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Business Bridge

In partnership with Crain’s Detroit Business, ‘Business Bridge’ covers the intersection of business, politics and policy across Michigan

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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Entrepreneur program to offer training, microloans to 50 ex-inmates in Detroit

The pilot project, by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Kellogg Foundation and another group is a new effort to connect former prisoners with jobs




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Trump, Clinton economic views a complex buffet for Michigan business

Michigan business groups are mostly staying out of the fray when it comes to endorsing the two major presidential candidates. Tax and global trade policies under the next president are being watched closely by business leaders, including the Big Three.




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Protesters a thorn during Trump’s Detroit economic speech

Before an unusually rowdy Detroit Economic Club audience Monday, the Republican presidential nominee calls for cutting business taxes, reducing regulations and letting parents fully deduct the average cost of childcare from their taxable income.




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Michigan pilot extends Pell Grants to prison inmates

Michigan has received the second most grants in the nation in an effort to give prisoners the post-release skills they need to gain work and avoid crime.




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How Trump vs. Clinton is likely to impact state races

Business groups and chambers of commerce are backing pro-business candidates in Tuesday’s state House primary election with endorsements and campaign contributions. Yet uncertainty surrounding the presidential race could impact down-ballot races in November.




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Bills would restore tax credit for angel investors

Venture capitalists point to the credit as a way to make Michigan competitive with other states for startup funding, which they say sends the message that Michigan welcomes entrepreneurs.




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Sale of Willow Run site to center for driverless car testing could close next summer

But the American Center for Mobility still lacks $60 million in federal funding said to be needed for the project, which is expected to open in 2018.




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In the driverless car race, California companies have eye on Michigan

Out-of-state companies are looking establish offices in Michigan to be closer to the state’s auto industry. Economic development leaders hope this will boost the state’s cachet as a leader in the nascent mobility industry.




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Battle in Lansing over community colleges expanding 4-year degrees

Conflicting bills are prompting a debate over the mission and funding of community colleges, with four-year colleges and universities defending their turf.




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‘Smart road’ speed, location sensors going on up Michigan roads

Transportation officials say the sensors on southeast Michigan roads are designed to alert connected and driverless cars of the future to potential hazards, and help the state take the technological lead in automated driving.




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Senate leader trying to find a third path on state energy overhaul

A proposal by the Senate energy committee chair is meant to address the Michigan Chamber’s concern about alternative energy mandates. Environmentalists say the new measure could make it harder for them to intervene.




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Gov. Snyder: I’m still politically relevant

As Gov. Rick Snyder seeks to focus his message on Michigan’s future, the jury remains out on whether his administration, post-Flint, has the clout to help shape solutions for Detroit schools, statewide infrastructure repair and other policy priorities.




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Michigan’s record on infrastructure: Ignore everything

The last time Michigan’s infrastructure performance was measured was 2009; when we were bottom in the nation. Then things got worse.




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Charters chafe at commission oversight in Detroit

The proposed Detroit Education Commission is the centerpiece of a debt-relief proposal in Lansing favored by the governor, and the city’s mayor, business and education establishment. On the other side: Michigan’s charter school industry.




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Flint water, city schools on agenda at Mackinac biz conference

The annual conference on Mackinac Island, a wonkfest of deep policy discussion and open bars, will address some of the state’s most vexing infrastructure and education issues.




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At odds over betting: Michigan’s last two horse tracks battle over electronic wagering

Hazel Park Raceway (thoroughbreds) and Northville Downs (harness racing) are battling to the wire over a bill intended to help preserve Michigan’s race industry.




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Michigan looks to lead on regulation of autonomous vehicles

The state is one of the first to pass laws on the driverless cars of the near future. One lawmaker says he hopes Michigan can be a model for others.




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