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A bi-partisan group of former Michigan legislators is pushing for a gas tax increase dedicated to state infrastructure improvements.

A Grand Valley State University economist forecasts a the year ahead with the potential for a shallow recession.

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Legislators in Lansing debate craft beverage industry bills. The impact company culture has on retaining and attracting talent. T'is the holiday and economic forecast season.

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Economists at the University of Michigan say in an annual forecast that the U.S. economy will continue to grow in the coming years and add jobs.

Researchers at the school's Department of Economics put out the assessment Thursday. They say overall economic output growth, as measured by gross domestic product, will rise to 2.2 percent during 2017, 2.5 percent in 2018 and 2.1 percent in 2019.

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The Right Place CEO Birgit Klohs joins us today to discuss the proposed federal budget cuts and how they will impact economic development and work in our region.

Muskegon economy forecast: things are looking up

Jan 27, 2017

A day after experts forecast a slower 2017 economy in Grand Rapids that may ultimately lead to a recession, one economist says the future is looking bright in Muskegon.

While experts have said the economy will slow down in Kent and Ottawa counties in the next year, specifically in job growth, just 40 miles away at the Muskegon County annual economic forecast, experts say the county’s best days may be still ahead.

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Real Estate Giant Colliers International held their annual West Michigan economic and commercial real estate forecast for 2017 on Thursday at the DeVos Place  downtown, as experts predicted that continued economic success in West Michigan will fuel new investment in office, retail and multifamily sectors. 

However, keynote speaker and economist Paul Isley of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University says while 2017 looks strong, a recession could be coming our way.

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

The west Michigan economy slowed during the month of December. You can chalk it up as a holiday slowdown. As we enter January and the new year, what is the outlook among purchasing managers surveyed each month for the Supply Management Research Report?

“The Stock Market is in record territory right now.” Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. “This means that business confidence has improved and our local number for business confidence are as good as they’ve been all year long.”