically, companies like Visa and MasterCard have had business policies prohibiting merchants and retailers from adding a fee for customers paying with credit because it would deter them from using their credit cards as opposed to cash...Read more
Michigan recently restricted the sale of stimulate-laced alcoholic energy drinks. The ban covers 55 products from four manufacturers currently approved for sale in the state. Manufacturers will have 30 days to pull the products from the market (MLCC ban on alcoholic energy drinks.) This alcohol reform has sparked a revival...Read more
Kyle Celebuski: I'm writing a paper on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the changes it underwent during the Snyder Administration so I was wondering if you could speak to that?
Michael Shore: We have under gone through a couple of major changes. Number one is a change in leadership at...Read more
Have you heard of the plan to subsidizing filming costs to turn Michigan into the new home of the film industry or seen one of the Pure Michigan commercials advertising the states advantages? If you have then you have witnessed the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in action. The MEDC...Read more
With the new keg tagging law coming into effect this month, Michigan’s alcohol regulations are finally being discussed at least among college-aged house partiers. However, while these laws effect a mass of individuals, the subject of regulation is rarely discussed, possibly due to how complicated it can seem.
One of the unique solutions to Michigan's economic woes was the idea of turning the state into a "Hollywood" of sorts using incentives to attract new, entertainment industry jobs. Supporters believed that as the precedent of filming in Michigan was established, productions would continue coming to Michigan to take advantage...Read more
With invasive Asian carp now established in waterways near Chicago, politicians and officials in the Great Lakes states are pushing for immediate action to prevent the fish from ever entering Lake Michigan. But the one state with control over the situation, Illinois, believes that sufficient action has already been taken.
Nearly 100,000 medical marijuana patients may have to find another means of purchasing their medication following a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling published on August 23rd. The Court ruled that Compassionate Apothecary, a medical marijuana dispensary, was not operating in accordance with the provisions of the Michigan Medical Marihuana...Read more
There has always been focus in each state on how their business environment compares to other states throughout the nation. Often times states use these rankings developed by different news outlets, research companies, and business associations to assess their own development and progress in the national economy as a whole...Read more
In his first few months as governor, Rick Snyder has certainly been taking administrative action to help achieve some of his promised campaign goals. Recently Snyder took on the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth (DELEG) and revising the agencies within this department to help streamline the regulatory...Read more
There is no doubt that the most widely contested issue in America today is China and foreign trade. Due to the recent midterm elections in November, the public was subject to nearly 300 political ads centered on just the issue of outsourcing to China. Across the country, the problem...Read more
Recently a bill in Michigan that would have allowed, among other things, early Sunday morning liquor sales, was vetoed by Governor Jennifer Granholm on the basis that parts of it were unconstitutional. Now some fear that the bill went beyond the issue of early morning liquor sales or charging for wine tasting. ...Read more
Since the country has been in a recession for the past 2 years, several citizens have found that the economy itself seems to be crumbling under the pressure. The issue of fair or free trade with foreign countries has become a hot-button topic for candidates in the...Read more
The current landscape for Michigan's broadband network shows holes that must be filled in order for Michigan to not only bounce back from the most recent recession, but take the lead in creating 21st century jobs. Michigan has many areas that do not have competitive broadband markets. This...Read more
Telecommunications policy, specifically related to broadband internet access, has become an increasingly popular topic in Michigan within the last few months. Moving forward into this new century we should expect to see more policy initiatives in the broadband internet access arena.
There is a package of bills that has been approved in the Senate that will strengthen officer loan requirement laws. The package is supposed to help make loan officers more accountable for their actions. Many people have been tricked by loan officers into taking loans with higher rates, because banks...Read more
There are many workers in Michigan, and across the country that no longer have jobs, or expect to lose their jobs due to the fact that they never received a college degree. The No Worker Left Behind Program is a government sponsored program that provides up to $10,000 per year...Read more
As of right now, 93% of Michigan insurance companies use credit scores in order to determine rates that people pay for insurance. A person's credit score is created by using their educational level, occupation, and record of paying household bills. The credit score consists of: current account balances, reports of delinquencies, bank revolving...Read more
MIOSHA is Public Act 154, and it was created in 1974. Its main goals are to improve workplace safety, increase awareness and invlovement in workplace safety, and to strengthen public confidence through MIOSHA's programs and services.
In the late twentieth century the US was going through deindustrialization. The number of manufacturing jobs declines nearly 6 million between the late 1970s to 2005. This created a need for new industries and jobs. Consequently new goals and policies regarding economic development were written. One strategy was to use...Read more
On July 21, 2009 Governor Granholm announced that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) would help seven companies grow in Michigan. This would create and retain nearly 15,00 jobs and generate over $394.5 million in new investments for Michigan. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) approved state tax credits to...Read more