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Cadillac Area

A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

Business Magazine
March/April 2011 Volume 17-NO. 2

Our Priorities
The State of our State
See page 6
Mission Statement
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce is a visible business
leader that advocates and drives business opportunities. Through
business alliances, we are a catalyst for our membership and
provide a persuasive regional voice benefiting our communities.

Meet the Board


Mickey Putman, Chair
Cadillac Credit Bureau

Katy Huckle, Vice Chair


775-3458
Your Voice in Lansing
In 2011, your Chamber will provide addi- Chamber and the Alliance supplied letters of
Northwestern Bank 775-2688
tional emphasis on strengthening the voice of support as well as testimony for House Bill
Sue Peterson, Treasurer
Avon Rubber & Plastics, Inc. 779-6290 our member businesses in Lansing through 4160 adding investment for the 2011 Pure
our legislative and member education ini- Michigan advertising campaign. We believe
Jon Catlin, Past Executive Director
Chemical Bank 775-8588 tiatives. As outlined in our cover story, 2011 that advances a winning investment in tour-
presents a new opportunity, with the reshap- ism. However, we also believe permanent
Eric Baker
Wolverine Power Cooperative 775-5700 ing of the Michigan House, Senate, and the and sustainable funding for Pure Michigan
Office of Governor. The Northern Michigan generates macro economic benefit for the
Dennis Benson
Dennis H. Benson, PLC 876-9405 Regional Chamber Alliance encompass- State of Michigan, that can stand on merit
ing the Cadillac, Alpena, Benzie County, as sound economic policy. It also aligns with
Bill Cinco
The Trend Designers 775-5711 Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Traverse City the Governors desire to support what works.
Chambers is diligently working on establish- Northern Michigan stands to gain, not only
Dean DeKryger
The DK Design Group 779-4002 ing new legislative relationships on behalf through tourism, but also the very real oppor-
of our collective 5,500 members businesses. tunity to attract new talent and business.
Mike Hamner
Avon Protection Systems, Inc. 779-6290 Without hesitation, we met with the major- As referenced in our cover story, the founda-
ity of our northern Michigan elected rep- tion of our 2011 Northern Michigan Regional
Dr. Kyle Hogg
Dental Health Professionals 775-9797 resentatives one-week after the November Chamber Alliance priorities is making it eas-
general election. In January, our Alliance ier for businesses in northern Michigan to be
Scott Hunter
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC. 775-9789 hosted a breakfast in Lansing with all ten profitable. That may appear to be simple in
northern Michigan lawmakers representing terms of communication, but it will require
Melody Hurley
Walmart Supercenter Store 775-8778 the geography of the Alliance. It was a very exhaustive work by the legislative body and
strong first-step in developing new legislative commitment by our members. The Chamber
Bill Kring
9 & 10 News 775-3478 relationships, but it afforded the Alliance the is a natural facilitator and resource for our
opportunity to communicate our 2011 leg- member businesses. The Chamber will be a
Paul Liabenow
Cadillac Area Public Schools 876-5002 islative priorities. Additionally, the Alliance resource to our member businesses by act-
will host quarterly meetings with northern ing as a legislative advocate. However, above
CHAMBER STAFF 775-9776 Michigan lawmakers by rotating those meet- all else, we will need our member business-
Bill Tencza, President ings in the respective legislative districts. es engaged, if we want to forge meaning-
president@cadillac.org
Educating our members on relevant legisla- ful change in business tax policy, regulation
Doreen Lanc, Director of Membership Services tive issues, galvanizing grassroots efforts on and provide the infrastructure to develop
membership@cadillac.org
behalf of business and formulating positions a qualified workforce equipped to advance
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant when applicable, will be strategic priori- Michigan.
leadership@cadillac.org
ties in 2011. For example, the Cadillac Area Bill TeNcza, Chamber President
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant
info@cadillac.org
Doug DeYoung, Senior Director of Government Relations
deyoung@tcchamber.org
Annie Shetler, MI-SBTDC Business Consultant
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2011 Mitchell Street Reconstruction Project
Cost and goals:
Approximately $4 Million project.
Design and Construction Engineering by MDOT.
Replace the deteriorated road section, including the frost heave sec-
tion north of the Clam River, from curb to curb.
Replace the deteriorated bridge deck Mitchell Street over the
Clam River.
Addition of a left turn lane at Mitchell Street at Gunn/Ayer streets.
Storm water drainage improvements redirecting the collected
storm water from Mitchell Street into a proposed detention basin west
of Mitchell Street.
Replace existing water main from River Street to 10th Street.
Improve walkability through sidewalk replacement and side street
sidewalk ramp upgrades.
Enhance the corridor through aesthetic improvements.
Replace traffic signals at Gunn/Ayer, 13th Street, Bell Avenue and What work is being performed?
Boon Road. Complete removal and replacement of the existing roadway includ-
ing:
Road, curb, and sidewalk removal and replacement.
When does it begin & end? Muck excavation north of the Clam River.
What is the schedule? Storm sewer and water main replacement.
Clam River bridge deck, sidewalk and barrier removal and replace-
Road construction (including a detour) begins April 11. The detour ment with bridge beam painting.
will be lifted in mid-June with a single lane of traffic in each direction Widening for a left turn lane at the Gunn/Ayer Street intersection.
returning to Mitchell Street. All road construction should be done by Construction of a storm water detention basin west of Mitchell
late August. Street.
Work begins in the roadway, lane closures and traffic shifts will be in Replacement of traffic signals at Gunn/Ayer Streets, 13th Street, Bell
place throughout the duration of the job. Avenue and Boon Road.
Pipe work, grading, concrete work, asphalt paving and electrical will Resurfacing portions of detour routes.
be ongoing throughout much of the projects life. Consolidating driveways, access management.
The contractor has the option to work 24-hours a day, 6-days per
week for the duration of the project on pay items that are practical to
work on at night.
History of Mitchell Street pavement:
The start and completion dates are per contract but are subject to The existing concrete and brick pavement below the center two lanes
change due to unforeseen site conditions or weather. was constructed in 1925. The existing watermain (while not wooden) is
from the same era. The roadway was widened into four lanes in 1947
with the existing storm sewer installed at that time. The road was last
completely resurfaced in 1982.

