mergers http://michiganradio.org en What would happen if the US and Canada merged together into one big country? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-would-happen-if-us-and-canada-merged-together-one-big-country <p>If you live in Michigan, particularly the Eastern Upper Peninsula and the Southeast Lower Peninsula, chances are high that you’ve crossed the border into Canada. We certainly know that our Canadian neighbors are heading over here in hefty numbers. A check of license plates at Metro Detroit shopping centers makes a strong case.</p><p>Our next guest makes a case for taking these two large countries and merging them into one. She believes the two would become much stronger for joining together.</p><p>She is currently Editor at Large at the National Post, a blogger for the Huffington Post, and a Distinguished Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto. Her nine earlier books focused on politics, immigration, economics and finance and white collar crime.</p><p>Her newest book is “Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country.”</p><p>Author Diane Francis joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:03:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 15425 at http://michiganradio.org What would happen if the US and Canada merged together into one big country? Spartan Stores announces merger with Nash Finch Company http://michiganradio.org/post/spartan-stores-announces-merger-nash-finch-company <p><a href="http://www.spartanstores.com/">Spartan Stores, Inc.</a> and <a href="http://www.nashfinch.com/">Nash Finch Company</a> announced a merger agreement early this morning.</p><p>The Associated Press reported the following:</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:41:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13627 at http://michiganradio.org Spartan Stores announces merger with Nash Finch Company Voters will have a say in proposed merger of two West Michigan communities http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-will-have-say-proposed-merger-two-west-michigan-communities <p>Soon people living in the lakeshore cities of Saugatuck and Douglas will vote on a proposed merger of their local governments. The State Boundary Commission ruled today the question should be on the ballot in August or November.</p><p>A citizens group <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-look-merging-saugatuck-douglas-and-saugatuck-twp">began the process to merge in 2011</a>. The <a href="http://www.we-are-better-together.com/">Consolidated Government Committee </a>is pushing for the merger to save taxpayer money.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:37:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12188 at http://michiganradio.org Voters will have a say in proposed merger of two West Michigan communities Lansing's financial health will be reviewed by panel appointed by the mayor http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-financial-health-will-be-reviewed-panel-appointed-mayor <p>Lansing’s mayor has appointed a committee to take a hard look at the capital city’s financial health.</p><p></p><p>The committee is made up of some of Lansing’s top business and civic leaders.</p><p></p><p>Declining property taxes and state revenue sharing dollars combined with rising costs are squeezing Lansing’s finances.</p><p></p><p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says the committee will come up with short-term and long-term proposals for dealing with the city’s financial problems.</p><p></p><p>Former mayor David Hollister will chair the committee.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 22:40:58 +0000 Steve Carmody 9058 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's financial health will be reviewed by panel appointed by the mayor Mergers and Acquisitions http://michiganradio.org/post/mergers-and-acquisitions <p>There&rsquo;s been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth statewide over the new proposals the governor outlined in Grand Rapids yesterday, the ones especially that will affect local governments.</p><p>He proposes to hold back one-third of the revenue sharing money communities get from the state, and release it only if cities, villages and townships adopt certain reforms. Those would include putting all new hires on a pension plan based on what they and their employer put in, a so-called &ldquo;defined contribution plan.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 19:03:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1749 at http://michiganradio.org Mergers and Acquisitions