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U.S. Supreme Court Ends Redistricting Case; 2011 Maps Stay For 2020

LANSING - A U.S. District court judgment that Michigan legislative Republicans deliberately drew a partisan gerrymandered congressional and legislative lines for the 2012 to 2020 elections was vacated by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday in light of its ruling last June that nothing in the U.S. Constitution actually forbids partisan gerrymandering. But in that same

By |2019-10-21T20:07:29-04:00October 21st, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

Concerns Of Slowing Economy Grows In Survey Of Michigan Business Leaders

DETROIT - Nearly half of Michigan leaders expect state economic growth to decrease or worsen over the next year, according to a quarterly survey of business leaders, a sharp increase over the previous survey. Of those surveyed during the third quarter of the year ending September 30, about 48.8 percent said the state economy would

By |2019-10-16T20:20:32-04:00October 16th, 2019|Featured, News|

Michigan House Unanimously OKs Codification Of Online Sales Tax

LANSING - Legislation ensuring the Michigan Department of Treasury can collect sales and use tax from remote sellers – something it already does – passed unanimously through the House on Wednesday. HB 4540, HB 4541, HB 4542 and HB 4543 passed 110-0. Under the bills, marketplace facilitators would be those who sell tangible personal property at retail locations in the

By |2019-10-16T20:20:32-04:00October 16th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

U-M To Host 2020 Presidential Debate

LANSING - The University of Michigan's Crisler Center will host a presidential debate on October 15, 2020, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday. "This is a tremendous opportunity for the university community to contribute to our democracy, while setting an example of civic engagement and shining a light on the outstanding academic strengths of

By |2019-10-13T17:36:32-04:00October 13th, 2019|News|

Data Centers Opposing Switch Tax Bill

LANSING - A bill sitting in the House Commerce and Tourism Committee that would exempt data center Switch from additional property taxes is facing opposition from the other data centers in Michigan. The Michigan Data Center Alliance, a coalition of nine Michigan-based companies operating 38 data centers and employing 1,000 residents, said this week it

By |2019-10-13T17:36:32-04:00October 13th, 2019|Government/Politics, Politics, Politics/Government|

PFAS Drinking Water Draft Standards Announced

LANSING - The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy announced Friday that it will be moving forward in formally setting a threshold on certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in Michigan drinking water, becoming the first in the nation to do so and aiming for finalizing the policy as soon as April 2020. These draft

By |2019-10-13T17:36:32-04:00October 13th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

Federal Lawsuit Filed On E-Cigarette Flavors Ban

GRAND RAPIDS - A federal lawsuit was filed Friday against the state for the emergency rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services banning nearly all flavors for e-cigarettes. The lawsuit was filed at the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids by Mr. E-Liquid, a Grand Rapids-based manufacturer, retailer and wholesaler of the

By |2019-09-28T08:06:56-04:00September 28th, 2019|News|

Michigan Budget Negotiations Remain At Impasse

LANSING - Republican legislative leaders are moving ahead with plans to finalize the details of all remaining budgets Thursday and then vote the following week to send all budget bills to Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer with the question of whether she will sign them, veto them or sign them with line-item vetoes very much unknown. Tuesday

By |2019-09-17T19:33:05-04:00September 17th, 2019|Featured, Politics, Politics/Government|

Audit: Cyber Civilian Corps Failing Background Checks, Lack Experience

LANSING - Not all volunteers with the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps are meeting program requirements, including passing criminal background checks, signing a nondisclosure agreement for confidential security work and failing components of a test which validated their abilities to work with the group. These findings come from an audit released Friday by the Office of the Auditor

By |2019-09-14T13:11:08-04:00September 14th, 2019|Cyber Defense, Featured, Politics/Government|