Project Quantities:
1,840 cubic yards of concrete (over 150 mixer loads) curb, side-
walk, bridge deck.
10,608 tons of HMA (225 truck loads flowboys) Mitchell, 13th
and Farrer streets.
More than 7,000 cubic yards of peat, muck and logs are anticipated to
be excavated north of the Clam River.
More than 55,000 tons of material will be excavated or removed on
the project most of this material will be recycled or reused on the
project. The asphalt will be reused as part of new asphalt. The concrete
will be crushed into gravel. Any steel will be sold as scrap metal. Part
of the sand from the construction of the detention basin will be used
to replace the peat, muck and logs excavated from beneath Mitchell
Street.

CADILLAC AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - MARCH/APRIL 2011 3


&
Nominations for
Outstanding Citizen
Spirit of Community
Awards due May 20th
The Cadillac Area Chamber of
Commerce is accepting nominations for
the Spirit of Community and Outstanding
Citizen awards. Nomination forms are
available at the Chamber as well as our
website, www.cadillac.org. The nomina-
tions are due Friday, May 20, 2011 by 5
p.m.
The application for the Spirit of
Community Award must show how the
nominee has displayed valuable service
by devoting time and energy to improving
the quality of life for others. The nominee
must also have shown leadership and ini-
tiative in the development and/or expan-
sion of volunteer projects.
The application for the Outstanding
Citizen Award must show the nominees
excellence, creativity and initiative in
their business or profession, how the
nominee provided valuable service by
devoting time and energy to improve the
business climate and the quality of life for
others in the community, as well as how
the nominee assisted others in developing
and utilizing their full leadership poten-
tial.
The award recipients will be announced
during the Cadillac Area Chamber of
Commerce Annual Awards Dinner June
15, 2011. 2010 Outstanding Citizen, Bruce Schafer and Spirit of Community, Katy Huckle

