Michigan State University
February 18, 2017 - 12:14:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Demographics

This slideshow features the 48 ZIP Codes in Michigan with the lowest average income reported on 2014 federal tax returns, which is the most recent data available from the Internal Revenue Service. Click here to see data for all Michigan ZIP Codes with at least 100 returns. Caveats on the data: The average tax is based only on returns with tax liability and the numbers are based on a sampling of returns.

February 18, 2017 - 4:50:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Recreation and Tourism, State News


As a Michigan State University student, you can study violin with a touring virtuoso artist, you can research rare isotopes at a world renowned research facility, you can play football at the Rose Bowl, or you can experiment in the field of genetics with a MacArthur genius.

But let’s not forget, you can also ride a bucking bronco at the 48th Annual Spartan Stampede Rodeo, appearing at the MSU Pavilion Feb. 17-19.

February 18, 2017 - 4:47:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Lauryn Williams at the World Athletics Championships 2007 in Osaka, courtesy of the Wikipedia Commons

Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams -- who spent a good part of her childhood in Detroit -- win a silver medal in the two-person bobsled competition at the Winter Olympics. After 4 heats they lost the gold by .10 seconds.

February 18, 2017 - 4:45:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On Feb. 18, 1977, Karl Thomas, a 28-year-old adventurer from Troy, landed his hot-air balloon on a remote island 15 miles northeast of Jacksonville, Fla., ending a record 18-day solo voyage across the United States.

Source : This Week in Michigan History, Detroit Free Press, February 17, 2008, B.4.

February 18, 2017 - 4:37:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

The grave of George Gipp, Lake View Cemetery, Calumet, Michigan, USA., courtesy of the Wikipedia Commons

February 18, 2017 - 4:23:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On this day in 1842, the Michigan legislature approved the organization of a public school system in Detroit. Today they are still debating how to finance it!

Source : Historical Society of Michigan.

February 18, 2017 - 4:05:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On this day the Treaty of Ghent was officially proclaimed, ending the War of 1812, and officially returning Mackinac Island to the United States. Since news travelled slowly back then, the British garrison did not find out about the Treaty until May 1815, and the British commander was not too happy about surrendering the island. The departing British soldiers only traveled about 40 miles away to Drummond Island where they constructed Fort Collier since they thought Drummond Island was on the British side of the border and that St. Joseph Island was on the American side.

February 17, 2017 - 11:18:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

Income Tax Repeal May See Changes Before House Vote

The income tax rollback proposal as it sits on the House floor may need to see some changes before it has enough votes to make it to the Senate, several sources said Friday.

Leonard Email Rallies Against ‘Establishment'

An email sent by House Speaker Tom Leonard to some Republican state convention delegates this week said, as he pursues the repeal of Common Core State Standards and an income tax cut, the "establishment" will be tough opposition he is committed to fighting.

February 17, 2017 - 10:54:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

Even if the state's income tax rate stays at 4.25 percent, state policymakers will -- in the not too distant future -- need to cut the budget or raise more money because of spending pressures and tax cuts already in motion, according to Mitch Bean of Great Lakes Economic Consulting.

In an analysis requested by MIRS, the former House Fiscal Agency director wrote that any income tax elimination proposal "seems to ignore what's already been done on the tax policy front, the budgetary impact of already enacted changes, and spending pressures the state is facing in the near future."