Category Archives: Business

Four Ways Meijer is Morphing into Walmart (Including Donating to Privatize Your School)

ShareThere are a lot of reasons to choose Meijer over WalMart.  Meijer is based in Michigan rather than Arkansas.  Meijer is still a private business, 13th largest in the U.S according to Forbes, instead of a heartless corporation.  Some of Meijer’s workers are organized … Continue reading

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Kid Rock Speaks Out in Favor of Governmental Regulation, One of Two Reasons I’m a New Fan

ShareKid Rock just wrote an Op-ed in the Detroit Free Press in which he urges state legislators not to eliminate Michigan’s ticket scalping law via House Bill 5108.  The current law prevents scalpers from selling tickets above the face value.  Without the law, … Continue reading

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Governor Snyder Setting up Engler Style Tax Bomb

ShareJohn Engler, former Michigan Governor and current Washington lobbyist, includes among his successes cutting taxes 32 times “saving taxpayers nearly $32 billion.” At least six of those cuts lowered the Single Business Tax rate, a tax Governor Snyder eliminated all together.  Engler was able … Continue reading

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Drumroll Please . . . After Two Years of “Reinvention” We are Still the 47th Best State to do Business in!

Share For the third year in a row, Michigan was ranked 47th in Forbes’ Best States for Business and Careers list.  The people at Forbes were nice enough to let Governor Snyder write an op-ed to offer excuses for why his … Continue reading

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Yes, They Really are Stupid!

Share A number of times lately someone has said to me “either these Republicans are really smart or really stupid.”  I think the latter is far more likely.  I’d like to introduce two pieces of evidence to support the case … Continue reading

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The Children are Leaving, the Children are Leaving!

ShareGovernor Snyder, and his town criers (a.k.a. your elected officials), tell us that one of their top priorities is to stop college graduates from leaving the state.  In 2007, the last year I could find hard data on, the state lost about … Continue reading

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Burning on Biggby Coffee & Snyder’s Tax Giveaways

ShareI was driving through Grand Rapids and noticed a new Biggby Coffee billboard.  The billboard says something like “maybe you’ve heard, Biggby Coffe is accepting new franchise locations.”  While I’m a big fan of Michigan businesses, I am not a fan of Biggby Coffee.  Here is why. You may remember that … Continue reading

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WWYD about the Budget?

ShareFor the most part, Michigan Republicans have been able to put up a united front.  In fact, if you have talked to one, you have talked to them all.  One common line is “what would you do about the deficit?”  … Continue reading

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Business Climate in Michigan not as Bad as Republicans Advertise

ShareJase Bolger, the Michigan Speaker of the House, is one of many politicians who are deceiving Michiganders on the business climate in Michigan.  In Bolger’s recent Detroit Free Press Commentary, he said that Michigan is ranked 48th in “corporate tax … Continue reading

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