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On Sept. 19, 1806, Michigan's territorial legislature passed an act to establish a bank in Detroit.
As it turned out, the bank was a fraud. It distributed $165,000 in bank notes it was unable to redeem.
Source: Historical Society of Michigan
Bill Addressing Counties Financial Concern Clears House
The House passed a bill on Thursday allowing courts to charge convicted or guilty-plea defendants "reasonable" fines to cover operational costs. HB 5785*, which cleared the House Judiciary Committee last week, passed 95-14. It is designed to combat the Supreme Court decision from earlier this year in People v. Cunningham, where it ruled that a court does not have independent authority to set court costs.
Senate Breathing Life Back Into E-Cigarettes
The Senate has requested the return of a House bill that would have prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and scheduled a committee hearing for a wide-ranging tobacco tax change sponsored by the majority leader, but it remains unclear what action will come next. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) said late Thursday he anticipated some changes to SB 1018* when it comes before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday. Mr. Richardville said the previous bills that would have simply barred the sale of e-cigarettes to minors instead of regulating them as a tobacco product are out. The Legislature had passed those bills, but in a rare move held off presenting them to Governor Rick Snyder with the threat of a gubernatorial veto looming. Mr. Richardville said there was not necessarily enthusiastic agreement about the legislation, which would tax e-cigarettes, but at a lower rate than traditional cigarettes, and bar their sale to minors, but a sense this was a good answer for now
Democrats File Complaint On MSHDA With Federal Authorities
Michigan Democrats have filed a complaint with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development charging the Michigan State Housing Development Authority was operating with a conflict of interest under former Director Scott Woosley because his private firm was getting MSHDA funds. The complaint also charges the agency with misusing federal funds.
Transportation Concentrating On Maintenance For 2015
The Department of Transportation will be able to match all of the federal funds that will be available for the coming year, but a good portion of that funding will go to maintaining the current system, officials told the Transportation Commission on Thursday.
Roberts Introduces Charter School Moratorium
Rep. Sarah Roberts on Thursday announced legislation that would create a temporary moratorium on new charter schools and called for bipartisan reform of the schools to ensure they are more transparent, accountable and have ethical standards.
Richardville Still Optimistic On Transportation, Invites House To Discussion
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville still hopes that something could move out of his chamber in the next couple of weeks on improvements for the state's transportation system and has extended an invitation to House Speaker Jase Bolger to join the Senate work group, he said Thursday.
Senate Panel Prohibits Drones In Hunting
Hunters and anti-hunter groups alike would not be able to use aerial unmanned vehicles, known more simply as drones, to take game or harass hunters taking game under legislation reported by the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee Thursday.
Congressional Delegation, Minus 3, Pushes Emergency Declaration
The majority of the state's congressional delegation joined in a letter Thursday asking President Barack Obama to grant the emergency declaration Governor Rick Snyder requested earlier in the week. The declaration would allow federal grants and loans to help with cleanup and repair from last month's flash floods in the Detroit metropolitan area.
House Judiciary Considers Firearm Definition Change, Digital Asset Access
Bills that would bring the state's definition of a firearm into alignment with the federal definition and legislation that would allow people to plan for management of their digital assets were discussed in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Former Rep. Daniels Sentenced To Year In Prison
Former Rep. Ken Daniels, who served in six years in the House as a Democrat from a Detroit district, will now be serving one year in prison for helping a drug dealer conceal the proceeds of drug sales.
County Road Association Endorses Incumbents In Competitive House Seats
The County Road Association of Michigan RUSH-PAC announced its general election endorsements on Thursday, and the group stuck with the House incumbents in districts where there is a legitimate challenger.
Snyder Replaces Moore On Film Advisory Council
Governor Rick Snyder is replacing the liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on the Film Office Advisory Council.
Progress Michigan Files FOIA Suit Against Corrections In Aramark Case
The liberal group Progress Michigan filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Department of Corrections seeking to reverse the department's decision to redact several emails it provided to the group of electronic discussions between Corrections Director Dan Heyns and Dennis Muchmore, Governor Rick Snyder's chief of staff.
Court Ends Administration Of Detroit District Court
Calling it another step in Detroit's comeback, the Supreme Court formally ended administrative oversight of the 36th District Court in Detroit and turned over operation of the court to new Chief Judge Nancy Blount.
