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The package of PPT bills moving quickly through the Legislature is billed as making schools and communities whole, but concerns have emerged that there may not be a 1:1, 100 percent replacement for individual municipalities after 2018.
A Senate Fiscal Agency (SFA) report on the subject is expected next week.
But looking at it right now, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 25 Director of Legislation and Policy Nick Ciaramitaro questions the distribution.
"We were told they were going to distribute this money based on how much they lost. It looks like… that's not true," Ciarimitaro said.
For the full article, see "Concerns Rear Up On PPT Package", Inside MIRS Today, March 7, 2014.
Other topics covered include:
• Concerns Rear Up On PPT Package
• Top 8 Senate Districts Most Likely To Flip
• 'We Need Help Now': U.P. Lawmakers Want State Of Emergency
• Shirkey Announces For 16th Senate District
• Corrections Staff On Duty But Unaware of Alarms, Video Of Escape
• Decision Day Nearing For 'Millionaire Party' Rules
• Warren Not Running For Congress
• Rustem: There Will Be No Snyder Pothole Number
• Benton Harbor EM: Financial Emergency Over
• Gay Marriage Trial Over; Decision To Come Later
• Superintendent Reacts To MEA Not Supporting School Funding Proposal
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Governor Snyder's Executive Budget Recommendation increases state aid to libraries by $300,000 this year to $8.8 million. Michigan eLibrary funding remains constant at $1.75 million, Renaissance Zone Reimbursements are included at $4.7 million and MPSERS payments to libraries has a $1.2 million increase to a total of $2.55 million. This budget proposal is an excellent first step and highlights libraries' importance and presence to the administration. This is the third year in a row libraries have had an increase. This year's budget proposal would once again give us our highest funding rate since 2009.
Remember, this is only the first step in the budget process. MLA and GCSI are currently meeting with legislators to outline the importance of libraries and adequate library funding.
PPT Legislation on a Fast Track
A 10-bill package designed to guarantee that local governments don't lose any money when the Personal Property Tax (PPT) is phased out is expected to move through the legislature quickly. Libraries are included in the legislation. Senator Jack Brandenburg (R-Harrison Township) made a special effort to see that libraries were not left out of the bills. The language will create the alternate funding mechanism local governments will use when the PPT is gone.
Computer Alert for Michigan Unemployment Forms
If you have patrons who are filling out State of Michigan unemployment insurance forms, please be aware that they generally take about 90 minutes to complete. If your computers automatically time out after one hour please be sure to let patrons and staff know they may need to request additional time to complete the form.
From the MLA Exectuvie Director Gail Madziar, March 6, 2014
Tom Watkins, America's Moral Laryngitis : What happens In China does not stay in China.
Jack Lessenberry, What are They Thinking?! : So much for serving the interests of the people.
Rich Robinson, Raising the Roof : Why the need for increased contribution limits?
Maxine Berman, Age-Trashing : My knees hurt but my brain is still okay.
Roy Norton, Major Changes in Michigan Since 2010 : Some Personal Reflections.
Nickole Fox, Culture is Critical : Serving the Needs of American Indians.
Billed as America’s greatest hot rod show, Autorama will run through Sunday at the Cobo Center, where it’s been drawing thousands of car fanatics and gearheads since 1961.
In addition to more than 200 hot rods, custom cars and bobber bikes on display, this year’s event will also feature appearances by racing legends Richard and Kyle Petty, classic car exhibits, a high school design competition and charity auction.
For the full article, see Charles E. Ramirez, "Detroit Autorama show gets under way at Cobo", Detroit News, March 7, 2014.
Also see Source Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Over the past three years, the Grand Rapids LaughFest has set out to grab Guinness World Records as part of its festivities. In 2013 1,544 people donned fake mustaches to smoke the previous 648 set at an event sponsored by the St. Louis Rams.
Last year, LaughFest's kickoff event broke a Guinness World Record for the largest number of people wearing fake animal noses. The year before that it was people tossing rubber chickens.
For more information, see LaughFest
For an article, see "Michigan LaughFest sets record for most fake mustaches", Detroit Free Press, March 8, 2013.
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