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President Donald Trump isn't budging on his international tariff stance so far despite remarkably public pleadings from House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies to back off his threat and avoid a possible trade war.

Trump says, "We're not backing down." But he's holding open the possibility of exempting longstanding friends Canada and Mexico if they agree to better terms for the U.S. in revising the North American Free Trade Agreement.

President Donald Trump says "we're not backing down" on his push to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum despite criticism from fellow Republicans. WGVU’s Patrick Center spoke with an economics professor about those tariffs - and the potential for a trade war – and what its impact could have on Michigan consumers and industry.

“Here in Michigan we make cars. We’re good a t making cars. We make a lot of them.”

Dr. Paul Isely is currently the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

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In a recent poll commissioned by Michigan NORML, which is the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, indicates a majority of state voters are in favor of legalizing marijuana.

Business Leaders for Michigan, a business roundtable of the state’s executives and university leaders, has released its latest quarterly forecast predicting the enactment of the federal tax reform bill will be benefit to Michigan’s economy. WGVU takes a look at the numbers.

A Business Leaders for Michigan survey indicates companies will increase their capital investment with 52-percent of respondents expecting their companies will do just that.

Foremost Farms

Wisconsin-based Foremost Farms is expanding in Greenville investing tens of millions of dollars creating jobs. Foremost Farms is a dairy processing cooperative based in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Its milk processing and marketing cooperative that is farmer-owned. The co-op has roughly 1,400 dairy farmer members. Its annual sales are $1.5 billion ranking 28th in the nation.

Michigan exports several billion dollars in automotive and agriculture goods to Canada and Mexico each year. With the United States renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with its neighbors, non-profit regional development organization, The Right Place, along with the Van Andel Global Trade Center invited area business leaders to meet privately with the Canadian Consul General for an update on negotiations.

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Veronica Kirin

Feb 14, 2018

Local author and entrepreneur Veronica Kirin joins us this morning to talk about her business. 

The 2018 West Michigan International Women's Day Celebration takes place February 28 at DeVos Place. We talk about the details with Wolverine World Wide’s Dani Zizak and Inforum's Terry Barclay.

The Better Business Bureau reminds you to not have your heart broken by getting scammed. Phil Catlett and Attorney Beth Swagman join us this morning.