Michigan State University
October 27, 2016 - 8:47:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

Ottawa County Prosecutor Ronald Frantz claims Grand Valley State University has a policy that discourages prompt reporting of sexual assaults, which undermines authorities' ability to gather evidence and successfully prosecute the crimes.

"We are concerned because it hampers the ability to build cases," Frantz said, referring to the way reports trickle in from GVSU weeks and and sometimes even months after an alleged assault has occurred on campus.

October 27, 2016 - 8:42:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

Michigan's fourth- and eighth-graders ranked in the middle of the pack nationally on a rigorous science test given to a representative sample of students in each state, according to data released today.

Results from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress show 38 percent of fourth graders and 36 percent of eighth graders were proficient in science.
That's slightly above the national average, but below top-performing states like Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

October 27, 2016 - 8:32:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Native Americans

LTTB v Snyder case reservation map.jpg

A Michigan tribe has gone to court in an under-the-radar bid to designate much of Hemingway country as the state's largest Indian reservation.

October 27, 2016 - 4:49:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Established to preserve and interpret the rich copper mining heritage of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the park was headquartered in Calumet.

Sources :

Michigan History magazine, October 2003.

Keweenaw National Historic Park wikipedia entry

October 27, 2016 - 4:40:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On Oct. 27, 1972, Pontiac became the first Michigan city to ban lead-based paint, which can cause brain damage if eaten by children. The Pontiac ordinance forbid the use or sale of lead-based paints and required corrective action on existing homes.

Source: Mich-Again's Day

October 27, 2016 - 4:30:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

The first telephone installed in Michigan was not in Detroit or Grand Rapids or Ann Arbor, but in Rockland, a town of a few hundred residents in Ontonagan County in the Upper Peninsula. Linus Stannard had visited the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 and heard Alexander Bell describe his new invention. So when he returned home, he convinced friends to go in with him and set up a private telephone line from Greenland through Rockland to Ontonagan which evolved into the Ontonagan County Telephone Company.

Source : Michigan Every Day.

October 27, 2016 - 4:19:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Portrait of Governor Stevens T. Mason

It's a milestone birthday for Michigan's first governor, and the state plans to celebrate.

The Michigan Historical Commission will commemorate Stevens T. Mason's 200th birthday today with a historical marker dedication at Detroit's Capitol Park. The ceremony is set for noon at the park that's home to an 8-foot bronze statue of the man and his remains in a crypt beneath it.

October 26, 2016 - 10:59:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

20th House District: Noble, Pobur To Test Trump Effect

Democrat Colleen Pobur has a tough hill to climb for victory in the Republican-heavy 20th House District in the Plymouth area and needs presidential candidate Donald Trump to run poorly, but GOP candidate Jeff Noble said he doesn't see a large number of voters dismissing Mr. Trump.

Juvenile Prison Abuse Case Stirs Again

October 26, 2016 - 10:33:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS, Taxation

Among Michigan cities, 72 percent have been bound up in at least one tax appeal decided by the Michigan Tax Tribunal (MTT), according to the 2016 Michigan Public Policy Survey released today, punctuating an issue taken up in two branches of state government.

Nearly a quarter, or 23 percent, of local officials statewide that were surveyed by the University of Michigan's Center for Local, State and Urban Policy reported these property tax appeals cause problems for their communities' financial condition.

October 26, 2016 - 8:50:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Energy

The Michigan Senate is teeing up an energy vote for shortly after the election, sponsors of bills to overhaul the state's energy policy said Tuesday.

Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, said he has been working on energy legislation for more than two years and was informed the Senate will take it up Nov. 10, and "hopefully pass it that day."