Monday, May 08, 2006
Monday, May 8, 2006: Five Things You Need to Know
Opinions, bad days everyone has them: Stupak, Stabenow on Gas Prices (Northern Express), Recycling could bring jobs & money to Michigan (Oakland Press), You (Cavaliers) had a bad day (Cleveland.com - thanks Detroit Bad Boys).
Probing Michigan's Billion Dollar Tribal Casino Industry
Part two analyzes the structure of payments from the tribes to neighboring communities and there's also an article about recently introduced federal legislation from Rep. Mike Rodgers that would double funding for the National Indian Gaming Commission (the agency that monitors the roughly 400 tribal casinos and gambling operations nationwide). Rodgers says that the lack of state and federal oversight of Michigan's tribal casinos, combined with the amount of money flowing through, "is trouble waiting to happen if it hasn't happened already."
Read SPECIAL REPORT: TRIBAL GAMING: State is losing a casino jackpot in the Freep
Read TRIBAL GAMING: Casinos' neighbors: Give us our fair share
Read TRIBAL GAMING: Better U.S. control sought
Also see The 9 tribes that run casinos in state
Penske, Bing to be Tapped for Detroit Redevelopment
Read Penske, Bing to lead Detroit rebuilding from Crain's Detroit Business
Downtown Detroit Partnership web site
Phone, Cable Companies Battle Over Michigan Broadcasting
The Lansing State Journal reports on the battle between phone and cable companies being conducted over the airwaves. Michigan legislators are considering a bill that would help phone companies roll out new video services to compete with cable. AT&T and other backers say streamlining would stimulate competition in Michigan, where all but about 50 communities have just one cable provider but cable providers and local governments warn that the measure would keep the state from requiring service to everyone in a community in exchange for a licensing agreement - a requirement in existing contracts. You can view competing industry "advocacy" sites below.
Read Phone vs. cable debate takes to the air in the LSJ
Michigan Cable Companies' advocacy site
National phone companies' advocacy site
MI Boating Industry Pinched by High Gas Prices
Boating is a $3.9-billion industry in Michigan, employing some 51,000 people.
Read It's a nice day for boating. Let's not go in the Freep
Michigan Boating Industries Association web site
Teens Looking for Work Face Competition
The Detroit News reports that students looking for summer jobs are facing stiff competition from more experienced workers for traditional summer jobs. Patrick Anderson of Anderson Economic Group LLC in East Lansing said "Anytime the unemployment rate among adults is 6 or 7 percent, summer laborers are going to have a hard time finding jobs." The number of 16- to 24-year-olds with jobs or searching for them dropped from 127,000 in 2004 to 118,000 in 2005.
Read Students are losing summer jobs race in the Detroit News
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