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February 17, 2017 - 7:57:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Taxation

An analysis of the possible impact of repealing the income tax and what we can learn from Kansas

To read the full report see Consequences of eliminating Michigan’s individual income tax

Posted on February 13, 2017 by Bob Kleine, Interim Director, MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy


February 17, 2017 - 7:48:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Dome

Jack Lessenberry:  Detroit’s Music Heritage Rises From the Ashes
Detroit Sound Conservancy preserving Detroit’s musical heritage. Read

February 17, 2017 - 4:45:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Flint Water Crisis

(FLINT) -- A yearlong investigation that focused a civil rights lens on the Flint water crisis concluded the underlying issue beneath the crisis is "historical and systemic," with its foundation based in the "segregation of the Flint community."

The report, unanimously approved today by a Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) made up entirely of Gov. Rick Snyder appointments, said the commission "believes that we have answered our initial question, 'was race a factor in the Flint Water Crisis?'

"Our answer is an unreserved and undeniable - 'yes,'" declared the report.

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

Gil White, "‘Placemaking’ takes hold in Michigan as ‘Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper’" : Realtors sell “place” for a living. It’s a central part of the job description. So we are well-situated to be a leading voice within the private sector for what we’ve come to call placemaking. Any definition of placemaking is multifaceted, but for our purposes here, it’s all about making better people habitat in our public spaces.

February 17, 2017 - 1:41:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Grants   Categories: Grant and Loan Opportunities

National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

February 17, 2017 - 12:10:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Transportation

A Michigan lawmaker is proposing legislation after a Detroit-area man was ticketed for leaving a car running in his driveway as the vehicle warmed up.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague would let residents leave an unattended vehicle idling in a private driveway without being issued a citation.

For the full article, see "Bill would let Michiganders warm up unattended vehicles", Detroit Free Press, February 17, 2017.


February 17, 2017 - 12:06:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

Michigan does not require the teaching of black history, and it is not included, as such, in "curriculum expectations for teachers" that are currently being revised. But there are a few optional aspects of black history available for teachers to use in fifth and eighth grade and in high school.

"It's primarily civil rights, focused basically on the 20th Century," said Jim Cameron, the 69-year-old social studies consultant who oversees the history curriculum for the state.

February 17, 2017 - 12:01:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Health

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is on the rise in Michigan. The number of cases this year has surpassed 100  and continues to climb, according to preliminary data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Health Department. In 2016, there were about 448 cases of whooping cough in the state.

February 17, 2017 - 11:49:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Economic development

Opponents of a $1 billion, 20-year redevelopment tax capture plan on the move in the Michigan Senate are keeping their powder dry until it reaches the Michigan House, where a similar proposal stalled out last year.

February 17, 2017 - 8:01:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

The Michigan Women's Hall of Fame announced that it would be moving its operations from the historic Cooley-Haze House in downtown Lansing to the Meridian Mall in Okemos in late April.

The move seems to be inspired by a desire for more space.


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