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  1. The economies of Michigan: Flint

    article – 02/08/2017 - 11:05am

    ... recession and it declined again in 2013. Click on a sector to add it to the chart below. In inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars. ... continued growth in telecommunication. “Diplomat just went public and sold $200 million worth of shares,” he said. Other good news: ...

  2. Traverse City’s dilemma: Why this hot vacation mecca can’t attract young workers

    article – 09/13/2015 - 7:14pm

    ... they live farther from work and don’t have access to public transit. A minimum-wage worker would need to work close to two ... happens when you don’t do that.” Growing healthcare sector The rental crunch is making it more challenging for employers to ...

  3. How often does your school hold back kindergartners?

    article – 03/26/2013 - 7:58am

    ... ‘redshirt’ kindergarteners Using data compiled by Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing-based research firm, Bridge has created a ...

  4. Interactive graphic: See college acceptance rates at YOUR school

    article – 01/19/2017 - 12:59pm

    ... Michigan schools Most colleges across Michigan, both public and private, have seen a marked increase in applications, which has ... Only 1 university in Michigan has a 4 year graduation ...

  5. Gov. Bill Milliken: Too good -- and steely -- to fail

    article – 12/19/2016 - 2:02pm

    ... down to him was not just a business, but a reverence for public service. His dad was mayor of Traverse City, and he, like his father, ... Craig Ruff is a senior policy fellow with Public Sector Consultants in Lansing and a member of the Center for Michigan's ...

  6. Construction industry sees more work, more jobs on Michigan’s horizon

    article – 01/04/2017 - 9:53am

    ... cliff appears to be holding back private investment, while public agencies keep trimming construction budgets," Simonson said. The ... jobs over the next two years. Bridge: Health sector surges, but Michigan economy still faces educational drags Bob ...

  7. In an improving economy, Michigan workers’ part-time blues

    article – 01/09/2017 - 11:32am

    ... said Peter Ruark, senior analyst for the Michigan League for Public Policy, a Lansing-based nonprofit policy organization. “If you ... Those losses accelerated a shift toward the service sector, a broad category that encompasses everything from trade and utilities ...

  8. Local govn'ts say union relations are fine

    article – 03/23/2012 - 8:55am

    ... General Motors standing at its forefront. If major private sector employers of union labor want Right to Work, their enthusiasm is muted, ... Manufacturers Association). Could this all be about public sector unionism -- an area where unionization rates are far higher, ...

  9. Retirees sweat as courts weigh cuts to pension and health care

    article – 01/04/2017 - 9:52am

    ... 11/13/2013 - 11:21am The pain Public Sector retirees will feel with retiree healthcare/pension reductions cannot ...

  10. As special interests drag down government, private entities move to public’s aid

    article – 04/09/2013 - 7:30am

    ... of charter schools, designed to fill gaps left by poor public schools, while the worst schools are being forced into the Educational ... to move forward in vigorously creative ways while the public sector flounders. Examples abound: * The Kalamazoo Promise , funded ...