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October 26, 2016 - 4:31:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Marion Weyant and Roger Rae, 1931 (Photo Courtesy of Craig A. Whitford)

On October 27, 1936, Marion “Babe” Weyant soloed in an Aeronca two-cylinder plane owned by Harvey Hughes. The reporter noted that the pilots called Marion Weyant, “Babe,” certainly a name that evoked her youth and petite stature, but failed to capture her determination. She told the press, “I want to be a transport pilot . . . I don’t ever want to marry.”

October 26, 2016 - 4:29:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

On Oct. 26, 1864, the 28th Michigan Infantry left for war. Organized from communities in the southwestern Lower Peninsula, the 28th Michigan Infantry left its encampment at Kalamazoo for Nashville, Tennessee. In December, the regiment saw action at the Battle of Nashville.

Source: 2003 Michigan History Magazine

October 26, 2016 - 4:22:00 am (America/Detroit)
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Charles W. (“C.W.”) Post was born this day in 1854. In 1895, he would found Postum Cereals – later known as Post Cereals – in Battle Creek.

C.W. Post

C.W. Post


October 26, 2016 - 4:17:00 am (America/Detroit)
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The Michigan State Colored Convention held in Detroit, October 26-27, 1843, assembled for the purpose of taking into consideration the political status of blacks within the state. Like Negroes in most of the free states, Michigan blacks were denied the franchise. The convention denounced this deprivation.

October 26, 2016 - 4:13:00 am (America/Detroit)
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Erie Canal via Wikipedia

The journey from New York to Detroit was shortened from weeks to days with the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. The opening of the canal led to a tidal wave of settlers from New England as well as cutting the cost of shipping goods.

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.