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Michigan's economy will keep growing but at a slower rate, resulting in stable tax revenue growth at a time new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer begins working to put her imprint on state spending.

That is among the takeaways from Friday's semiannual meeting where the state treasurer and legislative fiscal experts agreed to consensus economic and tax projections. The Democratic governor will use the numbers when drafting her first budget proposal, due to the Republican-led Legislature in March.

  

Leaders of local health care providers assembled at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids Friday morning to hear the 10th annual West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast.

The Better Business Bureau serving Western Michigan has compiled its list of the top scams of 2018.  They’re hoping area residents can avoid these pitfalls in 2019 and they have a couple of tips to help in the New Year.

Scammers were on the move in 2018… and the Better Business Bureau serving Western Michigan wants you to be aware of the numerous scams and how to avoid them.  They’ve created a list of the top ten from 2018.

Justin Amash U.S. House of Representatives photo
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President Donald Trump says it would be "very surprising" for him not to declare a national emergency if he can't make a deal with Democrats to pay for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.

WGVU spoke with a West Michigan Republican congressman about that option.

“I get the sense that the President is getting ready to declare an emergency and that will give him the cover that he believes he needs to support legislation that doesn’t provide him the funding that he’s asking for.”

That’s U.S. Representative Justin Amash.

John Meacham speaking at GVSU Eberhard Center
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Presidential historian John Meacham, author of the recently released book “The Soul of America” visited Grand Valley State University in partnership with the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Meacham explains the political rancor permeating American society is nothing new offering a way forward. 

Authorities say a 10-year-old boy was taken into custody after bringing a loaded handgun to his Michigan school. Police say the boy made fellow students at Eagle's Nest Academy in Flint aware that he had the gun Thursday morning and one of them brought it to administrators in the school's office. No one was injured. 

Baker College plans to close several of its Michigan campuses as part of a consolidation effort that's designed to strengthen its future educational offerings. The Flint Journal reports the school said Thursday it plans to close its Flint Township campus by the end of August 2020 and move operations to its Owosso campus. The newspaper says Baker College also plans to move operations from Allen Park, Auburn Hills, and Clinton Township to a flagship Detroit-area location.

Authorities say, Muskegon County residents should be on the lookout for phone scammers who claim to be the Muskegon County Sherriff’s office.

According to officials, the scammers tell victims they have an arrest warrant, and unless they purchase ‘Pay Cards’ to post bond over the phone, officers will soon come to their home, and haul them off to jail.

Muskegon County Sherriff Michael J. Poulin warns local residents not to be fooled.

An executive with the nonprofit that owns the SAT will lead the largest department in Michigan government.
 
     Robert Gordon was named director of the Department of Health and Human Services by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday. He's senior vice president of finance and global strategy for The College Board.
 
     He previously worked in the Obama administration, in the Education Department and Office of Management and Budget. He also clerked for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
 

Officials say a security breach at a Michigan provider of HIV/AIDS care services and substance abuse treatment has compromised some patients' personal and medical information.
 
     Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center says a "limited number of patients" were notified about the breach linked to a phishing scheme that affected an employee's email account last April. The organization says affected information included Social Security numbers, full names and addresses.
 
     Letters were recently sent to affected patients.
 

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