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March 29, 2017 - 4:11:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

After news arrived regarding the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, officially ending the War of 1812, Detroiters and Canadians threw a Grand Pacification Ball at the Steamboat Hotel (formerly called the Woodworth Hotel) on March 29, 1815 to show the world that there were no hard feelings. British officers from Fort Malden, the leading citizens of Detroit, and civilian dignitaries from the Canadian side of the river attended. The fiddles played late into the night, glasses were filled and emptied many times as toasts to peace and brotherhood rang out.

March 28, 2017 - 10:42:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

Sen. Johnson Employed Staffer Convicted In EAA Corruption Case

Sen. Bert Johnson, whose home and office were raided by the FBI and the Michigan Department of State Police on Monday for a cause not yet known, employed a woman recently convicted but not yet sentenced for her role in the Education Achievement Authority corruption scandal, sources speaking on the condition of anonymity have confirmed with Gongwer News Service.

House School Aid Budget Veers From Snyder Recommendation

March 28, 2017 - 9:20:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

Private schools could get a piece of $250,000 in state grants for a robotics programs and the Science Olympiad under a K-12 budget that cleared the House K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee this morning.

March 28, 2017 - 1:37:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Transportation

Exactly 191 Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) positions, or 6.5 percent of the department's slated full-time employees would be eliminated in a House Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget and the estimated $20 million saved put into the roads, under a proposal that moved out of a House committee this afternoon.

Most of the slated eliminated positions, 150, are coming out of MDOT's design and engineering section. Twenty would come out of the finance, contracting and support while 10 would be sliced from transportation planning.

March 28, 2017 - 11:43:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Employment and Labor

After taking $10 million from an Unemployment Insurance Agency contingent fund to balance this year’s budget, House lawmakers want to raid the fund for an additional $25 million next year, under a draft budget approved by a subcommittee today.

March 28, 2017 - 11:19:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Budget

A House subcommittee this morning cut $79 million in mostly IT and job creation funding increases Gov. Rick Snyder had proposed in his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget recommendation as a first step in the House's attempt to present a leaner budget that could support an income tax cut.

Changes to the Governor's General Government budget had initially included a $9 million cut to the state's Pure Michigan marketing program, as well, but an amendment from Rep. Kim LaSata (R-St. Joseph) salvaged the program at $34 million.

March 28, 2017 - 8:33:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Bridge

Ted Roelofs, "Obamacare survives, but some rural hospitals may not" : While repeal may no longer be likely, President Trump and some conservative members of Congress have hinted at future efforts to cripple or dismantle ACA provisions that small rural hospitals in Michigan say have helped to stabilize their finances.

March 28, 2017 - 4:38:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On March 28, 1977, the worst outbreak of botulism in the nation's history occurred when 59 people contracted the disorder after eating food at a Pontiac Mexican restaurant. The source : home canned peppers.

Though all but two of the victims were hospitalized -- some in critical condition -- through quick identification of the toxin, which was one of the deadliest poisons known, fatalities were averted.

March 28, 2017 - 4:31:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Detroit Red Wings star Gordie Howe suffered a near-fatal injury after he tried to slam into Toronto Maple Leafs captain Ted (Teeder) Kennedy during the opening game of the playoffs at Olympia Stadium on March 28, 1950.

Howe crashed into the boards headfirst and had to be carried away on a stretcher as fans in the stands silently watched, shocked.

It was three days before his 22nd birthday.

March 28, 2017 - 4:24:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On March 28, 1941, a small army of construction workers began clearing a five-square mile patch of land near Ypsilanti. The Willow Run bomber plant was the largest aircraft manufacturing facility ever built. Now, 75 years later, Willow Run’s proud legacy of innovation continues.

Willow Run would become the largest aircraft manufacturing facility ever built. Willow Run churned out one B-24 bomber every hour. At its peak, it employed 42,000 people, one-third of them women.