Author: Andy Balaskovitz

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Planning for a more electrified transportation future gained steam in Michigan this year with multiple spending plans totaling $85 million, as well as... [Read More]
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Proponents of statewide and local ballot initiatives went four-for-four on election night, establishing a new process for drawing legislative district... [Read More]
Two large-scale renewable energy projects are moving forward along a stretch of M-46 in eastern Muskegon County. One would be the largest solar projec... [Read More]
Grand Valley State University researchers have found the benefits outweigh the costs of Grand Rapids' investment in green infrastructure to limit stor... [Read More]
In politically conservative Calhoun County, Scott Fleming embraces the economic potential of legal marijuana businesses. As the CEO of the Marshall Ar... [Read More]
Grand Valley State University researchers have found the benefits outweigh the costs of Grand Rapids' investment in green infrastructure to limit stor... [Read More]
  Fluctuating water levels remain a fact of life along the West Michigan coast and for inland lakes. As recently as 2013, historically low Lake... [Read More]
Initiative would establish bipartisan commission to set districts, voting advocates say Major Michigan business groups say a statewide ballot initiati... [Read More]
Consumers Energy plans a major shift to solar energy over the next two decades, but the extent to which the Jackson-based utility will rely on... [Read More]
June was a busy month for the Michigan Legislature. In the lead up to its three-month summer break, the Republican-led House and Senate passed a... [Read More]
An often overlooked component of the ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan would create a commercial market for pot's more... [Read More]
On the label of a recently released pale ale, New Belgium Brewing Co. proclaims "Hops and hemp reign — together at last." The Fort Collins,... [Read More]
Citing onerous and biased rule-making functions at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce has long sought... [Read More]
Solar industry advocates are dismayed by a recent Michigan Public Service Commission decision that phases out net metering after June 1.  The new... [Read More]
About 70 miles north of Grand Rapids, water conservation groups continue to put pressure on a pair of developments that would withdraw hundreds of gal... [Read More]
Congress controls the purse strings, and if last year is any indication, it will rebuff the Trump administration's effort to gut hundreds of millions... [Read More]
While closing coal-fired power plants is often lauded for improving air quality, it's also saving billions of gallons of water a year from being withd... [Read More]
Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed final state budget includes hundreds of millions of dollars in one-time investments, increased funding for roads and years... [Read More]
GRAND RAPIDS — While Grand Rapids residents voted more than five years ago to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, city offici... [Read More]
 President Trump's recent decision to impose tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels will raise prices for consumers and eliminate... [Read More]
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