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Rick Haglund has had a distinguished career covering Michigan business, economics and government at newspapers throughout the state. Most recently, at Booth Newspapers he wrote a statewide business column and was one of only three such columnists in Michigan. He also covered the auto industry and Michigan’s economy extensively.

Trump’s tax audit and his bid for a Detroit casino

A Detroit casino wasn’t in the cards for Trump, undone by some of the same issues dragging down his presidential campaign today, including a battle over tax returns.

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Community colleges pushing skilled trades, but students aren’t buying

Despite sunny promises, most community college students are shunning careers in manufacturing, technical and skilled trades, leaving Michigan employers and the colleges themselves bewildered.




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Troubling times for Michigan’s community colleges

Struggling students and falling enrollment are presenting challenges to Michigan’s 28 community colleges. Their leaders are aiming to reverse fortunates with innovative job programs.




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Benchmark: Jobs

In Detroit, there are stirrings of job growth in the usual places, but data is still scant on improving prospects for most city residents.

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Michigan residents below average in ‘real’ income

New federal income statistics allow workers and businesses to compare how far their paychecks will stretch in different cities and states.




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Is Michigan in another auto bubble?

Growing inventories and modest sales forecasts raise questions about Gov. Snyder’s pledge to “double down” on auto industry and manufacturing investments.




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Benchmark: Jobs

High unemployment and a modestly educated workforce present a tough challenge. A push to attract highly skilled immigrants may boost job hopes.




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As Detroit auto show revs, America cools to car culture

Around 800,000 people are expected to check out the auto industry’s latest models during the nine-day run of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opens to the public Saturday. They’ll ogle the shiny sheet metal, jump into the drivers’ […]

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Future job growth favors West Michigan

  Michigan’s economic axis is tilting west, which will likely create thousands of good-to-high-paying jobs in the Grand Rapids and Traverse City regions, as well as Ann Arbor, over the next decade. While metro Detroit is expected to add the largest number […]

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Out-of-state banks rule in Michigan

Gov. Jennifer Granholm got a surprise phone call at home from Ralph Babb on a late-winter Sunday night in 2007. Babb, the CEO of Comerica Bank, stunned Granholm with news that Comerica would announce the next day that it was moving its […]

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Michigan’s Biggest Banks

Out-of-state banks now dominate the state, with only two Michigan-based banks among the top 12. The list below is from the Michigan Bankers Association, as of June 30. Bank name State HQ MI branches Deposits (in billions) MI market share (by deposit) […]

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Can fancy finance fund fights against social ills?

A new method of financing government programs such as early childhood education and prison reforms is generating a near giddiness among states and philanthropists eager to participate. Social impact bonds allow foundations and private-sector investors to participate in funding programs aimed at […]

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Michigan philanthropists have a ‘sense of urgency’ on education

The Council of Michigan Foundations is the nation’s largest regional association of grantmakers, representing 350 foundations and other grantmaking organizations in the state. Foundations are playing an increasingly prominent role in Michigan as state and local government budgets that support for communities, […]

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New Michigan Scorecard: Five years later, state still stuck in neutral

Despite a rebounding auto industry and real estate prices beginning to turn around, Michigan is barely moving the needle in many other quality of life rankings against other states. That’s the somewhat humbling message of this year’s Michigan Scorecard, compiled through a […]

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Michigan Scorecard solutions elude policymakers

This year’s Michigan Scorecard shows the state needs to boost educational performance, reduce poverty, repair crumbling roads and trim the percentage of residents without health insurance. Fortunately, there are proposals in Lansing that would address those issues that affect the quality of […]

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How a Michigan entrepreneur overcame pork politics

Marc Santucci’s long experience of working in international trade came in handy, strangely enough, when he stepped out of that world several years ago and became a Michigan pig farmer. His effort to import blond Mangalitsa pigs from Hungary to Haslett pulled […]

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As vets find jobs contractors fight hiring preferences

Reconnecting military veterans to the workplace after they have served their country has been one the most talked about labor market issues by state and federal policymakers in recent years. After all, what could be more noble than helping veterans, many of […]

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Vets fare better on front lines of job search

Despite a perception that veterans are having a particularly hard time finding jobs, the unemployment rate for veterans in Michigan is lower than for the overall work force. Unemployment rates for veterans and for all Michigan workers: Year Veterans Overall 2005 7.0% […]

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