Michigan's image doesn't look to improve anytime soon

LANSING, MI (AP) -- Michigan's image is in tatters from the troubles caused by its shrinking manufacturing base and a budget impasse that wasn't solved until a temporary government shutdown.

That isn't expected to recover anytime soon.

Some of that is because domestic automakers continue to struggle to find a mix of products and cost cutting that will enable them to do better in the North American market.

Michigan remains more dependent than most states on the Detroit Three's financial health.

But some of the damage is self-inflicted. For example, the political infighting that continues in the wake of the recent marathon legislative session that finally resulted in a way out of Michigan's $1.75 billion budget hole.

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The Associated Press conrtibuted to this report.