Turn the Lights Off If Nobody’s Home

Changes in how people are getting their electricity and the approaching closure of several coal-fired plants are leading Michigan’s energy providers to question the stability of our electrical capacity. You may have seen the television ads advancing the possibility of power shortages. Will rolling blackouts become common? Are we headed for an energy crisis? Is […]

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What’s In Your Wallet?

Check your purse or pocket. How many dollar coins do you find? When is the last time, or even the first time, that you have seen a Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea or Presidential dollar coin? Why were they ever minted? Of what value are these dollar coins, other than a dollar of course, in today’s […]

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The Incredible, Edible Egg

You may remember this advertising jingle to promote one of the least expensive sources of protein. I imagine that many people followed an Easter tradition of coloring eggs and placing them in Easter baskets, or having an Easter egg hunt. A couple of weeks ago we talked about the move by many fast food and […]

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Keeping the Supreme Court Busy

The US Supreme Court heard a case last Wednesday over whether the Environmental Protection Agency erred when it adopted the first ever regulations requiring power plants to cut emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants. This is one more in the string of cases the Supreme Court has heard challenging the legality of the […]

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Will We Ever Get A Budget?

President Obama released his budget for next year about a month ago. There was increased spending and taxes, no mention of cutting the deficit and a move to end the sequester legislation passed in 2011. Congress passed and the President signed the Budget Control Bill in 2011, designed to shave about $2 trillion from the […]

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The Real Impact of Obamacare

The Supreme Court last week heard another important case concerning Obamacare. Four plaintiffs have sued regarding the legitimacy of subsidies being provided to individuals in states that have not established their own health care exchanges. The case revolves around 4 words “established by the states”. While the judges debate the intentions of Congress the literal […]

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We Are What We Eat

Last fall the Agriculture Department released the results of its Annual Household Food Security in the US survey for 2013. According to the survey, 14.3% of US households, some 49 million Americans were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2013. Is food insecure the same as going hungry? Not necessarily.

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Real Changes for Food Stamps?

The topic of the food stamp program is always a hot button issue. Republicans are likely to once again try to reform the program. Democrats will charge that they are hurting those that can ill afford to have cuts. But is it time to make changes now that we have come out of the recession […]

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Michigan Is Not Alone

In states across the country, corporate subsidy programs are coming under scrutiny from elected officials on both sides of the aisle because of the significant impact these initiatives are having on government’s ability to balance the books. On Wednesday last week, Governor Snyder slashed more than $100 million in state department spending to help plug […]

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President Obama’s Budget: DOA?

President Obama called for sweeping tax increases last Monday in a budget proposal that dropped any quest for fiscal grand bargains with Congress. Is his proposal for more than $1 trillion in new tax measures over the next decade dead on arrival in Congress? Why were there no new measures to curtail entitlement spending? No […]

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