state economy en Is the glass half-empty or half-full for Michigan's business owners? <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How are business owners in Michigan feeling?</span></p><p>It's an important question: Those business owners are doing the hiring – or not.</p><p>The <a href="">2014 Chase Business Leaders Outlook</a> has just been released. It contains the views of some 3,500 leaders of small and mid-sized businesses.</p><p>Here to give us the views of these business leaders is Jim Glassman, senior economist with JPMorgan, Chase &amp; Company.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:33:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 17333 at Is the glass half-empty or half-full for Michigan's business owners? How will Michigan's housing market fare in 2014? <p>One of the common traditions as we end one year and begin another is taking stock — reviewing where we've been and figuring out where we want to go in the New Year.</p><p>A good place to focus that review would be finances, and the prospects for the housing market.</p><p>A consumer credit forecast was released today that can give us a look into where Michigan’s market may be headed in 2014.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:05:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 15665 at How will Michigan's housing market fare in 2014? Rating agency moves state’s economic outlook from ‘stable’ to ‘positive’ <p>In the midst of a <a href="">heated debate</a> in Washington D.C. over the U.S. debt limit and with the country facing a possible <a href="">credit downgrade</a>, Michigan&rsquo;s economy is getting a pat on the back. <a href=";detail=1">Fitch Ratings</a> has revised its outlook for Michigan bonds from &lsquo;stable&rsquo; to &lsquo;positive,&rsquo; the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The New York ratings agency left the state&#39;s overall bond rating unchanged Wednesday at AA-, an investment-grade rating that&#39;s three steps below the top AAA rating.</p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder met with analysts at Fitch, Moody&#39;s and Standard and Poor&#39;s on June 13 to discuss the state&#39;s growing economy and how the 2011-12 budget eliminates ongoing deficits without one-time fixes.</p><p>Fitch took note of the budgeting changes. It says its positive outlook also reflects efforts to put away more in the state&#39;s rainy day fund and &quot;grow reserve levels.&quot;</p><p>The state lost its top AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor&#39;s in 2003.</p></blockquote><p>As the Detroit News <a href="‘role-model’-for-U.S.-in-budget-talks#ixzz1TOcT2i2c">reports</a>, on Tuesday Governor Snyder told reporters that, &quot;Lawmakers in Washington should look to Michigan &#39;as a good role model for success&#39; as they try to resolve a battle over raising the national debt ceiling that is approaching a crisis.&quot; Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:53:48 +0000 Zoe Clark 3500 at