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The State of our State
By Doug DeYoung for this Administration, port those initiatives. The Governor said
Senior Director of Government Relations he said making Pure Michigan works and should get the $25
Michigans business tax million dollars needed to keep this campaign
In mid-January the Northern Michigan system competitive is a going. He also said that government needs to
Regional Chamber Alliance Executives went top priority. Michigan hold itself accountable to the residents and
to Lansing for a series of meetings with legis- ranks between 27th and he set up a dashboard to monitor the depart-
lators and staff and to watch Governor Rick 35th worst in overall ments and the programs they provide. If you
Snyder present his first State of the State business tax burden. are interested in monitoring the dashboard
Address. Here are four of the top priorities Businesses pay on aver- you can use this link www.michigan.gov/
stated by the Governor on how to re-invent age 3% to 4% more of midashboard
Michigan. Doug DeYoung their profits in taxes than In the coming months the Governor will
1. Changing the Way We Manage Our the average of the 10 be presenting follow-up proposals. In March
Finances: Moving forward the Governor said best business tax and many peer states* government reform will be the topic and then
he wants to work off of a two year budget. The 3. Accelerating Job Growth Through in April education reform.
first year is the actual budget and the second Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Support col- The Northern Michigan Regional Chamber
is a forecast of what is to come. The Governor laborative regional growth strategies by pri- Alliance partners will monitor these proposals
said we cannot keep working off short-term oritizing the opportunities those areas have and educate members and request feedback
budget revenue projections but must look to build on. Accelerate growth by supporting as they are introduced. Advocating for contin-
forward. We currently are a relatively smaller innovation and entrepreneurship across all ued regional improvement and local econom-
economy than we have been in past decades sectors. Giving businesses in Michigan the ic opportunities is part of our 2011 Legislative
and cannot support the same level of state right tools to grow and provide jobs. Strategic Plan.
spending we once did. 4. Support What works and Monitor If you have any legislative questions or com-
2. Getting Michigan Competitive To Grow & our Programs and Services: Michigan ments please contact me at deyoung@tccham-
Retain Jobs: We heard that Jobs is Job one needs to identify what works and sup- ber.org or (231) 995-7109.

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Working to make doing business easier
M aking it easier for businesses in
Northern Michigan to be profitable
is the main driving force behind
the Northern Michigan Regional
Chamber Alliance legislative priorities for
2011.
It already appears as if the Alliance is off to a
promising start.
Legislators and new Michigan Governor
Rick Snyder have already started discussing
the Michigan Business Tax, one of the top pri-
orities for the Alliance. Then in February, leg-
islators agreed to add $10 million to the Pure
Michigan tourism advertising campaign,
another focal point for the Alliance.
The Alliance met with a handful of rep-
resentatives from each Chamber in the
Alliance in November to discuss what oppor-
tunities there are to influence legislators and
the new governor, said Senior Director of
Government Relations for the Alliance, Doug
DeYoung. The November election, which
led to Republicans winning control of the
Senate, House and Governors office, brought
a wholesale change in legislators because of
term limits.
Theres a very strong, optimistic look at While not new to Lansing, State Senator Darwin Booher is sworn into his new role as Senator after serving as a
the future of Michigan from Lansing right Representative in the State House. Booher, a Republican, is part of a GOP majority in the Senate, House and Governors office.
now, DeYoung said. From legislators and That majority has given rise to increased optimism for the state.
the governors office, they see opportunities
that really hadnt come about the last sev- Second on the Alliances list is creat- needs to work on ways of keeping recent col-
eral years because of the inabilities for the ing a more efficient permitting process. lege and technical graduates in the state. He
House, Senate and Governors office to come Reasonable turnaround times for permitting also said more needs to be done to coordinate
to agreement. will reduce costs and uncertainty for busi- business and manufacturing need with edu-
Young said the optimism arises from the nesses and create growth in our region, the cation resources in current colleges, commu-
GOP controlling all houses in Lansing. He Alliance said. Business and environmental nity colleges and technical schools.
said the next challenge will be seeing how regulations need to fall in line with states that He said a community should determine its
elected officials use that majority. are achieving economic growth while con- needs, such as nurses, then work with an edu-
The top priority for the Alliance this year is tinuing to protect natural resources. cational facility in the area to offer training.
addressing the Michigan Business Tax and DeYoung said the state has to have rules that Next on the list is finding permanent fund-
Business Tax Surcharge. According to the regulators in the field follow consistently and ing for the Pure Michigan tourism advertis-
priorities drawn up in November, the current are easy for businesses to follow. Chamber ing campaign. DeYoung said the state can
Michigan Business Tax is confusing, cumber- members have reported that during the per- use the campaign as an opportunity to attract
some and costly. The tax promotes out-of- mitting process, they would have to work with new people to the state as well as create new
state growth and slows investment in north- more than one state official, but each official branding for Michigan.
ern Michigan. would interpret the permit rules differently, The advertising campaign is important for
DeYoung said the tax is too confusing and is DeYoung said. At times, chamber members the region as well as the greater Cadillac area.
not consistent among businesses. would have to make changes because of Cadillac has snowmobiling and a lot of out-
We would like (legislators) to remove the another officials interpretation, permits were door interest, DeYoung said. Golfing is big
tax and put in a more simplified, straight for- delayed and costs were added on to projects. in the Cadillac area, and it attracts people.
ward structure in the state, DeYoung said. There needs to be clear rules, with little But we need to look at the whole region ...
Snyder has said eliminating the MBT was a room for interpretation, and then make sure we see a large amount of money come into
goal of his and legislators have already started the process is followed, DeYoung said. our communities (through tourism). The bot-
the process of discussing restructuring the Third on the list is working on building a tom line is it means growth and opportunities
business tax. qualified workforce. DeYoung said the state for our region.

