Stateside: Forecasting state economy; recommended winter reads; MI impact of European wine tariffs
Today on Stateside, economists forecast how much money the state of Michigan will bring in and what it will need to spend in the coming year. Plus, some Michigan reads to curl up with when you’re stuck inside during this weekend’s winter storm.
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State panel predicts slower economic growth for Michigan
- On Friday, state economists agreed on a revenue forecast that will determine the paramaters for Michigan's next budget. Revenues are expected to rise slightly this fiscal year - and the next one. But economic growth is forecasted to slow down. We discussed the outlook with Zach Gorchow, executive editor and publisher of Gongwer News Service, and former Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, now with the Small Business Association of Michigan.
Stay warm this weekend and curl up with one of our recommended Michigan reads
The bad news? A big winter storm is forecasted to bring a mix of freezing rain, snow, and flooding this weekend. The good news? It's the perfect weekend to stay in your pajamas and curl up with a good book. If you're looking for recommendations with a Michigan connection, writer and poet Keith Taylor has got you covered with book recommendations perfect for winter hibernation.
How European wine tariffs are impacting Michigan’s food and beverage industry
- President Trump has proposed imposing 100% tariffs on European wine imports starting January 14th. What does that mean for Michigan’s food and beverage industries? We talked to Elisa Weber-Saitin, sales manager for Little Guy Wine Co., which specializes in European wines. She explained what the tariff would mean for businesses, like hers, that import and sell foreign wine.
Roundup: Detroit property taxes, road funding plan, toxic green ooze
- It’s been an action-packed week in news—both in Washington and here in Michigan. We broke down some of the week’s top stories with our Friday political commentators. Bill Nowling is a partner at Lambert, a public relations firm in Lansing. Nancy Kaffer is an editorial page writer at the Detroit Free Press. We discussed the latest plan to fund our roads, plus how the city of Detroit overcharged tens of thousands of people for property taxes - often at the expense of their homes.