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Frustrated by a lack of legislative action on a road funding solution, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce is considering backing a voter initiative as a way of putting pressure on lawmakers to act.
Rich Studley, the business group's president and CEO, said Sunday the inspiration for the move was the quick action the Legislature took to raise Michigan's minimum wage when faced with the prospect of an even higher minimum wage hike through voter-initiated legislation.
"It's hard not to look at that and conclude if you want to score points, you need to be on offense," Studley told the Free Press.
"We want (lawmakers) to understand that if they don't do their job, we will."
Studley said the chamber doesn't really want to have to take a road funding proposal to the ballot in 2016. But by crafting a proposal, for example, that would allocate all the sales tax collected on fuel sales exclusively to the roads, the chamber could give lawmakers "an incentive" to craft a workable solution of their own, he said.
Currently, most of the money collected from the 6 percent sales tax charged on fuel — about $1 billion a year — goes to the School Aid Fund and the general fund. Dedicating that money for roads would help solve the road funding problem but leave lawmakers with a hole in the budget that would have to be filled.
Studley said term limits may be a major reason why a road funding package can't get passed. New lawmakers have to be educated, then there are concerns about raising taxes during an election year, and soon a new crop of lawmakers has arrived and must be educated again, he said.
For the full article, see Paul Egan, "Michigan Chamber may take road funding issue to ballot", Lansing State Journal, October 20, 2014.
Nobody has raised even half of what Democrat Paul Clements has managed to raise in his campaign against U.S. Rep. Fred Upton in MI-6. How has he done it? He shares his secret in today's edition. Plus, he talks about his belief that Upton purposely dodged a debate with him.
Also, MIRS Publisher John Reurink declares U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land "toast."
Kirk Jones, a 40-year-old unemployed salesman from Canton, survived a fall over Niagara Falls without anything protecting him, like a barrel, life jacket or boat, on Oct. 20, 2003.
Jones — who’d drunk vodka and Coke before he jumped and had carefully placed his driver’s license, Social Security card and business card in a Ziploc bag in his shirt pocket — blamed his plunge over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls on depression, which he called “a terrible thing.”
Kirk was fined $2,260 in U.S. dollars, barred from Niagara Park for a year and ordered to repay $1,060 to make up for the 45 minutes the tourist site was closed after the stunt.
However, his confidence in life has been restored.
For the full article, see Zlati Meyer, "This Week in Michigan History : Canton man survives unprotected jump into Niagara Falls", Detroit Free Press, October 20, 2013.
In honor of Detroit's role in the Underground Railroad, the development group Detroit 300 commissioned two sculptures, one in Detroit and the other in Windsor and dedicated the monuments on this day in 2001.
Source : Michigan Every Day, Underground Railroad web site sponsored by Black Voice News, Statuary and Memorial Commemorating Detroit's Role in the Underground Railroad at the Detroit River in Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit.
At the first induction ceremony and dinner held October 20, 1983 in Dearborn, 18 women were recognized, among them Isabella Baumfree (Sojourner Truth), a former slave who became a nationally known crusader for human rights; Anna Howard Shaw, a minister and physician who succeeded Susan B. Anthony in leading the National American Women’s Suffrage Association; and Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, the state’s foremost spokesperson for coeducation during the last half of the 19th century and founder of the women’s club movement in Michigan. Among the contemporary inductees were Martha Griffiths, a congresswoman, primary sponsor of the ERA in that body, and first woman elected lieutenant governor in Michigan, and Rosa Parks, often called the mother of the modern civil rights movement.
Civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo. Former first lady Betty Ford. Singer Aretha Franklin. The late comedian Gilda Radner. What do they have in common? They’re all women of achievement with Michigan ties. And they’re among the dozens of honorees in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. You can browse the list of honorees by name, area of achievement, group or era. You can also find out who is being inducted this year at a banquet set for Oct. 30, 2014 in Lansing.
For more information visit Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame
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