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Top Legislative Priorities
Easier for Businesses Sustainable funding and expansion for cated for the business opportunities in our
to be Profitable regional farming. region. Access for continued education in
Northern Michigan businesses and man- To remain competitive in northern trade, technical and new technology fields
ufacturers need an understandable, sustain- Michigan, it is critical that farmers be must be available and funded for our com-
able and simplified tax structure. allowed to operate their business without munities. Baccalaureate programs should
Our members are saying that the current the threat of undue and excessive local be encouraged at northern Michigan com-
Michigan Business Tax is confusing, cum- ordinances or state regulation that restricts munity colleges to create educational
bersome, and costly. This burden on their their ability to grow and process their crops advancement for the workforce to fill the
businesses promotes out-of-state growth and get them to market. needs of regional businesses.
and slows investment in our communities. Consistent and sustainable funding for Our region needs quality and affordable
A more efficient and timely permit- the arts and culture sector education for our children.
ting process is needed for the business, For a region of relatively small commu- Funding for early childhood education
manufacturing and farming in northern nities, northern Michigan is privileged to and schools must be provided for a qual-
Michigan. have an abundance of formidable arts and ity education for the children of our region.
Reasonable turnaround times for per- cultural organizations. The arts and cul- School districts need the ability to problem
mitting will reduce costs and uncertainty tural sector are an important component solve and create educational advancements
for businesses and create growth in our of this regions workforce and quality of life without mandates tied to funding. The state
region. Business and environmental regula- that attracts the businesses, professionals, must address the issue of benefit and pen-
tions need to fall in line with states that are entrepreneurs and visitors we need to be sion costs for school employees to give our
achieving economic growth while continu- competitive in the New Economy. local school districts the ability to spend
ing to protect natural resources. funding in the classroom. Incentives should
Retain and strengthen manufacturing be put in place to create and encourage
Promote Business
production. schools to consolidate services to provide
Manufacturing continues to be a major Infrastructure Investment for better classroom learning.
source of good paying jobs for thousands Safe, affordable and quality road, rail
of workers across northern Michigan. The and air service investment for our region.
Your Voice is Needed:
regions manufacturing sector can be sup- Northern Michigan needs the ability to
ported through a reduced regulatory and move people, products and services in a safe A Call To Action
tax environment coupled with competi- and efficient way. Quality and safe roads Members need to be contacting legisla-
tive incentives to retain and attract new create opportunities for growth in business tors with priority examples from our region.
industries and entrepreneurs to the region. and tourism. Improvement of roads and Your Voice Can Make a Difference. State
Reducing the burden of personal property growth in rail service provides better move- Senate and State House legislators have
taxation and avoiding special fees specific ment of goods and services from local pro- said they need to hear specific examples
to manufacturers should be supported. ducers across our region and the state. from community members and business
Air service from Alpena, Traverse City and leaders on what priorities legislators should
Help Strong Business Pellston connects our region to business follow. Members need to respond to calls
centers across the country and world. This to action by Regional Chamber Partners. A
Sectors Remain Strong service must be maintained to allow access consistent voice from members allows for
Consistent and sustainable funding for to northern Michigan for new businesses. our legislative representation to understand
tourism promotion. Create a quality electronic infrastructure
our regional needs. When bills in Lansing
Employers tell us that tourism means jobs for all of northern Michigan. were introduced to move the school start
for northern Michigan. The funding for a broadband network as date back before Labor Day the Regional
Summer, winter, and agricultural tourism well as expanded 3G and 4G wireless tech- Alliance called on members to let legisla-
continue to be an opportunity for revenue nology is needed for our region. The cre- tors and leaders in the house and senate
and job growth. A permanent and consis- ation of this system allows for the expan- know why this would hurt our region. Your
tent funding source for the promotion of sion of new technology businesses that can voice caused a change in the bills that pro-
our region through the Pure Michigan connect to the world with the appropriate tected Labor Day weekend and the tourism
Campaign must be identified. capacity. it brings to our region. Your voice made a
Retain and strengthen manufacturing difference.
production. The Northern Michigan Regional
A Prepared Workforce
The regions manufacturing sector can be Chamber Alliance Executives, staff, board
supported through a reduced regulatory for the Future members and government relations com-
and tax environment coupled with com- Our communities need access to a qual- mittees are called to action to support these
petitive incentives to retain and attract new ity and affordable workforce. priorities by educating members to advo-
industries and entrepreneurs to the region. A quality and affordable workforce is edu- cate the priorities with legislators.

