Road Funding Campaign Must Woo Funders Before Voters
There is wide acknowledgment that victory on May 5 on the road funding/sales tax plan will require a substantial financial commitment, but as of Friday many of those potential funders were still on the fence.
But the proposal may actually start out with support from the electorate. At least one pollster said the plan starts out ahead with voters.
Schostak Not Seeking Third Term As Party Chair
In a surprise announcement Friday, Michigan Republican Chair Bobby Schostak said he would not run for third term.
At-Risk Charter Authorizers Remain In Limbo
The 11 charter school authorizers Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan listed as at risk of suspension in August will remain on that list at least until next month, Mr. Flanagan announced Friday.
Voters Not Backing Proposed Electoral College Change
Michigan voters are lukewarm towards a proposal to change Michigan's current winner-take-all presidential Electoral College system, according to a poll conducted by the Lansing firm of EPIC/MRA.
Supreme Court: Person Can Seek Work-Loss Damages Against Government
If a person meets the requirements to sue a governmental agency, under the state's no-fault auto insurance act, then that person can sue for work-loss and non-economic damages, the Supreme Court unanimously held in two consolidated cases released Friday.
State-Of-State, State-Of-Union Same Night In January
Michigan residents will get a chance for a night filled with public affairs on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Governor Rick Snyder will hold his State of the State address and President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address.
State Ties For 7th Highest Unemployment Rate
Michigan's dramatic decline in unemployment during November to 6.7 percent improved its overall standing among the states, though it still ranks in the lower group in terms of overall joblessness.
Revenue Estimating Conference Set
Michigan's top fiscal officials will meet on Friday, January 16, for the first Revenue Estimating Conference of the year.
Schuette Says T-Mobile Customers Could Get Refunds
As many as 136,000 cell phone customers of the company T-Mobile could be eligible for refunds as part of a settlement between the company 49 of the states' attorneys general.
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Gray wolves in Michigan must be returned to the protection of the Endangered Species List, a federal judge ruled today.
According to reports by the Associated Press, a federal judge overturned the 2012 order from President Barack Obama's administration to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the list, so it affects Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
According to the AP, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that the removal was “arbitrary and capricious” and violates the federal Endangered Species Act.
For the full article, see "Fed Judge Puts Michigan Wolves Back On Endangered Species List", Inside MIRS Today, December 19, 2014.
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The Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs approved 422 grants totaling $9.2 million at its meeting Friday.
The grants were divided among four programs: Arts in Education, Capital Improvements Program, Operational/Project Program, Regional Regranting Minigrant Program.
The largest grants, $100,000, were in the Capital Improvements Program and went to 19 of the 91 approved projects. The operational program had the largest number of grants at 363, but those grants maxed out at $60,000, given to four applicants.
The full list of grants is posted on the council's website.
The Health Endowment Fund Board announced its last round of grants for 2014 on Friday. The board approved $20.95 million to six organizations.
The Michigan Primary Care Association, the Michigan Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs and the Michigan Association of United Ways each received $5 million for care liaison worker training, youth obesity reduction efforts and Children's Healthcare Access Program integration into the 2-1-1 system respectively.
The State Alliance of Michigan YMCAs received $3.3 million, the Michigan Association for Local Public Health received $1.9 million and the Michigan Fitness Foundation received $750,000.
The Michigan House early Friday morning put its stamp of approval on a pair of "Main Street Fairness" bills that aim to extend the state's sales and use taxes to online retailers.
SB 658 and SB 659 extend the state's sales and use taxes to out-of-state companies with a physical "nexus" or presence in the state. That would apply these taxes to companies like Amazon, which has a presence in the state but not a retail front.
Both bills have already passed the Senate, and passed the House 83-27 on Friday. After a procedural OK from the Senate, the bills will be headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.
For the full article, see Emily Lawler, "Taxing online purchases: 'Amazon Tax' bills shoot out of House in early morning session", MLive, December 19, 2014.
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