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Redmond, Sheppard In All-Out Battle For 56th House
The 56th House District has no clear favorite between two-term Monroe County Commissioner Jason Sheppard, a Republican, and Democrat Tom Redmond, who retired from the Monroe County sheriff's office after 37 years and works midnight shifts part time at a local police department. In the last days before the election, both are working tirelessly to hit all the doors they can in a district of many rural homes saturated in Ohio media.
Unclear If GOP Can Get Enough Momentum In 62nd House
Republican candidate in the 62nd House District John Bizon, a physician from Battle Creek, said serving the community for 25 years gives him the upper hand as he faces Democrat Battle Creek City Commissioner Andy Helmboldt for the seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Kate Segal of Battle Creek.
Ad Wars Heat Up With One Week Left In Election
Governor Rick Snyder, the Republican Governors Association, the Michigan Republican Party and the Michigan Democratic Party all have new ads running with one week left before the November 4 election, and each relies on slamming the opposition.
Republican-Leaning Senate Seats Appear Secure
At one time, Senate Democrats had eyed making competitive the races for the 13th, 24th, 31st and 34th Districts, but as Election Day nears, those hopes appear dashed.
Dems Call Kesto ‘Scary Sandy' Mail Piece Offensive
In the 39th House District, Democrats are criticizing a mail piece distributed by Republican Rep. Klint Kesto against his opponent, Democrat Sandy Colvin, offensive, as the piece portrays Ms. Colvin with cuts and bruises on her face, calling her "Scary Sandy."
Land Pours $650K More Into Campaign
The polls look bleak and several Republicans are fuming privately about her campaign, but Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land clearly still sees hope as she has contributed another $650,000 of her family's income to fund her bid, according to newly public campaign finance reports.
Super PACs Drive Up Fundraising Totals
The advent of state super political action committees has meant even more money this election than last, the Campaign Finance Network said in a report released Tuesday. The group found PAC funds were up 66 percent from the 2012 election cycle, with $57.6 million raised since January 1, 2013.
Michigan, Israel Form Research Partnership
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Israeli Ministry of Economy on Tuesday announced the creation of the Michigan-Israeli Technology Connect Program for joint research and development for for-profit companies.
Snyder: Federal Fighting Hurting State's Recovery
Michigan has exceeded expectations about how it would rebound economically, Governor Rick Snyder said Tuesday, but ongoing disputes in Congress and with President Barack Obama has hurt the state's overall recovery. Speaking to reporters after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new Magna-DexSys plant in suburban Lansing, Mr. Snyder said not just the state but the entire nation would be helped economically "if Washington could solve some of their issues."
Strategic Fund OKs 2 Business Incentives For Magna Subsidiaries
Two subsidiaries of Magna International, Incorporated, a global automotive supplier, on Tuesday won Michigan Strategic Fund approval of two separate incentives that together are expected to create more than 700 jobs in two cities.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 213, October 28, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
Voters in 25 communities are deciding Tuesday whether to support their local libraries with a pair of bonding proposals and millage requests designed to bring in first-year revenue of $11.9 million, according to a local ballot proposal analysis compiled by MIRS.
Based on recent performance, new money asks for libraries have generally been successful. Since Aug. 2012, 82 percent of millage and bonding requests for libraries have passed. Last August, 50 of 56 requests (89 percent) were victorious.
This go around, the most expensive proposal on the table is in Livingston County, where the Cromaine District Library is asking for a $12 million bond, which would be paid off in 20 years through another .76 mill in property taxes.
The only other bonding request for libraries is coming out of Muskegon County and the Hackley Public Library system, which is looking for another .5474-mill over 16 years to pay for a $3.2 million bond.
Another 13 districts are asking for millage increases ranging from 1.4 mill in Redford Township to .1068 mill in Saginaw County's Richland Township for an average request of .0688 for an average request of .63 mills over 7.46 years. The request in Richland Township is for a permanent funding source.
After turning down a 10-year, .25-mill request in August, voters in Oakland County's Addison Township are being asked to approve this time a 10-year, .2-mill request. Oxford Township in Oakland County has a 10-year, .4518-mill request on the ballot after this same request failed in August.
On the renewal side, Bay County's Library System is asking for 1 mill over 6 years for $2.853 annually. Wexford County also has its 8-year, .6785-mill request before voters. Eight other libraries also have their renewals up.
Gail MADZIAR, executive director the Michigan Library Association, said libraries have done a good job informing voters on how they help a community, particularly in recent years with free broadband Internet service.
In northern communities, in particular, where broadband service isn't always available, residents use libraries to stay connected. In Kalkaska County, for example, only 25 percent of homes have broadband service so libraries become essential.
"Libraries become the heart of a community, and the people who use them understand that it's the local millage that help them grow and sustain themselves," she said.
On average, 78 percent of a library's revenue comes from property taxes millages, which makes these votes important to these libraries, particularly with declining property values impacting revenue streams.
"Residents know they have to support the libraries to have sustainable communities," Madziar said.
For the full article, see "25 Library Proposals Going Before Voters", Inside MIRS Today, October 28, 2014.
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Even with an extra year, the Michigan Department of Corrections hasn't made much of a "double-dipping" program intended to save millions of dollars in overtime pay.
A Legislature-sanctioned program allowing retired corrections officers to come back to work without giving up their pensions was supposed to save Corrections $10 million in a year by reducing overtime costs associated with a worsening employee shortage.
But, throughout the state's 2013 and 2014 fiscal years, just $563,000 has been saved, Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said today. That's because the department fell far short of the 250 retirees it expected would return to work.
For the full article, see Justin A. Hinkley, "Corrections 'double-dipping' savings short of goal", Detroit Free Press, October 28, 2014.
Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow based at The Century Foundation, a left-leaning think tank, and the movement's most vocal proponent. "Students from the richest quarter of the population outnumber students of the lowest quarter of the population by 14 to 1 at elite colleges, University of Michigan included."
Other scholars point to studies that show admitting students based on class as opposed to race will achieve some racial diversity, but not the same level netted with affirmative action. They say both tools are needed to include more students from different income levels and racial groups.
"If we are going to address the gaps, we need both class-based and race-based admissions," said Donald E. Heller, dean of Michigan State University's College of Education and an expert in higher education. "Stratification is getting worse in higher education. Enrollment is much more skewed to the upper half of income distribution of America, and there are fewer students of color."
For the full article, see Kim Kozlowski, Michigan colleges look to boost low-income enrollment", Detroit News, October 28, 2014.
Voters can show how they feel about wolf hunting through two largely symbolic Nov. 4 ballot issues that also reflect a growing debate whether such controversial issues are best decided at polling places or by lawmakers reflecting their constituents’ wishes.
Michiganians are asked to approve or reject two Legislature-passed laws that allow wolves to be classified as game species and hunted but are being challenged through the state’s citizen referendum process. The two laws are suspended pending the Nov. 4 election and already are scheduled to be replaced by a third law approved by lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder this year that also allows wolf hunting.
The move by Snyder and lawmakers is at the crux of the debate about the best way to decide controversial issues because it was part of an end-around strategy by wolf hunting proponents that made the two ballot issues powerless — except as a gauge of the public will.
For the full article, see Gary Heinlein, "Ballot issues target wolf hunting", Detroit News, October 28, 2014.
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