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - March/April 2011 7


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in business
January 2011
Rise Up! Cadillac Women
a program of the
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
March 18, 2011
Womens Health Issues Head to Toe Part 2
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Chamber Ambassador Club Members


attend Appreciation Luncheon

Sponsored by: Chamber Ambassadors are


McCurdy, Wotila and Porteous the first reinforcements for the
Chamber of Commerce to pro-
mote chamber membership to
prospective businesses, and en-
gage members in the programs
and services of the organiza-
tion, said Bob Thomas, IOM,
CMP Director of Michigan
Association of Chamber Profes-
sionals. Bob recently spoke to
the Cadillac Area Chamber of
Commerce Ambassador Club Bob Thomas,
members at an appreciation CMP, IOM
luncheon.
Bob reinforced that ambassadors support and vol-
unteerism are essential to the chamber programs and
Sponsored by: events. He commented that for a chamber of our size
Lakeside Title LLC and staff, we are one of the best chambers in Michigan.
Thomas has been with the Michigan Chamber of Com-
merce for 14 years.

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February 2011
Rise Up! Cadillac January 2011
Leadership
Learning Series
nities and
Entrepreneurship: Opportu
omy
Challenges in the New Econ

Presented By
Brian Jones
Hosted by: Willow Mercantile
Baker College of Cadillac
business, as founder of
Brian Jones is no stranger to
the current co-owner, of
Piranha Hose Products and now
ycling rubber products to
Willow Mercantile. From rec
e was a big adjustment for
throwing away spoiled produc
of the Leadership Learn-
him. Brian presented as part
and challenges entrepre-
ing Series, the key opportunities
nomy. Jones stated, it is
neurs are facing in this new eco
ers and to keep up with
an ongoing battle to reach custom
hire good people, they are
the pace of change. His advice,
h of their strengths, take
not just employees, play on eac
rd to lose.
risks, but know what you can affo

January 2011
Lecture Lunche
Sponsored by:
Deb Rohn & John Erbel
Servpro of Manistee, Ludington & Cadillac on
A Judges
Ribbon Cuttings 28th Circuit C Perspective
ourt Judge Wil
liam Fagerma
n

February 2011
c t u re L u n ch e o n
Le
a ns L e g is lative Update:
Michig higans
Changing Mic
s
Budget Proceosoher
in B
Senator Darw
page 12
of these presentations are on
Recap
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Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - March/April 2011 9


Molitor Promoted at Kelly Smith Joins the
YMCA Board
Wolverine Power Cooperative The Cadillac Area YMCA announced the addi-
Kimberly Molitor has been named vice external affairs, Molitor will develop and pre- tion of Kelly Smith to its board. Smith is the
president of external affairs for Wolverine pare Wolverines regulatory proceedings at President of Baker College of Cadillac.
Power Cooperative. She will also lead two the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission I am looking forward to being a part of the Y
of Wolverines members Wolverine and Michigan Public Service Commission. board. I am excited to create healthy collabora-
Power Marketing Cooperative and Spartan She will also be responsible for the coopera- tion between the Y and Baker College to ensure
Renewable Energy. tives communications, member relations success of the Y.
In her new position as vice president of and administrative services.

