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“Jobs and Kids. Kids and Jobs”: Gov. Snyder Tells WaPo How Mitt Romney Can Flip Michigan

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by Rob Smith In an August 28, 2012 video interview, Michigan’s Republican governor told WaPo interviewer Nia-Malika Henderson that he and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney “have a lot of similarities.” Snyder urged Romney to “get a positive message out there.” Several times during the interview, Snyder talked about “job creation” and “a future for our [...]

August 30th, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Economic Development,Edu,Featured,Politics,U.S. politics,Urban Exile | Read More »

Groupon Belly Flops Into Michigan’s Social/Tech Start-Up Pool

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by P.D. Lesko Groupon was founded and is headed by graduates from the University of Michigan. In January 2012, former AnnArbor.con business reporter Nathan Bomey wrote a glowing piece about Groupon, its founders and their connection to the local “job innovator” scene. The Groupon “success story” should be seen as more of a cautionary tale [...]

August 20th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor SPARK,Econ,Economic Development,Featured | Read More »

Still Stealing You Blind: Ann Arbor SPARK Spends $7.7M & Creates 79 Jobs

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by Rob Smith The 1 percent here in Ann Arbor are just different than us. They look at out-of-work folks and hungry children, homeless men and women tossed out of Camp Take Notice, struggling small businesses and cash-strapped school districts, and then light their clove cigarettes with other people’s $100 dollar bills. They feel good [...]

June 26th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor SPARK,Econ,Economic Development,Featured,Taxes | Read More »

House Calls: Rep. Jeff Irwin — “Snake Oil Salesman” Republicans Have Slowed Michigan’s Recovery

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Representative Jeff Irwin, a Democrat, served for a decade as a Washtenaw County Commissioner. In January 2011, he began his first term in the Michigan House of Representatives. In his regular column, House Calls, A2Politico will pose a single question to Representative Irwin and he will answer it. The questions will focus on his work in [...]

April 11th, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Economic Development,Featured,House Calls,Michigan politics,Politics,Taxes | Read More »

On European Trade Trip, Gov. Snyder Promotes Failing Mich. Tech Firm That Has Lost $412.3M Dollars Since ’09

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A2P Notes: In Fall 2010, A123 Systems opened what the company touted as the “world’s largest lithium ion automotive battery manufacturing plant in North America” in Livonia, Michigan. According to a September 13, 2010 piece in the New York Times, the company was able to open the plant thanks to the fact that the move [...]

March 21st, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Economic Development,Featured,Michigan politics,Politics,Taxes | Read More »

Photos Reveal Michigan “Trade Delegation” to Europe “Exploring Growth Opportunities”—At Italian Art Museums

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by Rob Smith In the March 13th issue of the New York Times there is an article about the severe economic problems that face Italy. That country, like Michigan, has been in one of the deepest recessions on record. Unemployment in Italy last measured at 9.2 percent in March 2012—just about the same as Michigan’s [...]

March 19th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor SPARK,Econ,Economic Development,Featured,Michigan politics,Politics,Taxes | Read More »

Green Energy Programs in Michigan Rely Heavily on Federal Subsidies—Some U.S. Senators Want To End the Flow of Money

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by Rob Smith Federal funding for rail. Federal funding for roads. Federal funding for green energy. Between 2009 and 2011, the state of Michigan has been the recipient of over $17 billion dollars in federal stimulus money also known as “recovery” money. In Wayne County, local K-12 school and governments received over $2.4 billion dollars [...]

March 9th, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Economic Development,Featured,Michigan politics,Money,Politics,Taxes,U.S. politics | Read More »

Michigan Backs Financial Scheme of Convicted Felon & Now Taxpayers on the Hook for $18 Million

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by P.D. Lesko Guess what you can get in Michigan for a $10,000 donation to Rick Snyder’s campaign? You can get $18,000,000 in state money to bail you out when your project crashes and burns just 10 months after it’s launched. You can also get a seat on the board of the economic development entity [...]

February 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor SPARK,Econ,Economic Development,Featured,Michigan politics,Politics,Taxes | Read More »

How The 1 Percent Create Jobs: Officials Dump Millions In Public Money Into Local Job Creation & Exercise Little Oversight

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by P.D. Lesko Michigan has bled jobs, and the state’s residents have suffered Depression-era unemployment levels. The Detroit Free Press recently concluded in its report card evaluation of Governor Rick Snyder that Snyder’s first year in office has been all about “jobs and kids.” The Freep went on to give Mr. Snyder a rather inflated set [...]

January 10th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor SPARK,Econ,Economic Development,Featured,Money,Taxes | Read More »

New Report: Michigan Economy Is Moving “Significantly Backward” By Hiking Taxes on the Poor

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by P.D. Lesko The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals, released a report that concludes Michigan is one of just three states in the country that has [...]

November 16th, 2011 | Posted in Econ,Economic Development,Featured,Michigan politics,Taxes | Read More »

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