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From Page 1A
"A lot of folks, especially in the
business community, thought it
was time to get someone from the
business community a shot at the
governor's office," Mazurek said.
Ann Arbor business owners
echoed Mazurek's sentiment.
Karl Couyoumjian, president of
TeL Systems in Ann Arbor, which
makes audio and video equipment,
said it's time someone in the busi-
ness realm leads the state.
"Rick understands what's
entailed in starting a business, run-
ning a business and the challenges
we are all faced with, especially in
the economic climate," said Couy-
oumjian, who is also the chair of
the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional
Chamber Board of Directors.
Couyoumjian said Michigan
would benefit if Snyder runs the
state in the same ways he's man-
aged his businesses. Before run-
ning for governor, Snyder was
chairman of the board for comput-
er giant Gateway and president of
venture capital firm Avalon Invest-
ments, Inc.
"He is approaching his gover-
norship as he has done with many
of his businesses," he said. "He had
a plan, assembled a great team, he
ran a great campaign and as gover-
nor (will do) the same thing."
Couyoumjian said Snyder's hon-
est and forward-thinking attitude
makes him the best choice for gov-
ernor. He added that he is excited
for the revitalization of the Michi-
gan business tax, which he says is
currently "broken."
According to Couyoumjian, Sny-
From Page 1A
and the end of 2009.
In their presentation, Crary,
Manaenkov and Sedo explained
that the U.S. economy is not
rebounding with the same vigor
that characterized other post-
WWII recessions. The econo-
mists predicted that the country's
unemployment rate will average
9.6 percent in 2011, 9.3 in 2012 and
not dip below 9 percent until early
While what has been dubbed
the "Great Recession" is now over,
low consumer confidence levels,
fiscal problems at both the state
and the federal levels and lingering
troubles in the housing market are
stillhinderingrecovery efforts, the
experts said.
Crary and fellow researchers
expect the economic impact of
the stimulus package to plateau
and expect the actions of the U.S.
Federal Reserve System to eventu-
ally boost the economy. Crary and
colleagues predict that the Federal
Reserve will wait until the econ-
From Page 1A

are also held responsible for any
costs associated with cleaning the
house due to the pet.
A sample lease posted on the
website of Arch Realty states that
tenants aren't allowed to have
pets unless they reach an agree-
ment in writing with the land-
lord. In addition, the first time
the landlord spots an unauthor-
ized pet the tenant is charged
$150 and $275 for any subsequent
sighting. If the tenant fails to get
rid of the pet and pay the fines in
a timely fashion, they'll be con-
sidered "in violation of the lease"
and the landlord could initiate
eviction procedures, according to
the lease.
"Sometimes I'm nervous the
landlord will come and check on
something, but our dog doesn't
really bark, so it's like he's not
there," Trapper's owner said.
"Whenever our landlord comes
over, the night before, we clean
the house, vacuum it, make it look
like (he) never existed ... Then
we drop (him) off at my friend's
house for a few hours."
The pet-owner said the land-
lord of the house she plans to live
in next year has an even stricter
no-pet policy. She said she plans
to continue hiding Trapper in her
new house, though she's consid-
ered other possibilities like giving
him to her brother who attends
Michigan State University.
Whatever happens, the owner
said she wouldn't abandon Trap-
"I would never do that," she

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Rick Snyder on campus earlier this month. Ann Arbor business leaders say they believe Snyder's plans will boost business in the city.

der's business policies could attract
more companies to the state, which
would yield more clients for busi-
nesses like TeL Systems and make
Michigan more competitive with
other Midwest states.
"Right now, one of the biggest
things working against Michigan
is that we have a really great state
with a lot of great resources, but we
just don't have a climate conducive
to attracting new businesses," he
Snyder can make the state more
"business-friendly," Couyoumjian
said, adding that the state is not
retaining new businesses.

Rod Byrne, treasurer of the
Washtenaw Economic Club and
director of Wright Griffin Davis
and Company - an accounting
firm in Ann Arbor - said Snyder
has been a "positive force" for
attracting businesses to the Ann
Arbor area.
Byrne said Snyder is a "goal-ori-
ented and focused individual."
"He speaks our language and
understands the tax code a whole
lot better than anyone else." These
attributes, he said, could help the
Ann Arbor business climate.
Byrne, who is also the past
chair of the Ann Arbor Chamber

of Commerce, said the Washt-
enaw Economic Club - a group of
businesses that partner to bring
speakers to the Washtenaw com-
munity - could prosper with Sny-
der as governor because one of
Snyder's objectives is to develop
new business technologies.
"Right here in the Washtenaw
county area, between the Univer-
sity of Michigan, Eastern Michi-
gan (University) and Washtenaw
Community College, you've got
(students with) a high level educa-
tion dedicated towards those new
technologies and creating a new
economy for Michigan."

