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Election 2014
11:58 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Understanding Michigan's Proposal 1

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:20 pm

The Michigan primary election is on Aug. 5, and one of the things you’ll be looking at is Proposal 1. It asks voters to approve a tax policy change, but the proposal is very confusing.

To help us clear this up a little, Bob Schneider joined us today. Schneider is with the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. The organization is a nonpartisan non-profit group that objectively analyzes policy issues like Proposal 1.

*Listen to the full interview above.

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Michigan Business & Economy
10:27 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board

A state elections board has rejected a petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

A bipartisan majority of the Board of State Canvassers threw out dozens of signatures after a last-minute challenge from opponents. They say the signatures were from people who signed the petition more than once, which is illegal under Michigan election law.

“I’m 100% confident that what we’ve shown them in terms of duplication will be confirmed by any review of any of them,” said John Pirich with People Protecting Michigan Jobs, the group opposing the petition.

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Michigan Business & Economy
11:08 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Former Treasury Secretary Tells Michigan To Seek Chinese Investment

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (right) with President George W. Bush as his nomination to become Treasury Secretary was announced in 2006.
Credit Executive Office of the President files

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says foreign investment and immigration will be critical to turning around Michigan’s economy.

The former aide to President George W. Bush spoke before the Detroit Economic Club (DEC) Monday afternoon with Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Make Michigan attractive for investment, period. OK? Make it attractive,” said Paulson.

He says Michigan should especially look to China to help boost the state’s economy. He says many Chinese businesses are looking to expand overseas, and Michigan needs to make it clear they are welcome.

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Michigan Energy & Environment
10:14 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Regulators Wrap Up Hearings On "Fracking" Rules

Member of the public sports a “No Fracking” sticker on her clothes as she testifies before a panel of environmental regulators.
Credit Rick Pluta / Michigan Public Radio Network

UPDATE 2:35PM: Our story has been corrected because the ballot campaign is now looking to get a voter initiated law, not a constitutional amendment.

State environmental regulators will put the finishing touches on new rules regarding “fracking” now that public hearings have wrapped up. They expect to have the new rules adopted by the end of the year. But the state’s rules may not be the final word on the controversial drilling process

“Fracking” is a drilling method that pushes water and chemicals into wells to force out oil and gas deposits.

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Michigan Food & Agriculture
3:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Saskawhat? A Novel Berry Takes Root On Michigan Farms

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 2:23 pm

A new kind of berry has found its way into Michigan grocery stores. These dark purple fruits are called saskatoons.

This commercial cultivar of the wild juneberry is pretty common in Canada, but it hasn't been grown by farmers in the U.S. until recently. Here, the berry, also sometimes called the serviceberry, has been collected in the wild for generations.

One farmer who has started growing them in Michigan isn't quite sure how to describe the taste.

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