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Michigan would eliminate February elections under legislation approved Thursday by the Michigan House, limiting local and statewide elections to three dates a year.
Supporters say optional February elections often feature single-issue ballot questions on school millages or bonds but are marked by low voter turnout.
"This is pro-taxpayer and good government legislation," Rep. Lisa Lyons, R-Alto, said in a statement. "...It just makes sense that questions of increased taxes or fees are posed in elections when more voters participate."
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Michigan House votes to end February elections", MLive, April 16, 2015.
Freshman state Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, has been indefinitely removed from the Michigan House Republican caucus.
Gamrat, a tea party favorite, allegedly broke caucus confidentiality rules by posting a comment on Facebook during an off-campus budget workshop on Wednesday afternoon.
A source familiar with the situation said Gamrat was not aware that caucus rules were in effect during the workshop but was confronted by House Speaker Kevin Cotter, who later told her she was no longer welcome in GOP caucus meetings.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Tea party state Rep. Cindy Gamrat kicked from House Republican caucus", MLive, April 16, 2015.
Low-income families and communities of color are disproportionately affected by high energy costs and pollutants from coal-burning power plants in Michigan, suffering more health problems such as asthma and spending a larger chunk of their income on electricity bills, according to a new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy.
The report, “Clean Energy Brings Health, Savings and Jobs to Low-Income Michigan Families,” details the problems fossil fuels bring to these populations and how they benefit the most from investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.
Source : Michigan League for Public Policy, April 16, 2015.
Advocates for Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance charged Thursday that a fast-moving Senate bill would destroy the state’s unique system of unlimited coverage for victims of the most profound crash injuries.
“The intent is to give relief to some of the mist profitable corporations in the world,” said Coalition Protecting No-Fault Insurance President John Cornack, referring to auto insurance companies.
A bill introduced March 26 by Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, was passed by the committee he chairs after a single hearing Wednesday and was ready for a vote on the Senate floor as soon as Thursday.
It would replace the current Catastrophic Claims Association, which pays for injury treatment costing more than $530,000, with a new entity headed by a governor-appointed seven-member board. That care is funded by an annual assessment tacked on to each insured vehicle owner’s auto insurance premiums.
Hune said his bill is intended to relieve insurers of liabilities that are harming their financial ratings. It also calls for a fee schedule under which payments to health care providers for crash injury treatments would be based on rates for workers compensation injuries.
Insurers for years have blamed unlimited coverage for highly-costly crash injuries for Michigan’s relatively high auto insurance premiums.
Michigan is the only state to require drivers to purchase unlimited personal injury coverage. The state with the next highest mandatory benefit, New York, requires at least $50,000 of personal injury coverage.
Cornack’s group argues Michigan’s no-fault system, while needing some changes, essentially is working exactly the way lawmakers intended when they set it up 43 years ago.
For the full article, see Gary Heinlein, "Fight brews over fast-moving no-fault reform bill", Detroit News, April 16, 2015.
Before this year's budget negotiations kicked off, state legislators understood the estimated liabilities for these credits to be $6.5 billion. But the Michigan Strategic Fund Board, which now controls the credits, had over the course of several years issued amendments to help some companies meet the requirements for the credit, leading to the revised $9.38 billion figure.
Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, introduced two bills that would attempt to freeze that liability by prohibiting the state from entering into new MEGA agreements with these businesses or modifying an existing agreement in a way that would cost the state money.
For the full article, see Emily Lawler, "Bills could stop Michigan's $9.38B MEGA tax credit liability from growing", MLive, April 16, 2015.
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