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Lawmakers in Lansing are gearing up for a showdown over Michigan’s auto no-fault law. A group of Republicans and Democrats in the state House announced changes they plan to introduce.

They said their plan would make car insurance more affordable without limiting coverage.

The bipartisan group plans to introduce legislation that would, among other things, bar insurers from using factors like gender and zip code to set rates.

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Michigan voters polled are none to happy about the factors auto insurance companies use for setting premiums.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA conducted a survey on behalf of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. It wanted to know what voters thought about auto insurers using education level, marital status, employment and credit scores as determining factors.

For starters, 81 percent, an overwhelming majority believe they’re paying too much for auto insurance.

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Why has the Grand Rapids' downtown condominium market slowed? We take a closer look along with a new survey on business owner optimism.

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A Chinese furniture component manufacturer is expanding its U.S. presence into Cedar Springs. J-Star Motion Corporation, maker of office furniture industry linear motion and lifting systems, is investing $4.9 million into a new manufacturing facility at an existing site at 500 West Street in Cedar Springs.

Securing J-Star’s expansion into West Michigan was engineered by regional nonprofit economic development organization, The Right, with help from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

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The site plan for Grand Rapids’ $40 million Plaza Roosevelt is unveiled. WGVU takes a look at the details

When completed, Plaza Roosevelt will be a mixed-use development situated on two Grand Rapids city blocks on the east side of Grandville Avenue between Graham and Franklin Streets. 

What has been four years in the making and dubbed a $40 million “Neighborhood-Driven Development,” Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is taking the lead.

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Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority approved the mixed-use development project featuring a movie theater complex.

If all goes as planned, the $140 million mixed-use project could break ground later this year. Celebration Cinema is investing $100 million devoted to a multi-screen movie theater called Studio C! located within the Arena South District at Oakes and Cherry Streets.

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We discuss a movement backed by some Grand Rapids entertainment district establishment owners pushing for laws allowing for open containers. Also, health care consumerism backed by health insurance providers.

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The most recent Supply Management Research survey indicates the West Michigan’s economy is experiencing slower growth.

“This month we had a sharper drop in auto sales than we’ve had in any of the previous months this year.” That’s Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

He explains July marked the sixth straight month auto sales have been down year over year. “That means that we are reaching that level of saturation that we all knew we were going to meet eventually.”

Uncertainty in Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act is leaving many Michigan consumers in the dark on how much they will paying for health coverage next year.

President Trump is threatening to withhold payments to insurance companies that help make coverage affordable for people who buy their own health insurance. More than 300 thousand people in Michigan buy their coverage on exchanges set up under Obamacare.

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Jul 18, 2017
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The Right Place President Birgit Klohs joins us to talk about the latest in Economic Development, discussing a good jobs for Michigan bill passing and news about the Grand Rapids Economy.

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