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Category Archives: Economy
We’ve been here before. As gas prices climb, there is the unavoidable fret that tourism will suffer. High prices at the pump are forcing visitors to cut back on their vacation spending, a trend local tourism officials hope will turn … Continue reading
A new Pew Center for the States report looks at public pensions. In the midst of the Great Recession and severe investment declines, the gap between the promises states made for employees’ retirement benefits and the money they set aside … Continue reading
Now that ‘taxes’ have become a dirty word in America, I recommend that, during all present and future partisan wrangling, all warring parties use the term ‘revenue.’ We already say ‘spending,’ so what’s the big deal in using a normal … Continue reading
A new Agriculture Renaissance Zone has now been approved, clearing the way for a $7.5 million expansion of Shoreline Fruit south of Elk Rapids at Angell Road and U.S. 31. Details are in today’s Record Eagle, page 3A. More good … Continue reading
Regional News The former Dura plant in Mancelona has a new owner. 7 & 4 News has confirmed that the current owner of the building at 310 Palmer Road, has an agreement with a company that has plans to reopen … Continue reading
News flash: McDonald’s is adding 50,000 jobs. The Atlantic Also see: CSM For those who say economic recovery is all about job creation, this is good news to be celebrated. But is it really? Consider this: McDonald’s always staffs up for the … Continue reading
Finds broad support for federal budget bill USA Today video See previous posting. I sort of nailed the ‘both sides claiming victory,’ but there is not as much public skepticism as I thought there would be.