free trade agreement http://michiganradio.org en How has NAFTA affected Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-has-nafta-affected-michigan <p>It’s been 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect. It drastically changed the economic relationship between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.</p><p>While signing the bill into law, then-President Clinton said, “NAFTA means jobs. American jobs, and good-paying American jobs.”</p><p>So, let’s spend the next little while taking stock of NAFTA, and what it’s meant particularly to Michigan, it’s economy, the auto industry, and the state’s workers.</p><p>Patrick Anderson, the CEO of the Michigan-based Anderson Economic Group, and Harley Shaiken, a professor at the University of California Berkeley who specializes in labor and the global economy joined us today.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:55:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 16294 at http://michiganradio.org How has NAFTA affected Michigan? Dutch manufacturers setting up shop in Brighton http://michiganradio.org/post/dutch-manufacturers-setting-shop-brighton <p>Michigan manufacturing is getting a boost from a group of Dutch companies which are starting production of a wide range of green technology products in Brighton.</p><p></p><p>This week, the companies are starting to roll out wind turbines, heat exchangers, &nbsp;water purification systems and other green technologies.</p><p></p><p>Jan Verwater is with the Michigan company partnering with the Dutch manufacturers. He says Michigan’s large production capacity gives it an advantage in attracting high tech businesses.</p><p></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:13:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 13426 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Medical marijuana dispensaries, free trade with E.U., voter registration http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-free-trade-eu-voter-registration <p><strong>Medical marijuana dispensaries could be revived in Michigan</strong></p><p>A state House panel is soon likely to take up a bill that would <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-plan-take-bill-revive-medical-pot-dispensaries">revive medical marijuana dispensaries</a> in Michigan. Earlier this year, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled to stop most marijuana dispensaries; but now state lawmakers say they’re close to a deal on legislation that would allow and regulate the facilities.</p><p>Republican representative Mike Callton told Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher, “without the dispensaries, patients will have very limited access to medical marijuana.”</p><p><strong>Free trade with E.U. could benefit Michigan manufacturing </strong></p><p>Michigan businesses will be closely watching free trade talks starting today between the United States and the European Union. The <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/us-eu-free-trade-talks-could-benefit-michigan">proposed trade deal</a> would open markets between the U.S. and the 28 E.U. countries. Rich Studley is the president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Studley told Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody, "an E.U. free trade deal would primarily benefit Michigan’s manufacturing industry."</p><p><strong>Last chance to register for 2013 local elections</strong></p><p>Today is the deadline to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/deadline-looming-register-vote-august-election">register to vote</a> for the 56 local elections in Michigan this summer. Elections range from local primaries to school boards to city council votes. The Michigan Secretary of State is urging Michiganders to get out to vote in their local elections. Residents can go to their county or local clerk's office or a Secretary of State office to register.</p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:51:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13410 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Medical marijuana dispensaries, free trade with E.U., voter registration US-EU free trade talks could benefit Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/us-eu-free-trade-talks-could-benefit-michigan <p>Trade talks between the United States and the European Union start Monday.</p><p></p><p>The talks could have major ramifications for Michigan’s economy.</p><p></p><p>Officials on both sides of the Atlantic are trying to hammer out a deal that could mean tens of billions of dollars in new trade.</p><p></p><p>Rich Studley is the president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. He says a free trade deal with the 28 European Union nations would be very important for Michigan.</p><p></p> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:02:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13400 at http://michiganradio.org US-EU free trade talks could benefit Michigan Obama: Free trade agreements will boost US auto industry http://michiganradio.org/post/obama-free-trade-agreements-will-boost-us-auto-industry <p>&nbsp;In southeast Michigan today, President Obama said free trade agreements passed this week by Congress will lead to more jobs and more economic opportunities.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Obama and South Korean&nbsp;president Lee Myung-bak toured GM&rsquo;s Orion assembly plant.&nbsp;&nbsp; Obama says the new South Korea trade agreement should boost U.S. auto sales in Asia.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 19:59:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 4595 at http://michiganradio.org Obama: Free trade agreements will boost US auto industry President Obama visits Michigan today http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-visits-michigan-today <p>President Obama will be in southeast Michigan today&nbsp;to promote a new&nbsp; free trade agreement with South Korea.&nbsp;&nbsp;President Obama is scheduled to tour General Motor&rsquo;s assembly plant in Lake Orion.&nbsp;&nbsp; South Korea&rsquo;s president will accompany Obama.&nbsp;</p><p>Congress this week approved a new free trade agreement with South Korea.&nbsp; South Korea is the world&rsquo;s 13<sup>th</sup> largest economy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4582 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama visits Michigan today Vice President Joe Biden coming to Michigan on Wednesday http://michiganradio.org/post/vice-president-joe-biden-coming-michigan-wednesday <p>Vice President Joe Biden will visit Flint and Grand Rapids on Wednesday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He&rsquo;ll promote the Obama administration&rsquo;s efforts to spur jobs growth.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 21:24:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 4519 at http://michiganradio.org Vice President Joe Biden coming to Michigan on Wednesday