Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University

Uncertainty creeping into the national and global economy is impacting the confidence level of local purchasing managers in the May Supply Management Research survey.

There are also signs the economy is slowing “Our local index of business confidence as fallen to near record low levels.”

Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

“And at the same time, who also surveys business confidence for the United States, indicates that their survey has fallen to a record low level.”


A state elections board is going to work on new rules to govern petition drives that want to get issues before the Legislature or on an election ballot.

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers faces a complicated situation. Last year, Republicans in the Legislature adopted a law to make it harder for petition drives to succeed. Earlier this year, Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a formal opinion. It strikes down much of what Republicans enacted. Republicans are now challenging that opinion in court.


       “And we’ll see what happens…”

A jury is expected to begin deliberations tomorrow in the trial of former Michigan State University Dean, William Strampel.  Strampel is accused of two felonies and two misdemeanors.

Strampel was the dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU.  Prosecutors say he used his position as dean to try to get sexual favors from female students.  They also say Strampel did not properly oversee Larry Nassar after an internal investigation.

Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.

AAA: Michigan gas prices drop 15 cents to $2.75 per gallon

Jun 10, 2019


  DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have dropped about 15 cents from a week ago at about $2.75 per gallon.

The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 27 cents less than a year ago as higher stock levels of gasoline make up for higher demand.

AAA says the state's highest average was in Marquette at around $2.83. The lowest price was in the Lansing area at roughly $2.69 per gallon.

  WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's declining teacher salaries are leaving many educators feeling undervalued and pushing some to leave the field.

The average salary for Michigan teachers continued to decrease last year, contributing to a 12% decline over the last decade, according to new data from the National Education Association, a labor union.

Warren challenges Sanders for progressives' 2020 support

Jun 10, 2019
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As a Michigan field organizer for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, Mike McDermott trained volunteers to knock on doors and call voters, helping the Vermont senator upset Hillary Clinton in a crucial Midwestern state.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has asked a federal court to accept her arguments supporting a group of Detroit parents who have sued the state.
                The families want the court to rule their children have the right to good schools and an adequate education.

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Millions of dollars overlooked for funding a major road project in Muskegon County have been restored.

Sherman Boulevard is one of the most heavily travelled roads in Muskegon County providing access to the Mercy Hospital campus and Lake Michigan beaches. In need of repair, the Sherman Boulevard infrastructure project was drawn up and budgeted.

As West Michigan continues to recruit skilled workers to the area to fill roughly 80,000 open jobs, the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is hoping they’ll consider Muskegon as a place to live.

In an effort to increase the City’s relevancy nationwide, officials hope a new magazine will help sell Muskegon as a vibrant Lakeside community that has just as much to offer as Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Holland do.

Cindy Larsen is the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber President.


A new idea to raise money to fix the state’s roads involves selling state assets to pay for the infrastructure. The assets include the Blue Water Bridge.

A spending bill in the state House includes a requirement that the Department of Transportation put together a proposal for the potential sale of multiple assets. The assets include a railroad line, 8 welcome centers, the Blue Water Bridge and 4 airports.

Republican Representative Shane Hernandez is chair of the House committee in charge of the state budget. He says this is just one option to explore.