There’s one fact that makes the measles virus really scary: it’s one of the most infectious diseases known to man. A person with measles can cough in a room, leave, and — if you were unvaccinated — hours later, you could catch the virus from the droplets in the air that they left behind. No other virus can do that.
For the full article, see Julia Belluz, "9 things everybody should know about measles", Vox, January 29, 2015.
For a related article, see German Lopez, "Melinda Gates has the perfect response to the anti-vaccine movement", Vox, January 26, 2015.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday downplayed a local economist’s assertion that an upcoming road funding ballot proposal will lead to higher federal income tax bills for some residents who itemize deductions.
People “shouldn’t jump to conclusions” without further research, Snyder said during a phone interview on WJR AM-760, which broadcast Paul W. Smith's morning show live from the MLive Lansing hub.
The report, released Wednesday by the Anderson Economic Group in East Lansing, suggested that legislation tied to the road funding proposal would convert vehicle registration fees from an ad valorem tax to a flat excise tax.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Snyder: Don't 'jump to conclusions' on income tax deductions for vehicle registration fees", MLive, January 29, 2015.
Democrats in the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate introduced legislation Wednesday that would offer tax credits for college graduates who choose to stay in Michigan.
Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, and Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing, introduced the same bills in their respective chambers.
Modeled after the Opportunity Maine program, the legislation would offer income tax credit equal to 50 percent of the amount of qualified student loan payments made during a single tax year, up to 20 percent of average yearly tuition for Michigan’s public universities.
For the full article, see Kyle Feldscher, "Michigan Democrats introduce bills to give tax credits to college graduates with student loan debt", MLive, January 29, 2015.
The $1.2 billion road-funding plan endorsed by Gov. Rick Snyder may leave a $102 million pothole in the pockets of as many as 1.2 million Michigan taxpayers who deduct vehicle registration fees on their federal income taxes.
Economist Patrick Anderson's East Lansing-based firm says the "far reaching and complicated" road funding package lawmakers slapped together on the last day of December's lame-duck session will likely cause federal income tax bills to rise.
That's because lawmakers changed the tax on vehicle registrations from an ad valorem property tax to a "straightforward excise tax," the Anderson Economic Group said in a report published Wednesday.
For the full article, see Chad Livengood, "Road plan costs taxpayers $410M in lost deductions", Detroit News, January 29, 2015.
On Jan. 29, 1945, actor Tom Selleck was born in Detroit. Selleck would go on to star in the TV shows "Magnum PI" and "Blue Bloods" and in such movies as "Three Men and a Baby." Selleck also had a recurring role on the sitcom "Friends."
Source: Michigan Every Day
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