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October 25, 2016 - 1:46:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Taxation

The Michigan Senate is seeking to unify the property tax exemption for nonprofits across all municipalities in the state.

October 25, 2016 - 9:27:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Transportation


The question of increasing property taxes for enhanced transit services is one of the more significant questions appearing on the ballot in four Southeast Michigan counties. To help voters understand the question before them, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has published an analysis of the question that explains the tax, describes the relatively new Regional Transit Authority (RTA), describes how revenues from the tax would supplement existing locally-raised revenues, and explores the potential impact on metropolitan Detroit.

October 25, 2016 - 8:55:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Employment and Labor

Michigan is hoping to close the employment gap between people with and without disabilities with 13 Project SEARCH locations serving 150 students across the state, said Bob Wheaton, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

"Schools and businesses are working together to allow students with disabilities to have work experience in last year of secondary education," Wheaton said.

The program runs from September to May and sends students to three different placements during that time.

October 25, 2016 - 8:51:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Local Government

The Free Press editorial page has long supported comprehensive reform for the state’s system of funding local governments. That reform should include a look at how Proposal A and the Headlee Amendment cut local governments out of property tax growth that benefits the state. It should look at how the state supports local government services through revenue sharing.

It’s long past time to rethink the way we support local governments and to get them the money they need to deliver top-quality services to Michigan residents.

All we need is the will in Lansing to get us started.

October 25, 2016 - 4:43:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Mark Dantonio was speaking at a luncheon Saturday afternoon three hours before kickoff of the Michigan game when he was surprised with a rare piece of Michigan State football history.

Bob Apisa, the All-American fullback at Michigan State in the 1960's, walked up to Dantonio at the luncheon and surprised him with a game ball he had kept from his playing days.

October 25, 2016 - 4:40:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

After four years of construction, Francis Clergue, hoping to make a fortune selling electric power, opens a hydro-power plant in Sault Ste. Marie (U.S.). This low-head hydro plant was the longest in the world, and in design capacity (40,000 h.p.) was second only to Niagara in the U.S. The canal had the largest water-carrying section in the U.S., delivering 30,000 cubic feet per second.

October 25, 2016 - 4:35:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

After his first broadcast on radio station WJR in 1926 he received eight letters from listeners. At his controversial peak, 30 million listeners coast-to-coast tuned in his broadcasts and he received 80 thousand letters a week.

Stations in London, Rome and Madrid carried his program. Fr. Coughlin was called many things: Social watchdog, Nazi, saint, anti-Semite. In response to the charge of anti-Semitism, he replied that he had also...assailed prominent Gentiles, both Catholic and Protestant."

October 25, 2016 - 4:22:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

An underwater telephone cable allowed the first permanent connection between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan on this day in 1889.

Source : Michigan History, September/October 2011.

October 24, 2016 - 11:27:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

Celello Touts Record, But LaFave Says ‘He's Still A Dem'

The Upper Peninsula's 108th House District seemed like a lock for the Democrats at the beginning of the 2016 cycle with their stellar recruit in Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Celello, but 24-year-old Beau LaFave is telling voters: "He's still a Democrat."

House Settles With Allard, Graham In Lawsuit

October 24, 2016 - 10:57:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

Could eight bills introduced in the House last week threaten to jeopardize Democrats' path to House majority?

That's the concern of some House D's and outside observers after the Michigan Gun Violence Prevention Caucus loaded up an eight-bill package that bans assault weapon sales, among other gun restriction measures. The bills are now being used politically against Democrats in competitive seats where voters are likely to have pro-gun sentiments.