money en Rick Pluta talks about money and March Madness <div><p>There is almost a billion dollars worth of state surplus. Should the state spend it or give it back to taxpayers? Should we get a rebate, or should that money be put towards fixing roads and helping schools? And what about the Detroit bankruptcy?&nbsp;</p><p>Also, March Madness is upon us. President Obama chose Michigan State to win the NCAA basketball championship. But who did Governor Snyder pick?</p><p>Rick&nbsp;Pluta,&nbsp;Captiol&nbsp;Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of It's Just Politics, joined us today.</p></div><div><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</em></div><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:41:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 16920 at Rick Pluta talks about money and March Madness Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 <p></p><p>There are more than 70 virtual currencies in the marketplace.</p><p>You may have heard of the biggest players:&nbsp;Bitcoin, Ripples, and Litecoin, which are taking out the middleman and reinventing the meaning of money. The idea is gaining momentum among college students. Today, we heard how virtual money is opening doors for young Michigan entrepreneurs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then, school districts around the nation and right here in Michigan are talking about ways to accommodate transgender students. The ACLU of Michigan's </span>LGBT<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Project (</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman,serif'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is already working on model policies.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And we spoke with some talented Michigan musicians about how their EP (extended play recording) reached No. 2 on the iTunes electronic charts with virtually no promotion.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:50:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 16497 at Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 Bitcoin digital currency could be the way of the future, according to two Michigan students <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bitcoin: Is it something that could alter centuries of banking and money practices? Or is it an unstable "funny money" fad?</span></p><p>Bitcoin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a digital currency or "cryptocurrency" not backed by any central bank.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But our next guests are banking on </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">b</span>itcoin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Kinnard<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Hockenhull<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> actually left the University of Michigan to set up his </span>bitcoin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> business called </span>BitBox<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And Daniel Bloch is a U of M junior in the College of&nbsp;</span>Literature, Science and the Arts<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and Engineering. He's working with </span>Hockenhull<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on </span>BitBox<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and he's launched his own </span>bitcoin-based<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> nonprofit called </span>Coingive<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;that tries to give charities a helping hand with </span>bitcoin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. They joined us today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:34:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 16494 at Bitcoin digital currency could be the way of the future, according to two Michigan students It's a tough time to be a millionaire in Michigan <p>A report from the <a href="">Phoenix Global Wealth Monitor</a> says Michigan had fewer millionaires in 2013.</p><p>Michigan had around 170,000 households with more than a million dollars in investable assets. But that's 10,000 fewer than in 2012.&nbsp; &nbsp;Michigan's top year was 2007, when it had more than 214,000 millionaires.</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16079 at It's a tough time to be a millionaire in Michigan One investment fund bets big on Michigan <p>Can a Michigan investment fund make big money by investing only in mid-size Michigan companies?</p><p>That’s the idea behind the Michigan Prosperity Fund.</p><p>It’s the brainchild of Michigan native Martin Stein, founder and CEO of private equity firm Blackford Capital.</p><p>Stein previously based Blackford out of LA, but says he started noticing a trend: about 70% of the companies he invested in were in the Midwest and on the East Coast.</p><p>“So, on the business side, it made a lot of sense for us to be closer to where we were investing in companies,” says Stein.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:41:42 +0000 Kate Wells 14440 at One investment fund bets big on Michigan Stateside for Thursday, August 1st, 2013 <p>People around the world and right here in Michigan are rethinking money in order to ease financial woes, and they're doing it with local currency. On today's show we found out what it is, and where it's working.</p><p>And, we headed up north to a resort town where a vacation can lead to putting down roots and building a business.</p><p>Also, one of the co-founders of The Artist Lounge joined us to tell us about how her business is breathing new life into Pontiac.</p><p>And, the Farm Bill and food stamp programs expire at the end of September. We took a closer look at what this means for Michiganders receiving federal food assistance.</p><p>Also, we spoke with Micki Maynard about what she thinks the future of personal transportation will look like.</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;State Senate panel has voted to make more than 300,000 Michiganders eligible for Medicaid in 2014. And that's not all: the GOP-led Government Operations Committee said yes to two alternative plans.</span></p><p>So, from the Senate ticking off Governor Snyder by adjourning without voting on the House-passed Medicaid expansion plan to this Senate Panel serving up not one, not two, but three Medicaid proposals, it's a lot to keep track of.</p><p>We turned to Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing reporter Jake Neher for a little help in sorting this all out.