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In eight days, Michigan voters will head to the polls and decide on a proposal that could change how businesses are taxed and communities receive revenue.
Proposal 1 is complicated and confusing, partly because the ballot language doesn't even mention the personal property tax it aims to phase out.
Last week, MLive had a 5-day series analyzing the only ballot proposal on the Aug. 5 primary.
Most communities get some money from the tax, which businesses pay on equipment and machinery. Dearborn, which has heavy manufacturing, gets a good chunk -- 17 percent -- from the PPT.
If approved by voters, Proposal 1 would gradually eliminate the PPT on businesses and replace it with other revenue, which supporters say would stabilize essential services like police and fire.
What is the proposal? MLive political reporter Jonathan Oosting took a deep dive look at the proposal.
For the full article, see Fritz Klug, "Proposal 1: Everything you need to know about August 2014 ballot issue", MLive, July 28, 2014.
Brenda Lawrence is the childhood friend of Rudy Hobbs' mother-in-law. Her grandchildren are good friends with his kids. So how is it that Lawrence and Hobbs are running against each other in the open 14th Congressional District? Is there animosity there? Listen to the two tell their stories on this week's podcast.
Also, MIRS Editor Kyle Melinn breaks down some of the campaign finance numbers from Friday. Should Mark Schauer feel good he's only down 2:1 to Gov. Rick Snyder in fundraising?
Between July 23 and July 28, 1967, 43 died, 467 were injured, and over 7000 were arrested in Detroit during a series of skirmishes between Detroit police, the National Guard, the U.S. Army, and the African Americans of Detroit. It was one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in United States history, lasting five days and surpassing the violence and property destruction of Detroit's 1943 race riot.
Source : Michigan Every Day
Detroit Burning: Photos From the 12th Street Riot, 1967 courtesy of Life magazine.
Detroit Riots of 1967 maintained by Rutgers University.
During the 1967 riot, the Free Press borrows an armored personnel carrier (sans gun) from Chrysler Corp., which builds them in Warren. The vehicle is used to protect reporters in riot areas. But one morning, several staffers drive the APC to the Detroit News building and demand that the News staffers surrender.
Source : Peter Gavrilovich, "178 fun facts for the Detroit Free Press' 178th birthday, Detroit Free Press, September 22, 2013.
Banking executive Jerry Campbell — the developer of the failed $50-million Pinnacle Race Course who walked away from its $2.5-million tax bill four years ago — is now working to open an Indian casino just a mile from the abandoned track near Detroit Metro Airport.
His partner in the new casino venture, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is the same tribe that opened Detroit’s Greektown Casino as a non-tribal venture that declared bankruptcy in 2008 amid an avalanche of $875 million in debt.
The new Huron Township casino would be located in a vacant 71,000-square-foot megachurch building set in the woods off I-275 near Detroit's Metro Airport. The largest tribe within Michigan by membership, the Sault also operates five small Kewadin casinos in the U.P. and has been pushing for several years to build a casino in downtown Lansing.
Off-reservation tribal casinos
Gaining approval for new tribal-land Indian casinos is a complex process. Generally speaking, it involves a two-part determination:
- Approval from the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
- Approval from the governor.
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are testing a novel legal theory that, if accepted, would require only one approval — that of the Interior Secretary.
The theory is based on wording in the 1997 federal Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act that was meant to distribute compensation to the Sault for lands taken from them in northern Michigan by treaty in 1836. The tribe submitted an application to Interior last month seeking land in Huron Township and downtown Lansing. Attorneys for the tribe and the State of Michigan (which opposes the application) say it could take several months or years for the project to ultimately get approved or denied.
For the full article, see J. C. Reindl, "Developer of failed horse track wants to open casino near Metro Airport", Detroit Free Press, July 27, 2014.
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