Michigan citizens should be alarmed about the latest road funding plan passed by the state Senate.
Rather than doing what is necessary — raising new revenue to fully fund our crumbling roads — the Senate approved a plan that would likely have devastating consequences for Michigan's public schools and communities.
It is now up to Gov. Rick Snyder to take a strong stand, forcing legislators to make the hard political choices necessary to fix our roads with increased gas tax revenue. And he should use as a model the 2014 Senate bill, which did just that, and which he previously supported. It simply brings the existing road funding mechanism up to current funding needs.
It's the only viable plan out there that makes sense.
For the full editorial, see MLive Editorial Board, "Snyder must lead Legislature to abandon irresponsible road funding plans", MLive, July 6, 2015.
Lindsay VanHulle, "Newspapers take notice of revenue threat" : Proposed legislation would move public notices – hearings, descriptions of property to be sold, election dates, all in tiny type – from print to the Web, and with it money that Michigan’s newspapers can ill-afford to relinquish.
Lindsay VanHulle, "Legislature gets little respect from state voters in survey" : Democrats disapprove of the work Lansing lawmakers do by a wide margin, but even Republicans were down on the GOP-dominated body.
On July 6, 1854, several thousand people gathered in Jackson to begin a new political party. As they gathered under a grove of oak trees, the Republican Party was born in order to help fight the spread of slavery. Just six years later, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican president and the efforts to end slavery really began. As the war to end slavery grew, Jackson became very involved in bringing the states of the union together again. Over five thousand men from Jackson County committed themselves to serving in the Civil War. The main training camp for the state of Michigan was located in Jackson at Camp Blair, named for governor of Michigan, Austin Blair. Interestingly, Blair was from Jackson and was a strong supporter of President Lincoln and forthe cause of the Civil War.
For more information, see History of Jackson, Michigan
Average price for land in Michigan goes for $4 an acre at the first public auction in Michigan. By 1836, land-hungrey easterners were paying $1000 an acre for land near the site of today's Comerica Park.
Source : Detroit Almanac
On July 6, 1776 - just two days after the rebels signed their Declaration of Independence from George III in Philadelphia - the Macomb brothers, William and Alexander, bought Grosse Ile from the Potawatomi Indians. And, probably without intending to do so, established what is today Michigan's oldest working farm owned continuously by members of the same family.
Denise de Beausset, 50, runs the farm -- Westcroft Gardens -- that was bought by her great-great-great-great-great grandfathers just two days after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Westcroft Gardens is at 21803 W. River Road on Grosse Ile. Call 734-676-2444 anytime. Hours vary by the season so call ahead.
For the rest of the story see Isabella Swan, The Deep Roots, A History of Grosse Ile, Michigan to 1876 and
Joe Thurtell, "History Grows in a Grosse Ile Garden : Family Still Owns and Operates Farm Purchased in 1776", Detroit Free Press, May 12, 2005, p. 1.
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