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Michigan News And Capitol Report, Week Ending, Fri., May 27, 2016

State Adds 36,000 Jobs In April

New numbers released by the state show Michigan's economy added 36,000 jobs during the month of April. The numbers come as 17 of the state's major labor markets experienced declines in jobless rates and 15 experienced gains in employment.  "Payroll jobs rose and jobless rates fell throughout the state in April 2016," said Jason PALMER, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. "These were typical seasonal trends for the month of April."
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Energy Policy Reform Moves Out Of Senate Committee

A major update to the state's 2008 energy law moved out of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee Wednesday with the support of the state's two major utilities and the Governor's office, but without the backing of environmentalists and the alternative energy suppliers (AES).
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HICA Changes Highlights FY '17 Budget Adjustments

The state would use around $430 million in income tax money as a way to draw down its federal Medicaid money as opposed to using revenue streams the feds aren't allowing, under legislation that moved out of a Senate Committee Wednesday.
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Arwood: MEDC Balances Economic Gardening, Hunting

When it comes to investing in existing companies here and working to attract companies from out-of-state, the head of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) said his agency is doing both.
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