Businesses Leading in Crisis: Michigan #COVID19 Legislative Update

I am sure your life, like mine, got upended a week ago. As crazy as life is now, somethings remain constant. Yesterday, I snapped a beautiful sunset. Michigan Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21 The State of Michigan is continuing to update and offer guidance on businesses complying with Governor Gretchen Whitmer‘s Executive Order 2020-21. Check out this helpful FAQ.Continue reading “Businesses Leading in Crisis: Michigan #COVID19 Legislative Update”

Legal Update: Legislation that Real Estate Investors, Landlords and Veterans Should Keep Tabs on in the New Year.

It is a beautiful and cold afternoon in downtown Grand Rapids today. We head into 2018 with some Michigan Bills that affect Real Estate Investors, Landlords and Veterans. Veterans. The Michigan Legislature is pushing hard to protect those who have served our country. Yesterday MLive posted that the Michigan Legislature is taking up some 50 billsContinue reading “Legal Update: Legislation that Real Estate Investors, Landlords and Veterans Should Keep Tabs on in the New Year.”

Removing Employment Barriers For the Most Vulnerable. Work To Be Done.

Today I read an article from the ABA Journal – NY District Attorney’s efforts resulted in some $644,000 of minor offenses being dismissed. Check out the article here. In making his argument in support of the massive dismissals, the District Attorney explained to the Judge that: “New Yorkers with 10-year-old summons warrants face unnecessary unemploymentContinue reading “Removing Employment Barriers For the Most Vulnerable. Work To Be Done.”

More Updates on Michigan’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Today is a beautiful day in downtown Grand Rapids. The photo below actually from yesterday. There is something about the sun that just puts me in a good mood. A few days ago I did not have a sunny disposition. I was in court during a landlord/tenant docket. I’ll be honest – it was a depressing scene.  ManyContinue reading “More Updates on Michigan’s Affordable Housing Crisis”

Michigan Business Law: Update on Work Opportunity Act – Removing Barriers to Employment for Ex-Felons.

Falling From Grace. Yesterday, I was at a CBMC Grand Rapids Luncheon and listed to Craig DeRoche tell his remarkable story of his rise to becoming the youngest House Speaker in Michigan history and abrupt fall to incarceration due to his hidden drug and alcohol addiction. Craig now uses his skills and unique life experiencesContinue reading “Michigan Business Law: Update on Work Opportunity Act – Removing Barriers to Employment for Ex-Felons.”

Recent Michigan House Bill Would Repeal Prohibition on Rent Control – A Response to the Affordable Housing Crisis?

On March 30, 2017 House Bill 4456 was introduced. The Bill would repeal Michigan’s prohibition on Rent Control. The Bill was presumably proposed in response to the affordable housing crisis in Michigan and all across the United States. Other local governments across the U.S. are exploring legislative avenues to address the housing crisis.     According toContinue reading “Recent Michigan House Bill Would Repeal Prohibition on Rent Control – A Response to the Affordable Housing Crisis?”

Michigan Legislation Update: The Urban Food Initiative. Community Revitalization To Include Downtown Grocery Stores.

Two Thanksgivings ago I took my family to New York City. Even amidst the chaos of protecting my 4 young children from darting out into oncoming traffic – we absolutely loved the City. We loved the walk-ability of City life – that you could walk down a block to a grocery store and get allContinue reading “Michigan Legislation Update: The Urban Food Initiative. Community Revitalization To Include Downtown Grocery Stores.”