"True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance" -- Henry David Thoreau.
* Bridge reported last week that a center of contention in efforts to streamline state regulations may be how the state regulates -- some might even say hampers -- the alcoholic beverage market. TheMackinacCenter for Public Policy has long had the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in its sights -- and it is happy to share with you the many reasons why:
* This seems exceedingly relevant to many of the policy discussions going on in Michigan right now: Cities = economic strength.
* Aubrey McClendon runs a huge petro firm in Oklahoma City. He also happens to own property on the Lake Michigan shoreline near Saugatuck (via a firm called Singapore Dunes LLC). His plans for using said property, which are now covered with sand dunes, has been the center of a major fight involving questions of zoning, fair treatment, conservation and local control. Now he seems to have some trouble closer to home:
* A former General Motors production site gets a cool new name -- Site36. Now all it needs is actual business activity:
* Comerica used to be based in Michigan. It's now based in Texas. It just reported a big boost in loan earnings in Michigan-- but is reducing its loan business in the state. I guess there's a reason I don't have an MBA:
* Stryker Corp. was based in Michigan. Oh wait, it still is based in Michigan -- Kalamazoo to be exact. The medical equipment firm also had a good first quarter of 2012:
* When thinking of Michigan, one doesn't usually think of dude ranches, but a big resort ranch located between Muskegon and Pentwater in West Michigan is looking to hire a bunch of people for the summer: