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A 22-year-old Detroit WPA worker was kidnapped, shot ten times, and his body left lying on a rural road. The murder investigation exposed and destroyed a statewide organization called the "Black Legion," an underground society that used guns, group vengeance and terrorism against those who opposed their anti-Jew, anti-black, anti-communist, anti-Catholic philosophy.
Source : Michigan History
On May 22, 1926, Michigan became the nation's sixth state to register and license more than 1,000,000 automobiles.
Source: Mich-Again's Day.
Prevailing Wage Targeted For Repeal Via Petition
A showdown vote on whether to repeal the prevailing wage law that requires wages for state-funded construction projects equal to union-scale wages in the same area where the project will be built appears inevitable this year with a conservative group seeking a voter-initiated act to end the law. The move would render Governor Rick Snyder's opposition to repeal of the prevailing wage moot because legislative approval of the petition, under the Constitution, would enact the proposal.
Farrington Nixes Roads Ballot Proposal As New Committee Opens Hearings
The House Roads and Economic Development Committee took up the allegedly "easy" bills in a transportation funding package on Thursday, but even those who supported Proposal 15-1, which included similar bills and was overwhelmingly rejected by voters, said they were "holding their nose" on those provisions in an effort to compromise.
Johnson Expects To Resolve Illinois Court Case, Attorney Says
A judge in Illinois ordered Sen. Bert Johnson held in contempt on Wednesday for failing to show up for a hearing, and on Thursday, Mr. Johnson's attorney said he and the senator will be on their way to Cook County soon.
Penalties For Enbridge Not Yet Completed
The $75 million settlement announced earlier in the week with Enbridge Energy resolves state law claims against the company, but there are other fines and costs yet to come over the Kalamazoo River oil spill, Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant told the House Appropriations Environmental Quality Subcommittee. With the cleanup, the company has already spent $1.2 billion, Mr. Wyant said. Of the settlement, Mr. Wyant said $63 million was being invested in environmental improvements. But he said there could be additional state assessments depending on the discussions of a coming Natural Resource Damage Council. That body will look at any damages the spill might have done to the river beyond the cleanup work already done.
Audit Meant Changes To Youth Challenge Operations
Officials with both the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Office of the Auditor General said there were changes in the oversight and operations of the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy after a recent performance audit critical of its operations. But the staffing issue raised in the audit cannot be addressed without additional funds, DMVA officials told the House Military and Veterans Committee and the House Oversight and Ethics Committee at a joint meeting.
Brandenburg To Hold Hearing On Khouri
At the request of Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, Sen. Jack Brandenburg expects to hold an advice and consent hearing on the appointment of Treasurer Nick Khouri, but Mr. Brandenburg was uncertain when exactly that may be. Senate Democrats called on Mr. Meekhof (R-West Olive) to have an advice and consent hearing on Mr. Khouri in mid-March, and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) welcomed the opportunity in a statement Thursday. Advice and consent hearings have been non-existent during the administration of Governor Rick Snyder because the Senate majority and Mr. Snyder are of the same party. But Mr. Brandenburg (R-Harrison Township) welcomed the opportunity.
ACLU Challenges License Gender Designations
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit challenging policy Secretary of State Ruth Johnson implemented requiring the gender on state identification cards match the gender on a person's birth certificate. The policy essentially requires transgender persons to get amended birth certificates to change the gender on their driver's license or state identification card. But the group said state regulations on birth certificates allow them to be changed only after a person has gender reassignment surgery, a move many transgender persons do not want to make or cannot afford.
Full House Approves Fee Bills
Legislation increasing fees - some needed to balance the 2015-16 budget - cleared the House on Thursday.
Group Seeking To Allow Voting By Mail Through Ballot Proposal
A Group called Let's Vote, Michigan! has submitted signatures to the Department of State in an effort to get a proposal on the November 2016 ballot to permit voting by mail.
Kelly Starts Up Uber Debate With New Bill Package
The debate on providing state regulations for transportation network companies - like Uber and Lyft - is ready to get started again under a five-bill package set to be introduced in the House next week.
April Revenues Show Decline Compared To 2014
Michigan tax and lottery revenues in April totaled $1.9 billion, despite a big jump in personal income tax revenues, as sales tax, use tax and corporate income tax collections fell.
Supreme Court Reverses Two Appeals Court Decisions
Instead of taking arguments in two cases, the Supreme Court reversed two Court of Appeals decisions via orders on Thursday, including a decision in one case that denied a convicted man the ability to seek DNA testing of a blood sample found at the scene of a murder.
Detroit Among Least Efficient Cities
Of the 51 largest cities nationally, Detroit is just short of being the worst for energy efficiency, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy said in a report released Thursday. The report ranked Detroit 48 with a score of 17.5 out of 100.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 101, May 21, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
Legislators would have the opportunity to vote on a prevailing wage repeal under a citizens' initiative proposal that was filed with the Secretary of State's office today.
The organization Protecting Michigan Taxpayers -- which assisted in the effort to vote "yes" on 2012's Proposal 1 and "no" on the other five ballot proposals that year -- is being jumpstarted back to life with the support of the Michigan Freedom Fund and the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC).
The citizens' initiative process allows the group to collect roughly 252,523 signatures from registered voters after their language is approved by the Board of State Canvassers, which could theoretically happen as soon as Tuesday's meeting.
For the full article, see "Citizens Initiative To Repeal Prevailing Wage Filed With SOS", Inside MIRS Today, May 21, 2015.
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Much of the 2016 state budget agreement between Gov. Rick Snyder and state lawmakers was shrouded in unusual secrecy Thursday, but state universities were disappointed with the share they’ll get.
An industry spokesman said the 1.5 percent boost in state funding proposed for public universities — one of just two budget agreement details officials have made public — is below expectations. He said it could mean some schools can’t live with a disappointingly low 2.8 percent limit on tuition increases Snyder and lawmakers also propose.
“We were expecting more on both ends,” said Mike Boulus, executive director of the Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan. “We expected the (state revenue) increase to be north of 2 percent.”
Snyder’s original proposal in February called for a 2 percent increase in the $1.5 billion higher education budget. It would have spread an added $28 million among universities next fall.
Now they’re looking at a smaller increase coupled with a stringent limit on tuition increases. Boulus speculated some university governing boards may boost tuition more than 2.8 percent.
“It wouldn’t be a surprise to see one or two universities look at the numbers and say a 1.5 percent increase equals ‘X’; I can do a lot better by foregoing those appropriations dollars and increasing tuition more, as Wayne State (University) already has done once,” he said.
For the full article, see Gary Heinlein, "Snyder, lawmakers shroud budget pact in unusual secrecy", Detroit News, May 21, 2015.
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