Milliken Endorses Totten For Attorney General
In something of a surprise, former Governor William Milliken has endorsed Democrat Mark Totten for attorney general over the Republican incumbent, Attorney General Bill Schuette.
State Schedules Foreclosed Property Sale
More than 370 foreclosed properties located in 12 mid- and northern Michigan counties will be sold at auction next week, the Department of Treasury said Thursday.
Michigan Inundated With Campaign Ads
An analysis by the Center for Public Integrity confirms it doesn't just feel like the airwaves are inundated with ads in the U.S. Senate race. In fact, Michigan, according to the analysis, in the second week of September saw 4,419 television ads in the race from the candidates and outside groups. That puts Michigan alongside Iowa for that week for the most ads in a U.S. Senate race.
Poverty Stagnant in State
The poverty rate has remained steady in the state despite the indicators of economic recovery, a report from the Michigan League for Public Policy said. Some 17 percent of Michigan residents were impoverished in 2013, essentially the same rate as in 2012, the report said. Child poverty did drop to 23.8 percent from 24.9 percent over the same period, the report said. But median annual income in the state increased 1.7 percent.
House Oks Resolution Calling for No-Tolerance Domestic Violence Policies
In light of current events involving professional athletes continuing to play with accusations of domestic violence, the House approved HR 415* on Thursday, calling for the state's professional sports teams to adopt no-tolerance domestic violence policies.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 184, September 18, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
The percentage of the state's trunklines that are in good/fair condition is projected to drop dramatically in the next 10 years -- from 85 percent this year to 35 percent by 2025 -- if revenues for roads don't change.
The grim forecast was presented by the Department of Transportation (MDOT) at the Transportation Commission meeting today. The commission voted to approve the 2015 transportation program, which details the more than $1.62 billion in transportation spending for Fiscal Year (FY) 15.
If the projections hold up, that would mean a 58 percent drop in the amount of roads that are in good/fair condition. Meanwhile, a legislative workgroup on road funding continues to meet, although no concrete proposals have emerged.
For the full article, see "MDOT Projects 58% Drop In Trunkline Pavement Conditions By 2025", Inside MIRS Today, September 18, 2104.
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Poverty remained high in Michigan last year, highlighting that many people have not yet recovered from the recession and underscoring the need for state policymakers to do more to help struggling people afford the basics such as decent housing, nutritious food, reliable child care and transportation. Increasing the state Earned Income Tax Credit and minimum wage will help.
One in six in Michigan lived in poverty in 2013, according to new Census Bureau data released today. That’s less than $24,000 a year for a family of four. The 2013 poverty rate remained essentially the same as the previous year at 17 percent.
Child poverty saw a slight decrease but remained unacceptably high. In 2013, it was 23.8 percent, down from 24.9 percent the previous year.
“Clearly our economic recovery still is not reaching all families in Michigan,’’ said Karen Holcomb-Merrill, vice president of the Michigan League for Public Policy. “Especially concerning is the high child poverty rate with nearly one in every four kids growing up in poverty. This is unacceptable, and we must find ways to make improvements.’’
One bright spot was that the median annual income in Michigan adjusted for inflation increased by 1.7 percent. While the median income is moving in the right direction, the stagnating poverty level is further evidence that the recovery is disproportionately reaching those with higher incomes. A recent report from the Michigan League for Public Policy documented the huge income losses since 1979 of those earning the least in the state.
Michigan policymakers have tools at their disposal to help households with low incomes across the state including:
Among other findings in the census release:
The Michigan League for Public Policy is a nonpartisan policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.
Source : Judy Putnam, Michigan League for Public Policy, September 18, 2014.
Michigan Truth Squad, "Michigan tax facts, part 3: Who pays the taxes in Michigan?" : The short answer is: Everybody. Read on to gain a better understanding of how Michigan collects many types of taxes – and a better sense of what you pay every day.
Michigan Truth Squad, "Michigan tax facts, part 4: What do your taxes pay for in Michigan?" : Government surrounds you every day. Here’s the nitty gritty of what your taxes pay for.
Rick Haglund, "Community colleges pushing skilled trades, but students aren’t buying" : Despite sunny promises, most community college students are shunning careers in manufacturing, technical and skilled trades, leaving Michigan employers and the colleges themselves bewildered.
Rick Haglund, "Troubling times for Michigan’s community colleges" : Struggling students and falling enrollment are presenting challenges to Michigan’s 28 community colleges. Their leaders are aiming to reverse fortunates with innovative job programs.
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