Author Archives: Rick Pluta

Unions launch corporate income tax petition drive

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A group of unions has launched a petition drive to double Michigan’s corporate income tax and use the additional revenue for roads.

Union leader Tom Lutz is with the Citizens for Fair Taxes Campaign. He says corporations should have to give back about half the net tax reductions that resulted from the state’s 2011 business tax overhaul. Continue reading

6th Circuit: Federal booking photos are public

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A federal appeals court says criminal booking photos may be embarrassing, but, for now at least, they are available to the public.

The Detroit Free Press in 2012 filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the booking photos of 17 police officers facing federal corruption and civil rights charges. Continue reading

“Little House on the Prairie” actress running for Congress

Melissa Gilbert (Image provided by Melissa Gilbert for Congress)

Melissa Gilbert (Image provided by Melissa Gilbert for Congress)

Melissa Gilbert, who gained fame playing Laura Ingalls on TV’s Little House on the Prairie, says she’s running for a mid-Michigan congressional seat as a Democrat.
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Courser says GOP leaders out to destroy him

State Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer)

State Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer)

State Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) claims Michigan Republican leaders are on a campaign to destroy him as he faces an internal investigation into abusing his office to cover up an extra-marital affair.
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Third case of chronic wasting disease found in Ingham County

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State wildlife officials confirm a third deer from a mid-Michigan forest has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

These are the first instances of chronic wasting disease found in the wild in Michigan. It’s already been found in 20 states and two Canadian provinces. Continue reading

Liberal group says AG wants to overcharge for records

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A liberal organization says Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office is attempting to block an inquiry by trying to overcharge for public records. Progress Michigan says the attorney general’s office is asking for more than $19,000 to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act request. It’s for communications between AG office employees and lobbyists.

Lonnie Scott of Progress Michigan said that’s excessive. Continue reading

More people using rooftop solar to “net meter”

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More Michiganders are using rooftop solar panels to generate electricity and take advantage of a state program. It requires utilities to buy back their excess power and credit the customer. Continue reading

Three more petition drives to begin gathering signatures

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A state elections board says three more petition drives have met the technical requirements that allow them to begin collecting signatures. All of them want the force the Legislature to change laws, or put questions on the 2016 ballot.

One of the petition drives seeks to require employers to offer paid sick and family leave. Continue reading

MI Supreme Court: limits on immunity of medical marijuana cards

potHaving a Michigan medical marijuana card does not provide sweeping immunity from drug charges, according to a ruling from the state Supreme Court. But, at the same time, the unanimous opinion says prosecutors can’t argue a single misstep proves a cardholding-caretaker under the law is a drug dealer.
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