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Citizens for Fair Taxes, a newly created group, will begin collecting signatures for a citizen initiative to raise taxes on businesses to bring in an extra $900 million a year for Michigan’s roads and bridges.
The group announced their intentions today at news conferences in Lansing, Southfield and Flint to raise the state’s corporate tax from 6% to 11% in order to raise the money needed to get Michigan’s roads in good shape.
They’ll need to collect 252,523 signatures to get the issue in front of the Michigan Legislature, which with its 63-47 Republican majority is unlikely to support such a proposal. If the Legislature does nothing with the issue, it will go on the November 2016 statewide ballot.
For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Group to collect signatures for initiative to fix roads", Detroit Free Press, July 23, 2015.
Have you noticed the new button that has begun appearing next to MeL internet resources listed in the MeL Gateways? While each database has a unique and colorful button representing the subject covered in the resource along with its name, the button for internet sites has been a generic green or gray background with “www” inside a globe – until now. Because one of the tenets of the Michigan eLibrary Collection Development Strategy is to include authoritative resources that focus on Michigan and the needs and interests of our residents, we now have a button that clearly identifies an internet resource as a Michigan website.
Work is underway to review every internet resource listed in MeL and to apply the Michigan website button as appropriate. As you move among the MeL Gateways, we hope you’ll note the quality and quantity of great homegrown information provided by Michigan organizations, schools, businesses, libraries, and government agencies and how they meet your information needs.
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The Snyder administration hopes to use a consent agreement to fix Wayne County’s finances to also push the county to move all of its court and corrections operations — including the unfinished jail — to an abandoned state prison on Detroit’s east side.
Gov. Rick Snyder has long advocated consolidating courts and jails at the Mound Road site, freeing up valuable land downtown for commercial redevelopment. The administration pegs the cost of refurbishing the prison to accommodate the downtown courthouses and three jails at about $400 million. That’s about the same amount required to finish the jail and replace or upgrade the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice and the juvenile jail facility, both of which are in disrepair.
The county has balked at the move, contending the Mound Road site will be less convenient for the public.
For the full article, see Nolan Finley, "Wayne Co. crisis gives gov clout for Mound jail", Detroit News, July 23, 2015.
Nancy Derringer, "A different kind of house call: The doctor will see you now – remotely" : Living far from a major hospital may not always be a hindrance to high-quality health care. Telemedicine can deliver healthcare to rural corners of Michigan, where a specialist may be hundreds of miles away.
Erik Nordman, "How Michigan can save money while reducing greenhouse gases" : Joining forces with nine northeastern states will allow Michigan to reduce gas emissions in the least costly way possible
Michigan cities are home to some of the worst roads in the country, resulting in higher vehicle repair bills for local residents, according to the results of a new report.
TRIP, a national transportation research non-profit partially funded by road builders and labor groups, ranks Detroit (#4) and Grand Rapids (#9) near the top of its list of large urban areas with the highest percentage of roads in poor condition.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Michigan city roads rank among worst, most costly for vehicle repairs, according to new report", MLive, July 23, 2015.
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