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Shifting middle-class fortunes transform Michigan’s ‘cottage on the lake’ lifestyle

Richard and Patricia Dolland spent countless warm summer days and cold winter nights in their rustic cottage in Northern Michigan. Every few weeks, they’d drive three hours north from their Macomb County home to the cabin that Richard himself built 40 years […]

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One-two punch for Michigan students: more loans, high interest rates

Michigan’s student debt problem is getting worse, with college kids borrowing almost $1.9 billion. In just one year. At the state’s public universities alone. The tab is even bigger than it sounds. A Bridge Magazine analysis of loan data reveals that the […]

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One policy change can help end blight of abandoned property in Michigan

For decades, many U.S. communities have suffered from population loss and economic decline, resulting in widespread abandonment of industrial and commercial buildings. In Michigan, according to the Center for Automotive Research, about 105 of the 170 automotive plants built here since 1979 […]

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*On the subject of death, surveys show most people will agree to practically any “life-saving” treatment available. Doctors, by contrast, would reject almost all of the current treatments in such situations, except for pain meds. Why?: “First, few non-physicians actually understand how […]

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Immigrants can help revitalize Michigan

Michigan State University and its surrounding community of Lansing-East Lansing are among the Top 10 for largest international student enrollment in the United States. Each fall, more than 6,500 international students — 1,800 of whom are new to the university —  arrive […]

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So you think you are a member of the middle class?

Marketers aim for its money, politicians insist they are looking out for its best interests, and the vast majority of Americans claim to be members of this club. Yet there is no universal agreement of what it means to be middle class. […]

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*Maybe this is a great idea for Atlanta, Ga., and maybe it isn’t. But just note the difference in ambition between this project and Michigan’s inability to figure out a reliable funding stream to fix the transport net it now has: “His vision […]

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MSU prof preps state’s spirits to follow craft beer’s success

Kris Berglund’s business cards identify him as a distinguished professor of food science and chemical engineering at Michigan State University, which is a pretty fancy title for someone who spends time tending a still. But don’t allow thoughts of Hatfields, McCoys and […]

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Three reasons why you should want to know your hometown’s fiscal score

Those of us who have been around for a while remember the opening of each “M*A*S*H” episode, with the doctors and nurses rushing to the incoming helicopters to retrieve and assess the newly injured soldiers.  In the medical profession, the exercise they […]

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*Michigan is in the national mainstream when it comes to the identity of its highest-paid public state employee. In about 40 states, that person is the coach of a collegiate football or men’s basketball team. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo would be Michigan’s […]

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*In “The real problem with law schools: They train too many lawyers,” Eric Posner writes, “The figures are grim, and the human cost is real. Ninety-two percent of 2007 law school graduates found jobs after graduation, with 77 percent employed in a position […]

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As cars get safer, gun deaths eclipse traffic fatalities

If you live in Michigan, you’re more likely to die from a bullet than from a motor vehicle accident. In 2010, the death toll from motor vehicle traffic accidents in Michigan was 942, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. That same […]

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Property value drops exceed 30 percent in parts of SE Michigan

It might be only a slight exaggeration to say that as Southeast Michigan goes, so goes the state. The region, with roughly 50 percent of the state population and the driver of half its economic activity, suffered the steepest drop in the […]

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Billions more lost, but property value drop slowing

In five years, total Michigan property values plunged by more than $260 billion, according to an analysis of state records by Bridge Magazine. But while the decline continued over the last year, it slowed considerably. Values dropped from $725.5 billion in 2011 […]

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Guest column: University research alliance boosts economy, jobs in Michigan

By Jeff Mason/University Research Corridor As Michigan’s economy continues its resurgence, the three major state universities that make up Michigan’s University Research Corridor are doing their part to educate and develop the workers who can give businesses a clear advantage in today’s competitive […]

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Detroit’s troubles spreading to other Michigan cities, finance expert says

With Detroit’s recent appointment of an emergency manager, the state and the region will witness a long-deliberated and – for many city residents – hotly contested financial restructuring in one of the nation’s major municipalities by a gubernatorial appointee. Eric Scorsone, who […]

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MSU expert has surprising advice about liberal arts degrees, job hunting

Phil Gardner is the director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. For the past 23 years, he has overseen MSU’s annual college labor market study, a much-watched barometer of the job market for college graduates and the health […]

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