Category Archives: State Government

Probe finds Courser, Gamrat misused public resources, Dems demand full report

Capital_Building_LansingState representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat engaged in misconduct and misused taxpayer resources. State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) says those are preliminary findings of a House Business Office investigation into a sex-and-cover-up scandal involving the lawmakers.
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Pitbull ban under fire from animal rights groups

PitbullThe city of West Branch is coming under fire from Pitbull owners and animal rights groups for their ban against the aforementioned breed.

Breed Specific Legislation are laws that ban certain types of dogs from an area. These laws are nothing new, but controversial nonetheless.
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Oil spill simulation at the Straits of Mackinac

Straits of Mackinac.  Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Next month the Coast Guard will be working with Enbridge to test their oil spill response plan, should line 5 ever rupture.

Steve Keck, a Coast Guard Contingency Preparedness Specialist, said a simulation of this size takes about a year to plan.
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Former Courser, Gamrat staffer describes “hostile, untenable work environment”

Josh Cline, a former staffer for Reps. Courser and Gamrat, spoke with reporters on Monday at his attorney’s office in Royal Oak.

Josh Cline, a former staffer for Reps. Courser and Gamrat, spoke with reporters on Monday at his attorney’s office in Royal Oak.

A former staffer for embattled state representatives Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) is speaking out against his former bosses.
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New road funding plan in the works as lawmakers return from month-long break

Capital_Building_LansingState lawmakers return this week from a month-long break with hopes of passing a new road funding plan.

Action on road funding has been stalled since July when lawmakers left Lansing for a month-long break. That’s after after the state House declined to take up legislation that was narrowly approved by the state Senate.
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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

Stabenow attempts to halt Lake Huron nuclear dump with century old treaty

StabenowSenator Debbie Stabenow is once again attempting to stop construction of Ontario Power Generation’s proposed nuclear dump on the shores of Lake Huron.

She introduced the ‘Stop Nuclear Waste by our Lakes Act’. It invokes a century old treaty between the U.S and Canada on Great Lakes issues. Continue reading

Department of Natural Resources recovery of Grand Traverse County over halfway done

Downed tree at Glen Lake boat launch in Grand Traverse County.  Courtesy of the DNR.

Downed tree at Glen Lake boat launch in Grand Traverse County. Courtesy of the DNR.

Governor Rick Snyder has declared a State of Emergency in Grand Traverse County in response to severe weather earlier this month.

The storms knocked out power across the region, and downed thousands of trees, including many on state property. 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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Michigan lacking in tobacco prevention- according to the American Cancer Society

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Michigan is falling short when it comes to helping smokers quit, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society.

The report takes issue with Michigan’s failure to pass a tobacco tax increase in over a decade, said Andrew Schepers, a spokesman for the A-C-S. Continue reading

Michigan’s purchasing power of a dollar is higher than most states

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A dollar in Michigan may go farther than you think it would.

Data from The Tax Foundation says Michigan has one of the lowest cost of living when compared to other states, ranking 22nd out of the 50 states. Continue reading