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Last Week on the MLC Blog

Oct 22, 2018

What can partisan control of the US House tell us about who may control the Michigan House next term? In his latest blog post, MLC lobbyist Brendan Ringlever looked at historical trends that for decades have mostly mirrored one another. Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September declined to 4.0%. The Department of Environmental Quality […]

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September Unemployment Rate Declines

Oct 19, 2018

Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month declined by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.0%. The rate is seven-tenths of a percentage point below September 2017. Last month total employment grew by 1,000, while the number of unemployed was reduced by 8,000. For the first time since September 2000 the number of unemployed fell […]

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Funds Awarded for Water Quality Improvement

Oct 19, 2018

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is providing $80 million in loans to fund municipal water and sewer projects to improve water quality and protect public health. The Governor’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission has reported that there is an $800 million annual gap in funding water-related infrastructure needs. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) […]

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Coast Guard Approves Straits of Mackinac Protection Measure

Oct 19, 2018

The United States Coast Guard approved a Straits of Mackinac “no anchor” zone, which provides protections and safeguards to Michigan’s waters and the utility infrastructure in the area. Boats dropping anchors in the area where there is utility infrastructure could cause severe environmental damage and threaten to disrupt critical energy and communication services. In May, […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of October 20 – 26, 2018

Oct 19, 2018

On Wednesday, October 24 at 8 p.m. gubernatorial candidates Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette will participate in a debate on WDIV-TV in Detroit. The House and Senate are not scheduled to hold session during the week.

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General Election Overview: 81st House District

Oct 18, 2018

Through the general election on November 6, the MLC Blog will be highlighting races generally considered swing seats, ones either party could win because of the voter base.  Candidate’s website and professional information is listed when available.  District Overview The 81st House District is located in St. Clair County.  Commentary Representative Dan Lauwers (R) is […]

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General Election Overview: 79th House District

Oct 18, 2018

Through the general election on November 6, the MLC Blog will be highlighting races generally considered swing seats, ones either party could win because of the voter base.  Candidate’s website and professional information is listed when available.  District Overview The 79th House District is located in Berrien County in Southwest Michigan.  Commentary Representative Kim LaSata […]

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General Election Overview: 78th House District

Oct 17, 2018

Through the general election on November 6, the MLC Blog will be highlighting races generally considered swing seats, ones either party could win because of the voter base.  Candidate’s website and professional information is listed when available.  District Overview The 78th House District is located in Berrien and Cass Counties.  Commentary Representative Dave Pagel (R) […]

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