Rural Insights

Interview with UP State Senator Ed McBroom

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes interviews Ed McBroom, a Republican member of the Michigan Senate, representing the 38th district in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Is McBroom considering a run for Governor next election? Watch or listen to this excellent interview to find out!

Read More

New Research Publication Analyzes GDP in the Upper Peninsula

NMU student researcher Max Steele gives a detailed quantitative analysis of the Upper Peninsula’s GDP using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in his latest research paper published on Rural Insights.

Read More

New Research Publication on Dark Store Theory in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

NMU student researcher Isabelle Karl gives an in-depth look at the losses in revenue and increased costs for local governments in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula due to tax breaks given to big box stores under the “dark store” loophole. She also discusses current legislative efforts to change how big box stores in Michigan are taxed in order to bring more revenue to local communities.

Read More

New Research Paper on Upper Peninsula Hotel Taxes

Rural Insights student researcher Elan Barber has published a paper on the history, legislation, and structuring of hotel taxes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Read More

Upper Peninsula Voting Data Published

A new paper detailing Upper Peninsula election data has been published to Rural Insights, using information compiled by Isabelle Karl, one of our student researchers.

Read More

Rural Insights’ David Haynes Interviewed on U.P. Absentee Ballot Numbers

TV6’s Nick Friend spoke to Rural Insights Director & Editor David Haynes recently about the rise in absentee ballots seen in the Upper Peninsula.

Read More

VA Schedules Free Drive-up Flu Shot Clinics for Veterans

Veterans enrolled in VA health care may get their flu shots at scheduled drive-up flu shot clinics at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical in Iron Mountain and at its seven community-based VA clinics.

Read More

NMU professor shares expertise on COVID-19 stimulus and unemployment

Northern Michigan University Economics Professor Gary McDonnell was featured on the website WalletHub.com as an expert panelist for an article analyzing states affected most by unemployment claims.

Read More

Paper examines challenges faced by veterans in rural America

Rural Insights contributor Jesse Sherman examined some of the challenges faced by veterans in rural America, in a recently-published paper.

Read More

Study finds child care costs, barriers more difficult for U.P. families

A recent Rural Insights paper that examined the child care costs found that, though child care costs present a challenge in the State of Michigan as a whole, they are especially difficult for families in the Upper Peninsula when compared to the urban counties downstate.

Read More