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Three union groups have contributed nearly $1.2 million to a petition initiative to hike Michigan’s Corporate Income Tax, according to a report filed Tuesday with Michigan’s Secretary of State.
Citizens for Fair Taxes wants to hike the CIT from its current 6% rate to 11%, which is an increase of 83%. They say the change would raise about $900 million a year to fix Michigan roads and help correct a shift in the tax burden from businesses to individual taxpayers since Republican Gov. Rick Snyder took office in 2011.
For the full article, see Paul Egan, "Group backing corporate tax hike raises $1.2M", Detroit Free Press, August 25, 2015.
One Michigan senator is looking to ensure fantasy sports stay legal in Michigan by classifying them as a game of skill.
Sen, Curtis Hertel, D-Meridian Township, introduced Senate Bill 459, which would take preemptive measures against fantasy sports being made illegal in Michigan. There is nothing banning fantasy sports in Michigan currently.
In Michigan, it is illegal to have unregulated betting on games of chance. By classifying fantasy sports as a game of skill, it would continue to be legal to bet on fantasy sports in Michigan.
For the full article, see Kyle Feldscher, "Michigan senator wants to make sure betting on fantasy sports stays legal", MLive, August 25, 2015.
Nancy Derringer, "An accident runner, a chiropractor, and the push to curb no-fault insurance" : The insurance industry cites schemes involving morally flexible lawyers and overactive doctors as reason to curb Michigan’s no-fault law. Critics say Lansing’s “reform” legislation would hurt the most seriously injured.
Amy Slancik, "An early childhood home visitation program blooms in Kalamazoo" : Kalamazoo’s “Parents as Teachers” program gives critical support to parents who may feel isolated
The scandal involving Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat has prompted some entertaining look-backs at infamous Michigan political scandals.
The listicles from the Detroit Free Press and MLive are fun and helpful. Helpful because they serve to remind that while the Courser-Gamrat mess is bad, it really is nothing compared to the full-blown corruption seen with the Purple Gang and the House Fiscal Agency that enveloped vast swaths of the Legislature.
But while both pieces offer a great trip down memory lane and are well-researched, there is one doozy that lives on in Capitol lore that warrants inclusion: the scandal involving “Daniel West,” the imposter legislator.
The official House photo of the man claiming to be Daniel West
In 1962, voters in Wayne County’s 6th House District elected a Democrat calling himself Daniel West as one of three representatives for the district in Detroit (House elections worked differently then, a digression we will sidestep here). He had a sterling resume, claiming an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and law degree from Yale University. He was married with two children and a retired attorney.
Mr. West, according to his official biography in the 1963-64 Michigan Manual, had held various local offices and was at the time of his election a retail hardware dealer.
In 1964, he easily won re-election.
Then his scheme unraveled. According to The Associated Press (sadly, one of the few portions of the Gongwer News Service archives that is missing is from late 1964 and early 1965), a detective investigating a complaint against Mr. West discovered his fingerprints matched those of a felon who served time in three prisons under different names for burglary, larceny and forgery.
“Daniel West,” in fact, was a New York attorney who died in 1961. Whoever it was that won those two elections to the Michigan House stole Mr. West’s identity.
Once “Mr. West” was revealed to be a fraud, the House, in the only known time to have taken such action, refused to seat him when the Legislature convened for the start of the 1965-66 term, and the seat was declared vacant.
For the full article, see Zachary Gorchow, "The Forgotten Scandal: ‘Daniel West,’ The Imposter Legislator, Gongwer Blog Post, August, 25 2015.
Michigan State will unveil its $24.5 million north end zone expansion Monday, August 25. The facility will have a 4,500 square foot home locker room that will be named for Rachel Adams, the mother of former Spartan Flozell Adams, who gave $1.5 million to the project.
From its humble beginnings on the corner of Shaw Lane and Red Cedar Road in 1923 to its jumbotron-laced current state in 2014, here's a look at the evolution of Spartan Stadium as told through rare historical photos courtesy of Gillian Van Stratt, "The evolution of Spartan Stadium as told through rare historical photos", Lansing State Journal, August 25, 2014.
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