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MIRS provides comprehensive news and analysis of state government delivered in written reports detailing the activities of the House, Senate, Judicial and Executive branches of Michigan state government.

Michigan News And Capitol Report, Week Ending Fri., January 12, 2018

RSQE: State's Economy More Diversified Than In The Past

Throughout the 1980s, 1990s and even the first decade of this century, Michigan politicians and economists have lamented how Michigan's economy is so closely tied to the fate of the North American automotive industry.
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NAFTA Withdrawal Could Add 6,400 MI Jobs Or Cost 7,000

If President Donald TRUMP's administration walks away from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Michigan could either pick up a small number of jobs, or lose a small number of jobs, depending on whether the action sparks a trade war with Mexico, an economist told state budget officials Thursday.
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Meekhof, Leonard Have Different Visions For Extra Money

State government is set to close the books on Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 with about a $1 billion in lapsed money and Michigan's two legislative leaders have different ideas on how to spend it.
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Committee Discusses Tourism Marketing Fix-Up Package

Regional tourism bureaus and businesses within the tourism industry would be encouraged -- but not required -- to sing from the same state-approved hymnal when it comes to marketing their region, under legislation discussed in a Senate committee Wednesday.
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MIRS Monday Podcast

Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint), chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, announces a significant development for the state Capitol. Neeley grades Gov. Rick Snyder's handling of the Flint water crisis. What steps can state government take next in Flint? The Black Caucus' four 2018 priorities are also discussed.

Also, which 10 Republican House members were trades union representatives focusing on during last week's prevailing wage-preservation lobbying day? MIRS runs down the list and discusses some of their similarities. Is Protect Michigan Jobs in trouble of not having the signatures needed to get to the Legislature? How far away is the Clean Michigan Government from their signatures? This and much more on this week's edition.

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