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Google-University of Michigan digitalization deal expands
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 (810 reads)


by Dave Gershman | The Ann Arbor News

Tuesday May 26, 2009, 1:54 PM

The University of Michigan is the first university to expand its book scanning agreement with Google Inc., paving the way for greater public access to electronic copies of works in the university's libraries.



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Let's graduate Michigan's income tax
Friday, May 22, 2009 (976 reads)


Detroit News Commentary

May 22, 2009

Michigan would be better off with a graduated income tax. Depending on where the levels are set, the state would significantly reduce severe public education funding shortfalls as well as the business tax burden. A graduated income tax is as important to Michigan's economic recovery as retaining college graduates to fuel our knowledge-based economy. Mentioned in the article is the Michigan Fiscal Responsibility Project, which is one of the Presidents Council's partners.



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Leadership transition reflects University of Michigan's growing influence in Ann Arbor economy
Friday, May 22, 2009 (772 reads)


Stephen Forrest's ascension to the chairmanship of Ann Arbor SPARK can be seen as a renewal of vows between the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor business community."The state and the people of this state absolutely depend on the health of the universities," Forrest told me in 2007. "We realize we cannot idly sit by and not play our proportionate role in the transformation that everybody knows we need to undergo."



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Grand Valley Provost receives top award
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 (794 reads)


The provost at Grand Valley State University was named recipient of the top annual award from a statewide association for higher education. Gayle R. Davis, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, will receive the Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award from the Michigan ACE (American Council on Education) Network at its June conference in Lansing.




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Gov. Granholm upset at some Republican senators' move to eliminate scholarship for college students
Sunday, May 17, 2009 (646 reads)


June 17, 2009/AP

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Wednesday she's giving a failing grade to some Republican senators' move to eliminate the Michigan Promise Scholarship for college students. "It will not stand," she told reporters after addressing a "Cities of Promise" conference at Michigan State University.


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Michigan lawmakers prepare to tighten college financial aid budget
Saturday, May 16, 2009 (593 reads)


June 16, 2009/Detroit News

Thousands of college students counting on state merit scholarships this fall may be in for a surprise, as lawmakers are poised to gut the state's financial aid budget. A Senate Appropriations subcommittee will likely take the first step in that direction today when it takes up a bill to eliminate the Michigan Promise Scholarship and slash the budget for need-based grant programs.



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Needed now: Tax reform in Michigan
Saturday, May 16, 2009 (619 reads)


July 15,2009/The City Pulse

Why does it seem like every time an economist hauls out a chart or graph on Michigan’s economy, the lines are always pointing in the wrong direction? Unemployment levels? Going up. The average Michigan salary compared to every other state? Going down. The average income for the state’s wealthiest? Going Up. The average income for the state’s middle class? Straight across. The tax money the state takes in? Going down. Sales tax money. Income tax money. Gas tax money. All of them. Down, down, down from the line representing the state’s projected economic growth in the future … such that it is.


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Ferris State University to break ground Friday on College of Optometry building
Thursday, May 07, 2009 (834 reads)


BIG RAPIDS -- Ferris State University's Michigan College of Optometry has been housed in Pennock Hall, a converted residence hall, for more than three decades. On Friday, the university breaks ground on a $26.9 million, 87,097-square-foot facility for the Michigan College of Optometry/Center for Collaborative Health Education.

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