Welcome to a Super Fat Pazcki Tuesday edition of Five Things you need to know about Michigan. We’ve been meaning to share the video of Gov. Granholm’s 2008 State of the State speech, which probably ranks near the top in the “Getting People Who Don’t Want to Stand Up and Applaud to Stand Up and Applaud” category.
Today is Paczki Day
The Polish News explains that in Polish American communities, Pazcki Day is celebrated on “Fat Tuesday” – the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (today). Polish paczki (filled doughnuts or Bismarks, pronounced “poonch-key”) are traditionally eaten. The city of Hamtramck has an annual Paczki-Day Parade, and lines can be seen up to 24 hours before the deep-fried delights go on sale at the numerous local bakeries.
Federal Budget not kind to Michigan
In Budget bleak for Michigan the Detroit News reports that President Bush’s proposed budget doesn’t have a whole lot of good news for Michigan. Michigan will take cuts in energy assistance to the poor and Medicare and also cuts programs that some Michigan startups are relying on for funding including hydrogen fuel cell vehicle research and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
Street Art – Manistique Lighthouse
Who better to answer an uncertain future and the call of eating a whole lot of sugary pastries than Big Boy? Of this photo, whitewaves writes: …here Big Boy…stands upon the sign holding a Burger staring out at Lake Michigan… off in the distance you see historic Manistique light house.. sometimes i wonder at what point as a civilization did we decided to pave America with strip malls…
Big Boost for Michigan Film Incentives?
mLive has a feature by AP writer David Eggert that says that Michigan lawmakers are weighing the best tax incentives for filmmakers in the nation. Michigan currently offers rebates up to 20%, and while those were among the best in the nation for a week or so when they were passed in 2006, they are closer to the middle of the pack according to the Michigan Film Office. In addition to boosting rebates to 40%, Lawmakers are considering additional incentives for companies that hire and/or train Michigan-based workers instead of flying in crew from outside the state.
The City of Hamtramck says that the area was originally settled by the French who came largely from Quebec, named after a French Revolutionary War hero, Colonel Jean Francois Hamtramck and – with Detroit, Mackinaw and Sergeant – was one of four Wayne County townships. In the 1920s and 30s Poles and Eastern Europeans flocked to the city, drawn by auto industry jobs and their influence remains in the names and culture of the city. The city’s population was 22,976 in 2000 (Wikipedia). In addition to a suprising number of cool and offbeat articles, Absolute Michigan keyword Hamtramck features the Hamtramck Star, a web site with great photos and writing about the city.