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Capitol Briefings: Bills would clarify insurance coverage for Uber, Lyft drivers

November 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s bills adapted from model language used in 40 states, insurance industry say

Bills spark debate over ride-sharing upstarts at airports

November 3, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Legislation to create a statewide licensing system for the ride-hailing companies, which let customers summon rides through smartphone apps, has the airports fighting back to protect other revenue streams

Democratic gains in House could shift debate on infrastructure funding

October 23, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan faces huge funding decisions on roads and water infrastructure as well as energy policy. In a state dominated by Republican leadership, will Democratic gains in the House on Nov. 8 change the legislative calculus?

A budding market for risk-taking pot entrepreneurs

October 17, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

New businesses, from tech firms to labs, are forming to support Michigan’s growing medical marijuana industry, betting on full legalization one day

Michigan could gain millions in tax revenue in legal marijuana market

October 17, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Changes in the medical marijuana market in Michigan could lead to more than $63 million in new tax revenue, estimates show

Gilbert brownfield bill raises questions about lost state revenue

September 25, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Though advocates of a plan to capture Michigan sales and income taxes to offset the costs of large development projects contend the state wouldn’t award a project that didn’t yield more revenue than it gives away, criticism remains that bill is a giveaway to developers.

Gilbert pitching Lansing to sweeten incentives for large developments

September 18, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

A group of real estate developers and economic development agencies is pushing a statewide plan to capture sales and income taxes to help sweeten a traditional brownfield incentive for large-scale projects. Will Gov. Snyder agree

Top priorities for GOP legislature this fall

September 11, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

With only 20 work days before Christmas, Republican lawmakers will make big push on energy package, while other priorities might have to wait

How to keep retired business owners (and their cash) in Michigan

September 8, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Many business owners fund their retirement accounts with income from selling their business. Can Michigan find ways to convince them stay and keep their money here, rather than Florida, when they retire

Entrepreneur program to offer training, microloans to 50 ex-inmates in Detroit

August 28, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The pilot project, by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Kellogg Foundation and another group is a new effort to connect former prisoners with job

Trump, Clinton economic views a complex buffet for Michigan business

August 14, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan business groups are mostly staying out of the fray when it comes to endorsing the two major presidential candidates. Tax and global trade policies under the next president are being watched closely by business leaders, including the Big Three

Michigan pilot extends Pell Grants to prison inmates

August 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan has received the second most grants in the nation in an effort to give prisoners the post-release skills they need to gain work and avoid crime.

How Trump vs. Clinton is likely to impact state races

August 1, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Business groups and chambers of commerce are backing pro-business candidates in Tuesday’s state House primary election with endorsements and campaign contributions. Yet uncertainty surrounding the presidential race could impact down-ballot races in November

Bills would restore tax credit for angel investors

August 1, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Venture capitalists point to the credit as a way to make Michigan competitive with other states for startup funding, which they say sends the message that Michigan welcomes entrepreneurs.

Sale of Willow Run site to center for driverless car testing could close next summer

July 24, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

But the American Center for Mobility still lacks $60 million in federal funding said to be needed for the project, which is expected to open in 2018.

In the driverless car race, California companies have eye on Michigan

July 18, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Out-of-state companies are looking establish offices in Michigan to be closer to the state’s auto industry. Economic development leaders hope this will boost the state’s cachet as a leader in the nascent mobility industry

Battle in Lansing over community colleges expanding 4-year degrees

July 11, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Conflicting bills are prompting a debate over the mission and funding of community colleges, with four-year colleges and universities defending their turf

‘Smart road’ speed, location sensors going on up Michigan roads

June 27, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Transportation officials say the sensors on southeast Michigan roads are designed to alert connected and driverless cars of the future to potential hazards, and help the state take the technological lead in automated driving.

Senate leader trying to find a third path on state energy overhaul

June 20, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

A proposal by the Senate energy committee chair is meant to address the Michigan Chamber’s concern about alternative energy mandates. Environmentalists say the new measure could make it harder for them to intervene.

Gov. Snyder: I’m still politically relevant

June 5, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

As Gov. Rick Snyder seeks to focus his message on Michigan’s future, the jury remains out on whether his administration, post-Flint, has the clout to help shape solutions for Detroit schools, statewide infrastructure repair and other policy priorities

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