Politics/Government

Pure Michigan Campaign Returns, Showcasing Winter Recreation And Travel

LANSING–After a months-long hiatus caused by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget cuts, the Pure Michigan advertising campaign is returning to the airwaves, touting the state’s many winter recreation activities. The new ad, “Still Pure,” encourages safe travel while enjoying outdoor activities in the winter months. The regional and in-state Pure Michigan winter advertising campaign will run

By |2020-12-29T18:40:21-05:00December 29th, 2020|Featured, Politics, Politics/Government|

Pure Michigan Offers Michigan-Made Gift Guide

LANSING—Holiday shopping is in the home stretch, and the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Pure Michigan business promotion efforts is offering shoppers ways to consider giving Michigan-made products, supporting local retailers and restaurants, or presenting the perfect Michigan getaway as a special holiday gift this year. “The memories made exploring and enjoying the state of Michigan

By |2020-12-18T17:10:11-05:00December 18th, 2020|Featured, Politics, Politics/Government|

NIST Issues Reports That Raise Challenges To IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act

WASHINGTON DC - As the Internet of Things grows to connect an amazing diversity of devices to electronic networks, four new publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology offer recommendations to federal agencies and manufacturers alike concerning effective cybersecurity for these devices.   The four related publications will help address challenges raised in

By |2020-12-18T17:10:39-05:00December 18th, 2020|IoT, Politics, Politics/Government|

MPSC Approves $100 Million Rate Hike For Consumer Energy – $9.17 More A Month For Residential Customers

LANSING - The Michigan Public Service Commission this week approved a $100 million increase in the electric rates for Consumers Energy, increasing a residential customer using 500 kilowatt hours of electricity by $9.17 more per month, an 11.93 percent increase. Consumers had sought an increase in its electric rates of approximately $254 million, which would have a total impact to customers of $289

By |2020-12-18T17:10:39-05:00December 18th, 2020|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|

State Issues RFP For Apprenticeship Funding To Train Underrepresented Populations

LANSING— Michigan state government released a competitive Request for Proposals this week for organizations to provide $11 million in funding to build apprenticeship programs for more than 6,000 people from underrepresented populations, including youth and veterans in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers in advanced manufacturing, construction, energy, healthcare, information technology and mobility sectors. Funds provided by

By |2020-12-18T17:10:40-05:00December 18th, 2020|Featured, Politics, Politics/Government|

MDHHS Updates Priority Group Information For Vaccination; Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard

LANSING - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated information in its priority groups for vaccination administration document and launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard to help Michiganders track information about the vaccine across the state. MDHHS expanded its guidance to allow Michiganders 16 years of age and older to receive the vaccine

By |2020-12-16T20:32:14-05:00December 16th, 2020|Coronavirus, Politics, Politics/Government, Science|

Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative To Provide $10 Million Grants For COVID Recovery

LANSING—The Michigan Strategic Fund board has approved a $10 million grant program to help meet the urgent needs of small businesses disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative will utilize federal CARES Act funding to award grants of up to $15,000 to more than 650 small businesses across Michigan.

By |2020-12-04T18:24:32-05:00December 4th, 2020|Business, Politics, Politics/Government|

Net Neutrality Fight Is About To Come Roaring Back

WASHINGTON DC - An old battle over who governs the internet will likely reignite as Democrats take control of the Federal Communications Commission following the inauguration of Joe Biden. Reinstating Obama-era net neutrality rules thrown out under the Trump administration will likely be a top priority for the agency, experts say. Earlier this week, FCC

By |2020-12-06T13:41:20-05:00December 4th, 2020|IoT, Politics, Politics/Government|

Gov. Whitmer Wants ‘Lame Lame Duck’ Session

LANSING - If the Legislature isn’t going to put some type of mask mandate into state law, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said last week she believes the rest of the legislative year should be a “lame lame duck.” Whitmer told reporters that lawmakers had eight months during which to pass legislation that would codify her executive orders

By |2020-11-30T09:40:12-05:00November 29th, 2020|Politics, Politics/Government, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Brom Stibitz Michigan CIO On “A” Grades From Digital States Survey

ANN ARBOR - The State Of Michigan again earned "A" grades from the Center for Digital Government for the sixth straight time, only one of two states to be accorded this honor. Brom Stibitz the Michigan CIO joins Matt Roush and Mike Brennan on MITech TV to discuss what this means for the state and

By |2020-11-13T10:41:59-05:00November 13th, 2020|Cyber Defense, mitechtv, Politics, Politics/Government|