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:41:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 13800 at Stateside for Thursday, August 1st, 2013 Bay Bucks: The local currency of Traverse City <p>Today on Stateside, we talked with currency expert, journalist, and author Jacqui Dunne about local currencies. In case you're still a little unclear as to how a local currency would work in everyday life, we found out more about it.</p><p>Dena Ames is a Traverse City resident. She works at Oryana Natural Food Market where they use and exchange a local currency called Bay Bucks.</p><p>Dena Ames joined us today from Traverse City to talk about how Bay Bucks are helping the local economy.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:30:14 +0000 Stateside Staff 13793 at Bay Bucks: The local currency of Traverse City Local currency one answer to Detroit's problems? <p>As Detroit makes unhappy history by becoming the biggest city in American history to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, the focus has been on money and how the city doesn't have enough of it to meet its crushing obligations.</p><p>There are financial experts who believe the troubles facing Detroit and many other cities and states is a warning, a warning that we as a society need to rethink our monetary system and look at the advantages of a local currency.</p><p>What's wrong with our current money system? And how would local currencies help solve many problems?</p><p>We turned to the co-author of the book "Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity Into Prosperity" for answers. Jacqui Dunne is a currency expert and a journalist.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:53:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 13797 at Local currency one answer to Detroit's problems? Stateside: Moving to an electronic currency <p>How would consumers in America function without paper currency?</p><p>Miles Kimball, Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, <a href="">advocates the switch from paper to electronic currency</a>.</p><p>“The thing you want to do is make it so we can stimulate the economy with monetary policy. A lot of people don’t realize that the reason we’ve had such a long recession is because the Federal Reserve was not able to lower the interest rate because of the way our system uses money. If you tried to make the interest rate negative, which would be what is needed to stimulate the economy, then people would just keep money under the mattress. Because of that, the Federal Reserve is not able to lower the interest rate low enough to get the economy moving.” Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:36:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10399 at Stateside: Moving to an electronic currency Money talks: Often, it's negative. <p>This election year has seen a huge increase in the amount of money being spent on political campaigns compared to previous years. A lot of that money is being spent on negative political ads on TV.</p><p>As Michigan&rsquo;s primary election gets closer, and the general election is only four months away, we&rsquo;re going to see more and more political TV ads. And the bulk of those ads are going to be negative ads.</p><p>&ldquo;I hear the negativity all the time. I&rsquo;m tired of it. Tell me what it is you want to do not what you think the other guy is going to do,&quot; said Troy Hemphill.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t like to listen to that. I want some positive information,&quot; Kiirsten Olson insisted.</p><p>&ldquo;Even when you think, &lsquo;I&rsquo;m not going to listen to negative ads, I&rsquo;m not going to listen to negative ads,&rsquo; and then one creeps inside your brain. And then it sticks,&rdquo; Shannon Rubago bemoaned.</p><p>Those are pretty typical responses of a couple of groups of people we talked to. We showed them a series of negative ads to see what their reactions would be.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 8078 at Money talks: Often, it's negative. Money Talks: Out-of-state influence on Michigan voters <p>Michigan&rsquo;s Republican presidential primary elections are over.&nbsp; But, primary elections for federal and state legislators are in August.</p><p>Already out-of-state groups are spending tons of money to influence Michigan voters.</p><p>Big money often buys votes. Usually, that includes a lot of big money from out-of-state groups.</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 6486 at Money Talks: Out-of-state influence on Michigan voters Michigan homeowners improve on energy efficiency <p><em>by Tanya Ott for The Environment Report</em></p><p>It&rsquo;s cold outside&hellip; and maybe inside, if your house isn&rsquo;t properly insulated. Home energy efficiency is a big issue and a new study gives Michigan kudos for making it a priority.</p><p>Randy Rice has lived in his Southgate, Michigan house for 13 years. He&rsquo;s lived there &ndash; and often shivers there&hellip;</p><p>&ldquo;Certainly believe that the air was leaking upstairs. We could feel some breezes. I just saw dollars flying out the window.&rdquo;</p><p>Rice replaced the windows five years ago and it helped&hellip; but he still worries about leaks around the windows. So he called in...</p><p>&ldquo;Amanda Godward, with Ecotelligent Homes. I&rsquo;m the owner and energy auditor.&rdquo;</p><p>Godward&rsquo;s first step is to interview customers like Randy Rice. She takes house measurements, checks out insulations in the attic and windows. Then&hellip;. she goes all high tech with the &ldquo;thermal infrared scan.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We use this to find flaws in the insulation, in the walls, without having to do any destructive testing.&rdquo;</p><p>She turns on a fan that pulls all of the air out of the room. It creates a vacuum so cold air from the outside is pulled inside. She can see, on a scanner, all the little cracks and holes where air is sneaking in.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5514 at Michigan homeowners improve on energy efficiency Need tips to help get through the recession? Get Midwest money help from CNN's experts <p>The recession has played havoc with personal finances all over the Midwest, whether you&rsquo;re starting from scratch, or trying to stretch your budget to get through these hard times.</p><p>It can be hard to get good advice on what to do.</p><p>Rest easy. We&rsquo;re offering some Midwest Money <a href="">help</a>.