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Lindsay VanHulle covers business and Lansing for both Bridge and Crain's Detroit Business.

State expands review of false fraud charges against workers

Review includes additional 30,000 computer-generated claims.

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Snyder: I’m warming up to business incentives

In a Q-and-A with Bridge, Michigan governor said he is growing more comfortable with business incentive legislation that likely will be reintroduced this session.




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Business incentives backers say they plan to keep trying

Stymied in lame-duck session, developers and economic development leaders across Michigan say they will lobby Lansing next year for nearly $300 million in new business tax incentives.




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$4 billion question: How to pay for infrastructure fixes?

In a state where new taxes are often a non-starter, the idea of raising more money for roads, bridges and drinking water lines has been a hard sell. Yet Michigan may have no choice.




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Pension, healthcare rollbacks for public workers die in lame duck

Efforts in Lansing to lower unfunded liabilities by converting pensions into 401(k)-like accounts for teachers and capping public employees’ retirement healthcare benefits will likely be renewed in January.




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Report: Michigan must spend billions more a year to modernize infrastructure

A governor-appointed commission says state must spend $4 billion more annually to update roads, bridges, energy and water systems. Michigan spends a smaller portion on infrastructure than the U.S. average.




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Unions vow to fight Lansing on public pensions, health care

Supporters of the bills, including GOP legislators and some municipalities, say generous benefits were promised decades ago in different economic times and are now unsustainable. Teachers and city workers say they’ve sacrificed enough.




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Business groups split on state Senate energy bills

Some large industrial companies and school districts saying the current legislation would force less expensive alternative electric suppliers out of business.




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How Trump impacts Michigan autos, healthcare and energy policy

President-elect Donald Trump has promised sweeping changes in trade policy, environmental regulations and Obamacare on the campaign trail. Here’s how these issues critical to Michigan are likely to play out, according to business and political leaders.




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Capitol Briefings: Bills would clarify insurance coverage for Uber, Lyft drivers

Michigan’s bills adapted from model language used in 40 states, insurance industry says




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Bills spark debate over ride-sharing upstarts at airports

Legislation to create a statewide licensing system for the ride-hailing companies, which let customers summon rides through smartphone apps, has the airports fighting back to protect other revenue streams.




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Democratic gains in House could shift debate on infrastructure funding

Michigan faces huge funding decisions on roads and water infrastructure as well as energy policy. In a state dominated by Republican leadership, will Democratic gains in the House on Nov. 8 change the legislative calculus?




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A budding market for risk-taking pot entrepreneurs

New businesses, from tech firms to labs, are forming to support Michigan’s growing medical marijuana industry, betting on full legalization one day.




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Michigan could gain millions in tax revenue in legal marijuana market

Changes in the medical marijuana market in Michigan could lead to more than $63 million in new tax revenue, estimates show.




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Gilbert brownfield bill raises questions about lost state revenue

Though advocates of a plan to capture Michigan sales and income taxes to offset the costs of large development projects contend the state wouldn’t award a project that didn’t yield more revenue than it gives away, criticism remains that bill is a giveaway to developers.




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Gilbert pitching Lansing to sweeten incentives for large developments

A group of real estate developers and economic development agencies is pushing a statewide plan to capture sales and income taxes to help sweeten a traditional brownfield incentive for large-scale projects. Will Gov. Snyder agree?




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Top priorities for GOP legislature this fall

With only 20 work days before Christmas, Republican lawmakers will make big push on energy package, while other priorities might have to wait




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How to keep retired business owners (and their cash) in Michigan

Many business owners fund their retirement accounts with income from selling their business. Can Michigan find ways to convince them stay and keep their money here, rather than Florida, when they retire?




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