Sept. 9, 2011 – Week 1
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GROWINGJOBS – A swat team of economic gardeners is sweeping through Michigan next month to help 54 existing companies grow jobs. It’s part of a strategy switch from hunting for them from out of state firms. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. project could be the start of a broader implementation of such job creation efforts. FOR ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.
UNEMPLOYMENT FRAUD – State officials hope that a $2 million investment in software leads to a $50 million a year savings by preventing unemployment insurance fraud. Business officials say such fraud is a hidden tax harming Michigan’s economy. FOR ALL POINTS
TEENDRIVERS – A new state website aims at helping parents make their teen drivers safer. The site reinforces parental rules and agreements with teens on their driving behavior. Researchers say such a strategy reduces accidents and reckless driving tickets. FOR ALL POINTS
HEALTHCARE – As Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to tackle health care reform, Michigan business leaders say it boils down to three issues: Cost, cost, cost. Health care advocates say universal coverage is just as important. FOR ALL POINTS
UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE – A new report suggests that unemployment insurance helps the Michigan’s economy by putting money into customers’ wallets. But business leaders say reforms are needed for a system they say is a disincentive to hiring workers. FOR ALL POINTS
TEACHERPRIVATIZATION – A bill in the state legislature would allow private firms to bid on supplying teachers to public schools. FOR ALL POINTS
GEOTHERMAL – A southeast Michigan suburb has launched a pioneering geothermal utility. It’s part of an increasing trend in the Midwest of tapping the ground for cheaper energy. FOR ALL POINTS
Sept. 9, 2011 – Week 1