The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Granholm, GOP OK $1.5 billion jobs stimulus package

  • Up to $450 million through the Venture Capital Investment fund to help start-up companies succeed;
  • New tax incentives to encourage investors to make and keep their investment dollars in Michigan;
  • Revamped rules which will lower fees and produce less red tape for new businesses in Michigan;
  • New incentives to encourage life sciences companies to use Michigan suppliers and services.
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MDOT's road funding budget concentrates on 'preserve first'

LANSING - A "21st Century Jobs Fund" was created Nov. 21 when Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed bills that will invest more than $2 billion in diversifying Michigan's economy and increasing employment. ..

'A' for effort on DTE-Rouge powerhouse outage

A new and improved Unit 3 at DTE Energy's River Rouge Power Plant is up and running. ..

Mason's handy invention - arrives on store shelves

Eric Gallup has a good grip on the five-gallon bucket market. ..

Construction pay fair to middlin' by comparison

Construction workers, as a group, are about in the middle of all wage packages compared to other occupations, says a new report by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. ..

The Gangbox

No minimum wage in Congress. The Republican-controlled Congress, which has blocked a raise in the minimum wage three times this year, voted Nov. 18 to give itself its eighth pay raise since the federal minimum wage was last raised in 1997. ..

News Briefs

Building rate remains steady
The value of new U.S. construction starts in October was valued at a seasonally
adjusted annual rate of $668.5 billion, unchanged from September. ..