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Gov. Whitmer Calls For Cross-Aisle Cooperation As She Takes Oath Of Office

LANSING - As eight years of total Republican control of state government ended at noon Tuesday, Democrats crowded the Capitol lawn with a smattering of Republicans on hand as well to mark the opening of a new political era in state government. A Democratic governor, secretary of state and attorney general. A Republican Legislature and

By |2019-01-02T13:54:37-04:00January 2nd, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

First Lawsuit Filed Against Line 5 Tunnel Authority

LANSING - The first legal challenge has been filed to the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, the new entity that will own and oversee the to be constructed tunnel housing the Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. That a lawsuit was filed was no surprise, but the plaintiff in the case is both

By |2018-12-20T17:20:03-04:00December 20th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Enbridge, Supporters Pack Meeting As Board Approves Tunnel

ST. IGNACE - The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority Board approved the agreements Wednesday to allow construction of a new utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac after a public comment period that leaned toward support for the tunnel and the current pipeline. Board members noted the statute required them to approve the agreement if it

By |2018-12-20T17:20:03-04:00December 20th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

DNR, Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger Donate 25 Deer To Food Banks

LANSING - A unique partnership between government and not-for-profit organizations is expected to provide those in need within Michigan with 4,400-plus meals of one of the most requested items at food pantries: protein. The recent effort to collect venison from Michigan hunters by the Food Bank Council of Michigan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and

By |2018-12-16T15:53:46-04:00December 16th, 2018|Politics|

Union Decertification, Tipping Fee Bills Die In Senate

LANSING - Legislation requiring public sector unions to biennially hold decertification elections is dead for the current term from a lack Senate Republican votes but may be pursued by the Legislature in the upcoming term, the majority leader told reporters following session Thursday. Another major bill, Governor Rick Snyder's proposal to increase the tipping fee on

By |2018-12-15T16:40:34-04:00December 14th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Flow-Through’ Exemption Restorer Bill Heads To House

LANSING - Nearly 250,000 Michigan "Flow-Through" business organized as S Corporations or partnerships could claim state income tax exemptions under legislation that the Senate unanimously passed Thursday. Under the 2017 U.S. Tax Cut, "Flow-Through entities" lost their ability to deduct what they pay in state income taxes. C Corporations, by contrast, did not lose that

By |2018-12-06T20:17:13-04:00December 6th, 2018|Politics, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available To West Michigan Agricultural Businesses Damaged By Spring Rains

DETROIT – Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million are available to some agricultural related businesses damaged by excessive rains in May and June in Allegan, Barry, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and Van Buren counties. The news came this week from the U.S. Small Business Administration. “When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster

By |2018-12-06T17:58:20-04:00December 6th, 2018|Politics|

Proponents For Paid Sick Leave To Seek Ballot Proposal In 2020

LANSING - The Michigan Senate-passed bill changing the voter-initiated law requiring employers to provide paid sick time their employees so severely guts the act with little hope of legitimate negotiations to soften the legislation that the organizers of the proposal say they will begin collecting signatures to bring their proposal back for the 2020 ballot.

By |2018-11-30T09:47:04-04:00November 30th, 2018|Politics|

Michigan Elected Officials, Environmental Groups Urge Quick State Action On Cancer-Causing PFAS In Michigan Waterways

LANSING - Michigan elected officials and environmental groups urged quick state action Thursday after a published report showed industry is still releasing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances into some Michigan waterways. Department of Environmental Quality officials, contacted following an MLive report that catalogued large quantities of PFAS discharged by industry into waterways, said efforts are already underway to

By |2018-11-30T09:47:04-04:00November 30th, 2018|Clean Update, Politics|

Social Media Rumor Wrongly Charges Voter Fraud In State

LANSING - An inaccurate claim, apparently started by a Chicago-area conservative author and picked up by a number of Michigan residents on social media, asserted that 60 percent of Michigan counties report more registered voters than residents, a charge easily refuted by looking at voter data and state population data. The claim was initially made

By |2018-11-16T10:18:36-04:00November 16th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|