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February 16, 2017 - 8:28:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Environmental Studies   Categories: Environment News Items

Officials with Canadian oil transport corporation Enbridge on Thursday denied reports that the company's twin, underwater, 64-year-old oil and natural gas pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac are losing their protective coating.

A work plan filed by Enbridge with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last September, now available on the company's website, references areas of "holidays," the oil and gas industry term for open areas on pipelines where anticorrosion protective coating has fallen off or is missing on the underwater portions of Line 5.



February 16, 2017 - 8:06:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Taxation


February 16, 2017 - 5:21:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Economic development

A package of bills that would allow large-scale brownfield redevelopment projects to capture taxes cleared the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee on Thursday.

The incentive is designed to help really big, or "transformational," projects all over the state.



February 16, 2017 - 5:16:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Legislature

Michigan House Republicans are out with their action plan for this session, which includes lowering the cost of auto insurance and opening up a discussion on school vouchers.

The 2017-2018 House Republican Action Plan outlines what the caucus would like to accomplish this session, which began in January and ends in December 2018.



February 16, 2017 - 11:55:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Environmental Studies   Categories: Environment News Items

A “significant public health threat” is brewing in Michigan because of chemical vapors that percolate up from the ground of former industrial or commercial sites and can leak into nearby homes, Department of Environmental Quality Director Heidi Grether said.



February 16, 2017 - 11:06:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Flint Water Crisis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has discovered the first genetic links between city water and patients diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease in Genesee County -- something researchers have sought throughout the Flint water crisis.

While the state has focused on McLaren since the genetic links were found, other experts say the three matches, including one victim who was never a patient at McLaren, suggest that Legionella thrived throughout the Flint water system, making it the real culprit in Legionnaires' deaths and illnesses in 2014 and 2015.



February 16, 2017 - 11:00:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Transportation

State Rep. Brian Elder linked U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to a gaping pothole that gives an aerial view of Interstate-75 this week, arguing "insider tax cuts" to families like the DeVoses, take money away from proper infrastructure maintenance across the state.

Elder, D-Bay City, who was elected in November, said he is frustrated by the road issue, but not "remotely surprised."



February 16, 2017 - 10:20:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

Webinar -- Examining Governor Snyder's Education Budget Recommendations

Join us for a webinar on February 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM EST.

Register now!



February 16, 2017 - 8:57:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Bridge

Chastity Pratt Dawsey, "For poor and first-generation college students, ‘I think I can’ is half the battle" : It has been long known that low-income college students, for reasons financial and otherwise, are less likely to graduate.



February 16, 2017 - 8:08:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Employment and Labor

State guidelines on privatization allow agencies to count savings on retirement debt that has to be paid whether or not the jobs are outsourced.

If that debt were not factored in, a State Journal analysis showed three contracts OK'd by the state Civil Service Commission last year — worth more than $92 million — would never have been approved because they didn't actually save enough money to meet the commission's threshold for privatization. Those contracts affected 265 state-worker jobs.



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