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February 21, 2017 - 9:28:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

House GOP Backs Off Income Tax Elimination

The House on Tuesday changed its income tax reduction plan to a gradual decrease to 3.9 percent over four years instead of eliminating the tax entirely over several decades.

Senate Panel Talks Repeal, Replacement Of School Accreditation System

February 21, 2017 - 9:10:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

House Republican leadership worked furiously during today's House session to cobble together an income tax elimination plan that could pass. It ended up adopting a neutered version that was queued up for final passage, which drops the state income tax rate from 4.25 to 3.9 percent over four years.

February 21, 2017 - 8:49:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Energy

Michiganians packed a state House panel hearing Tuesday to voice their concerns with so-called “smart meters” that transport utility usage information directly to companies.

Many residents who testified in the nearly filled committee room said they worry that the new utility meters hurt their health and invade their privacy because they have no say in whether the company can install the particular kind of meter at their home unless they pay extra fees. Utility representatives countered that studies have shown their concerns are unfounded.

February 21, 2017 - 5:56:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

Presidents and high-level officials from nine of Michigan's public universities gathered outside the House chamber on Tuesday, lobbying against a proposal that would gradually eliminate the state's personal income tax.

"Our message to legislators today is slow down, let's look very hard at the reasons why people want to do this, what the consequences may be, and decide together whether this is a thoughtful way forward for the greatest level of success of our state," said University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel.

February 21, 2017 - 4:27:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Bridge

Chastity Pratt Dawsey, "Michigan shuts down bad schools. Leading states build them up." : Researchers across the country say Michigan’s school accountability law is in a class all its own. They note that no other state requires the closure each year of its lowest-performing public schools.

February 21, 2017 - 8:30:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Animals

Russian wild boars have been described as Asian carp with legs, 200-pound marauders that dig up lawns, decimate crops, spread disease and kill livestock.

They also happen to be delicious.

The dichotomy has helped spur a vicious food fight in Michigan that, after six years, shows few signs of slowing.

The latest salvo came in November when a judge ruled the state Department of Natural Resources failed to prove a farmer’s pigs were Russian boars, which are illegal in Michigan. The DNR is appealing.

February 21, 2017 - 4:59:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

The British built the first USS Detroit at Malden, Canada, in 1813. The U.S. Navy captured the 12-gun vessel in the Battle of Lake Erie the same year.

February 21, 2017 - 4:38:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On Feb. 21, 1978, 75 fifth graders jammed into Gov. William G. Milliken's office to watch him sign into law their bill protecting house cats from hunters. The St. Clair elementary school students initiated the legislation by bombarding their state senators with letters protesting a 1929 law that made it legal to shoot cats.

Source: Mich-again's Day

February 21, 2017 - 4:26:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Photo of Malcolm X, courtesy of the Library of Congress

Today is the 47th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination. Malcolm X was also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. An influential African-American Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist, he once said: "If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything."

And of course, he is a former resident of Lansing, Michigan.

February 21, 2017 - 4:17:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Attracted to the abundant snows of the western Upper Peninsula, Norway native Carl Tellefsen quickly made his mark on the local skiing scene, eventually serving as founder and first president of the National Ski Association. The Association steadily grew in popularity and was a natural choice to house the National Ski Hall of Fame, which opened in 1954. Today the National Ski Association is called the U.S.