Huizenga keeps Springfield Commercial


Roofing receives award
Cadillac office location
While Cadillac has a new Congressman findings about the number of constitu- Springfield Commercial Roofing received the
in U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, constituents ents in each district. Huizenga said he Award of Excellence for donated work to com-
can still locate their Representative in the did not want to risk making a costly plete The ROCK Youth Center in Kingsley. This
same Cadillac office location as before. move or confusing constituents if the is the second Award of Excellence the company
Huizenga said the opportunity to save communities in the 2nd Congressional has received. The Award of Excellence is award-
money and the impending redistricting District served by the current offices ed each year to contractors or subcontractors
process made the decision an easy one. change significantly in two years. in northern Michigan that exhibit outstanding
Redistricting is the once-a-decade pro- Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday workmanship.
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City of Cadillac given OASIS/FRC
GFOA Distinguished hires executive
Budget Presentation Award director
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada Sally Repeck is the new Executive Director of
(GFOA) announced that the City of Cadillac received the GFOAs Distinguished OASIS/FRC. Repeck has a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Budget Presentation Award for its budget for the 26th consecutive year. Psychology, Masters in Public Administration and
The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting currently is a PhD candidate. Repeck has secured
the highest principals of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget grants at all levels, taught grant writing and reviewed
award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective bud- federal grant applications for the U.S. Department of
get presentation. Education.
Owen E. Roberts, Director of Finance was presented the Distinguished Budget
Presentation Award on behalf of the city of Cadillac.

Cadillac volleyball team donates $2,200


to Mercy for breast cancer education
The Cadillac High School Girls Volleyball Team recent- raise cancer awareness through recreational activities. The
ly conducted a breast cancer fund raising and awareness volleyball team raised $1,000 for the Side-Out Foundation
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Lecture Luncheon Series covers courts to the legislature
A judges perspective on crime and a legisla- ple on the streets and on parole with a criminal bat the $1 billion to $2.4 billion deficit. The
tors perspective on the state of the state were history now than there were just a few years hope at the time was that Snyders budget
the recent topics of the Cadillac Area Chamber ago. That also means that Fagerman is seeing addressed those issues.
of Commerces Lecture Luncheon Series. more people being charged with new crimes Booher also said things were starting to look
Judge William Fagerman (28th Circuit Court) that are currently on parole. up for the economy but he added that doesnt
gave people an inside look at what he sees on In Fagermans opinion, what that means is mean there are not more tough decisions
a daily basis while presiding in Wexford and simple. With more people out on the streets ahead.
Missaukee counties. Fagerman discussed who previously would have been in prison, The economy is coming back. Revenues
courts, crime and its impact on the commu- there is the potential that there will be more from businesses are growing. That grows
nity. During his nearly hour-long presentation, crime in communities. hope, he said. The belt tightening is not done
Fagerman never talked about specific cases but Michigan Senator Darwin Booher, R-Evart, yet. I dont want to give the impression that its
he did talk about what he considers while mak- was the speaker at the Lecture Luncheon on over. (The legislature/governor) would never do
ing judgments. This includes sentencing guide- February 11 and it was no surprise the budget anything to hurt people but we hurt them more
lines as well as the current state of the correc- was a topic of conversation. by not making tough decisions.
tions system. During his persentation, Booher cautioned Fellow legislator Representative Phil Potvin,
Fagerman said it should come as no surprise that until the budget there were a lot of R-Cadillac, spoke briefly echoing that tough
that the state has had problems financially, unknowns. decisions were ahead. He urged everyone in
which have resulted in cuts to the corrections Issues Booher discussed included the attendance to stay positive and try to do any-
system. What that means is there are more peo- Michigan Business Tax as well as how to com- thing they could to help the state move forward.

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Wexford County Jan. 10 Feb. 10 Mar. 10 April 10 May 10 June 10 July 10 Aug. 10 Sept. 10 Oct. 10 Nov. 10 Dec. 10
Labor Force 13,993 14,037 13,904 13,768 14,025 14,099 13,845 13,424 13,295 13,260 13,091 13,203
Employment 11,266 11,262 11,219 11,333 11,698 11,775 11,465 11,330 11,197 11,257 11,141 11,213
Unemployment 2,727 2,775 2,685 2,435 2,327 2,324 3,074 2,094 2,098 2,003 1,95 1,950
Rate 19.5% 19.8% 19.3% 17.7% 16.6% 16.5% 17.2% 15.6% 15.8% 15.1% 14.9% 15.1%

Missaukee County Jan. 10 Feb. 10 Mar. 10 April 10 May 10 June 10 July 10 Aug. 10 Sept. 10 Oct. 10 Nov. 10 Dec. 10
Labor Force 6,305 6,286 6,313 6,098 6,129 6,226 6,145 5,999 5,871 5,832 5,785 5,905
Employment 5,074 5,072 5,053 5,103 5,268 5,303 5,163 5,103 5,042 5,069 5,017 5,049
Unemployment 1,231 1,214 1,260 995 861 923 982 896 763 880 768 856
Rate 19.5% 19.3% 20% 16.3% 14.0% 14.8% 16.0% 14.9% 13.1% 14.7% 13.3% 15.1%
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