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Michigan’s economic axis tilts away from Detroit

January 6, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Looking for opportunity? Go west.

Trump’s tax audit and his bid for a Detroit casino

October 13, 2016 | Rick Haglund

A Detroit casino wasn’t in the cards for Trump, undone by some of the same issues dragging down his presidential campaign today, including a battle over tax returns

7 things every Michigan business startup must know

August 16, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Too many new entrepreneurs make the same, avoidable mistakes. In a state badly lagging in new businesses, executing a sound plan is critical. Our experts tell you how.

Michigan and the death of entrepreneurship

August 9, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

If the state doesn’t create a new generation of business owners, its future will remain hostage to the swings of the manufacturing sector

In Cheboygan, waiting for entrepreneurs to take a chance

August 9, 2016 | Jacob Wheeler

The city’s downtown stores are shuttering. While some hope for a shift to a tourism-based economy, a port project is betting on new industry

Protesters a thorn during Trump’s Detroit economic speech

August 9, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Before an unusually rowdy Detroit Economic Club audience Monday, the Republican presidential nominee calls for cutting business taxes, reducing regulations and letting parents fully deduct the average cost of childcare from their taxable income

Booming again: West Michigan’s economy is on a roll

June 23, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

The Grand Rapids region continues to surge ahead, adding jobs (if not high wages) across a wide area. Can its success be exported to the rest of Michigan

10 counties with lowest jobless rate

June 23, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Slideshow photo gallery of the 10 Michigan counties with the lowest jobless rate as of April 201

10 counties with biggest increase in jobs

June 23, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Slideshow photo gallery of the 10 Michigan counties with the biggest increase in jobs from 2012-201

10 counties with greatest growth in average weekly wages

June 23, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Slideshow photo gallery of the 10 Michigan counties with the greatest growth in average weekly wages from 2011-2015

10 counties with highest weekly wages

June 23, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Slideshow gallery of the 10 Michigan Counties with highest weekly wages in 201

Dow Chemical being courted by other states

May 18, 2016 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

If more business-friendly states come calling, can Midland hold on to thousands of high-paying jobs? A test of Gov. Snyder’s economic development strategy.

People need jobs. Factories need workers. Busing, a love story.

May 10, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A partnership is connecting poor, hard-to-employ Flint residents with a factory hungry for workers in Howell. How a public-private transportation program is helping both sides thrive.

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

April 5, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

Even as Michigan's unemployment rate falls below 5 percent, some 300,000 workers seeking full-time jobs are stuck with part-time paychecks

With gas prices falling, should the state start collecting taxes for roads now?

January 14, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

November's tortuous road-funding deal called for a raise in gas taxes beginning next year to help repair crumbling roads. But why not raise taxes this year, when gas prices are cheap, easing the tax burden in 2017? Lansing, that’s why

The graying of Michigan farmers, and what they will leave behind

November 5, 2015 | Ron French

More than a third of Michigan farms are operated by farmers over 65. What happens when they retire?

Interactive map: How old are YOUR farmers?

November 5, 2015 | Bridge Staff

As Michigan farmers age, farmland is more likely to be concentrated in the hands of fewer people in the future. See how farmers in your county are aging.

Michigan’s stumbling middle class

August 13, 2015 | Ron French

Think you’ve got it tougher your parents did? You’re right.

Interactive map: See how much the middle class has lost in your county

August 13, 2015 | Bridge Staff

See how much ground the middle class has lost in every Michigan county since buying power peaked, in an interactive map that confirms what you’ve feared when you pay your monthly bills.

Lawmakers to big box stores: Pay your fair share of taxes!

August 11, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Legislators want to stop big box retailers from using a controversial tax strategy that is cutting their property tax payments in half; a maneuver that small towns say is crushing their budgets and spreading to other businesses.