Covering the intersection of business and policy, and informing Michigan employers and workers on the long road back from coronavirus.
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
More than a third of Michigan farms are operated by farmers over 65. What happens when they retire?
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.
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.
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.
West Michigan leads the way in Michigan jobs recovery, while the state as a whole still trails the nation.
Here are the worst counties for job growth in Michigan, 2005 - 2013
Here are the best counties in Michigan for job growth, 2005 - 2013
Here are the top ten worst counties for total jobs performance, 2005 - 2013
Here are the top ten best counties for total jobs performance, 2005 - 2013.
Michigan, a pioneer of the American middle class, is adding jobs but wages have fallen below the national average in the past decade.
Here are the best counties for average wage gains, adjusted for inflation, from 1990 - 2013
Here are the worst counties for average wage losses, adjusted for inflation, from 1990 – 2013
Here are the best counties for average weekly wages as of September, 2014
Here are the worst counties for average weekly wages, as of September, 2014
Four-in-10 Michigan families can’t afford life’s basics, according to a report by the United Way. The report contends that helping struggling workers will ultimately benefit the state as a whole.
In far-flung rural Michigan, hardly anything is close by. It can be a problem for those in need of medical attention.
After growing up in Pure Michigan, millennials say they must leave a land they love to fulfill their career ambitions. Second of two parts.