</p><p>Two of the country&rsquo;s leading experts on personal finance issues &mdash; CNN&rsquo;s <a href="">Ali </a><a href="">Ve</a><a href="">lshi</a> and <a href="">Christine Romans</a>&ndash; are teaming up with Changing Gears to provide some answers.</p><p>Each week, Ali and Christine tackle pressing financial dilemmas on their CNN program, <a href="">Your Money</a>, and they&rsquo;ve compiled their tips in the new book, <a href="">How to Speak Mon</a><a href="">ey: The Language and the Knowledge That You Need Now.</a></p><p>Here&rsquo;s your chance for Midwest Money advice.</p><p><a href="">Send us </a>anything that&rsquo;s on your mind, from retirement, to job hunting, to your mortgage and more.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll pose your questions to Ali and Christine, and publish their answers every day during the week of Dec. 19. And, if they pick a question that you sent in, you&rsquo;ll get an autographed copy of their new book.</p><p>Post your questions <a href="">here</a>. Fri, 02 Dec 2011 18:51:35 +0000 Micki Maynard 5228 at Need tips to help get through the recession? Get Midwest money help from CNN's experts Campaign finance and the Michigan U.S. Senate seat (audio) <p>Third quarter fundraising results are being reported by those in the race for Michigan&rsquo;s U.S. Senate seat. Here to to look at why the money matters are Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants and Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service.</p><p>We also talk about Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s comments about his decision to run for a second term.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:03:18 +0000 Jennifer White, Mercedes Mejia & Zoe Clark 4475 at Campaign finance and the Michigan U.S. Senate seat (audio) Best government money can buy? <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Once upon a time, I was in a social studies class in eighth grade, and we were studying how our system of government works. We were told that in America, we had free elections.</font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 14:57:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4410 at Best government money can buy? 13,000 Michigan families to lose cash assistance <p>About 13-thousand Michigan families will stop getting money from the state on October 1st. That&rsquo;s when the families will reach their five-year federal lifetime limit for cash assistance. The <a href=",1607,7-124-5453_5526---,00.html">cash assistance program</a> is designed to support low-income families with pregnant women or children until they find jobs.</p><p>Sheryl Thompson is with the <a href="">Department of Human Services</a>. She says people with no income who have children will no longer be able to extend the limit for cash assistance.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This was never meant to be a long-term solution,&quot; she said. &quot;It was always supposed to be a short-term solution as a safety net.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Thompson says Michigan will save about 77-million-dollars this year. Other services including job placement and food assistance are available for people who qualify.</p><p><em>- Amelia Carpenter - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 20:36:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3690 at 13,000 Michigan families to lose cash assistance Personal finance: When friends, family and finances mix <p>The current credit crunch has made it harder for people to get loans from a bank. Gone are the days when you could walk into your local bank branch, flash your credit score and walk out with a loan. So many are turning to their friends and family for help...but is that a good idea?</p><p><strong>To lend, or not to lend</strong></p><p>When Pete and Michelle Baker wanted to buy a new house, they needed money for a down payment. Their down payment was tied up in their old house, which they hadn&#39;t sold yet.</p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:02:18 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3654 at Personal finance: When friends, family and finances mix Congress proposes big cuts for Great Lakes projects <p>The U.S. House Appropriations Committee just passed a bill that contains some pretty major cuts to Great Lakes funding.</p><p>There are a couple of things being targeted:</p><p>One is <a href="">Great Lakes restoration</a> money. That&rsquo;s being used to clean up pollution, restore habitat and fight invasive species. That pot of money is facing a 17 percent cut.</p><p>There are also much bigger cuts aimed at a <a href="">program that helps cities upgrade their sewage treatment plants</a>... and keep the sewage from overflowing into rivers and lakes. That program&rsquo;s getting cut by 55 percent.</p><p>Jeff Skelding directs the <a href="">Healing our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition</a>. He calls the bill a huge step backward.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;And let me be crystal clear on the following point: gutting clean water programs will not save the country money. In fact, it will cost us more.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>He says problems like sewage contamination on beaches and invasive species are getting worse.</p><p>The bill could come up for a full House vote as early as this weekend.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:55:16 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3410 at Congress proposes big cuts for Great Lakes projects Taking a slim shot at $330 million <p>10-12-13-35-56 (Power Ball 9)... don't pick those numbers. They didn't win last week, and they're not likely to win in the next one hundred million years.</p><p>The "Mega Millions" jackpot has reached $330 million today causing a buying frenzy of tickets. Another set of numbers will be drawn tonight (drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday night at 11 p.m. eastern).</p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 18:33:24 +0000 Mark Brush 741 at Taking a slim shot at $330 million Increase in lending to car buyers with subprime credit <p>Perhaps another sign that the 'Great Recession' is thawing. Lending to people with a so-so credit score is on the uptick - at least in the car market.</p><p><a href="">The Associated Press</a> reports "the percentage of loans going to subprime buyers rose 8% in the third quarter, their first year-over-year increase since 2007, according to a report issued Tuesday by <a href="">Experian</a>, a credit reporting agency."</p> Tue, 07 Dec 2010 22:31:30 +0000 Mark Brush 494 at Increase in lending to car buyers with subprime credit