omy picks up in 2012 to reduce its
balance sheet and begin to increase
short-term interest rates in 2013.
Plans for decreasing the gov-
ernment's deficit and forming new
fiscal policy remain uncertain, but
the researchers at the conference
predicted that not extending the
tax cuts made by George W. Bush's
administration could damage the
Though the recession ended
more than a year ago, a common
sentiment among presenters at the
conference was that Americans
still feel like they're in a recession
because of the relatively weak job
In summing up the prediction
for the U.S. economy for 2011 and
2012, Crary said Americans can
expect "short-term hesitation, fol-
lowed by muted growth."'
The outlook for the Michigan
economy mirrored that of the
nation, according to panelists at
the conference who said that the
recession only compounded the
loss of 850,000 jobs in the state
over the last decade.
George Fulton, director of the
RSQE, predicted that Michigan's

economy would see job growth
next year, which would be the first
time in more than a decade.
Fulton, along with Crary and
Donald Grimes, senior research
area specialist at the University's
Institute for Research on Labor,
Employment and the Economy,
estimated that the state would add
24,500 jobs in 2011 and 63,000
during 2012. However, these mod-
est gains would not offset the
247,000 jobs lost in 2009 and 2010.
They added that unemployment is
expected to decline but still remain
at a high level - averaging 12.4
percent in 2011 and 11.5 percent in
Fulton and his colleagues said
the service industry will have the
most job gains in the next few years
with business services, private
education and health care making
up expected additions. While other
Michigan industries have been in
decline, the increasing number of
elderly citizens has driven growth
in the health care industry.
One expected bright spot of the
Michigan economy is the stabiliza-
tion of the manufacturing sector
and, more specifically, the automo-

tive industry. Fulton stressed that a
prerequisite for economic growth
in Michigan is the health of the big
three Detroit automakers.
Despite recent stabilization of
the domestic auto market and the
effect that could have on the entire
Michigan economy, Fulton and his
colleagues were careful to not give
false hope, even though the worst
is over.
"Many residents will feel that
the recovery has yet to arrive," Ful-
ton said.
While other industries are
expected to grow, panelists at the
event said they expect the state
government to cut jobs during the
next two years.
Gary Olson, director of the Sen-
ate Fiscal Agency for the state of
Michigan, said it would be a chal-
lenge in the next few years to bal-
ance the budget at the state level.
As federal assistance ends, tough
fiscal decisions that were pushed
back will have to be made, he
"2011-2012 is the year of reck-
oning," Olsen said. "Government
can not be sustained without tax

Bob Rubin, owner of Arbor
Properties, said his company
doesn't often allow tenants to
have pets.
"In general, people get pets
because they're cute," Rubin said.
While pets may be adorable
and fun to play with, Rubin said,
"they're a responsibility, and
(they have) an impact on other
people in the building as well as
the building itself."
Amy Khan, president of CMB
Property Management, said a
housing unit's location, layout
and yard size determines if pets
will be allowed. Ifa student wants
to have a pet, they have to sign a
pet addendum.
Khan added that the company
has not historically had problems
with students abandoning their
"In my 17 years of working
here, we had turtles abandoned
once," Khan said. "The students
left a note that said, 'We couldn't
take them. Please find them a
home.' In our pet-friendly build-
ings, we have not had neglectful
students when it comes to dogs or
Deb Kern, the marketing direc-
tor of the Humane Society of
Huron Valley, said the Humane
Society has pet-adoption restric-
tions for students. If students
want to adopt an animal, they
must be 21 years or older and a
Humane Society representative
will contact the landlord to con-
firm pets are allowed in their
"Students tend to be in a tran-
sitional period and aren't in the
place to make these kind of life

decisions. We believe pets are a
lifelong commitment - part of
the family," Kern said.
Kern added that landlords will
find abandoned pets at their prop-
erties at the end of the semester
and the Humane Society is often
called to rescue the animals.
Rubin said students should
think about the future before
adopting a pet so that incidents
like this don't happen.
"If a person's going to rent
a house and knows what the
future's going to be like, that
makes sense (to own a pet)," he
said. "If a dog ends up in a pound,
that's a shame."
Kern said many University
students volunteer at the animal
shelter, which is a great alterna-
tive to owning a pet.
"A lot of times, they'll come and
volunteer for us," she said. "Dogs
need to be walked three times a
week, and there's cat cuddling
people can come in and do."
LSA junior Lauren Lewis said
she finds it difficult to balance
school with raising her 8-month-
old husky named Moose.
"Moose is a crier in the morn-
ing, so he gets up at 7. I don't have
class till 10," Lewis said.
Around 10 a.m., one of her
friends feeds him while Lewis
is in class. In the afternoon, she
takes Moose to one of Ann Arbor's
dog parks, where they often play
with dogs of other students.
"I think Moose is the cutest (at
the dog park), and he is," Lewis
said. "Everyone agrees."
Lewis said Moose sleeps for
about four hours every afternoon,
which allows her time to study.
At night, Lewis explained that

Moose gets "very rambunctious,"
and so she has to take him for a
"It's harder than I thought it
was, but I love it. I love Moose,"
she said.
LSA junior Kristin Boyer, who
owns a hamster named Reuben,
said owning a hamster is a great,
low-maintenance form of enter-
"A lot of people will come over
to our house to play with him ...
We let him run out in his ball,"
Boyer said, adding that she's even
made a Facebook page for him.
Entertainment aside, Reuben
has created a bit of house drama.
"My roommates didn't like him
in the main area because they
thought he smelled," Boyer said.
An LSA senior, who requested
anonymity because the student's
landlords don't know about the
student's two cats Raja and Nala,
said caringfor cats is easybecause
they only need to be fed and have
their litter box cleaned. The most
important thing is making sure
they don't escape from the house,
the cat owner said.
"The worst thing that could
happen in Ann Arbor is having
cats on the loose. I thought they
got out once. It was terrible," the
cat owner said, adding that Raja
and Nala were eventually found
in a hamper.
Though . Trapper's owner
admitted that it's hard to leave
the house often, the owner said
being a student and raising a dog
isn't much of a hassle.
"It's really comforting having
a dog at the house," Trapper's
owner said. "I just really like
being with him."

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