Author Archives: Jake Neher

Campaign to repeal tax on business equipment working to win over voters

Michigan Capital Building

Michigan Capital Building

Local government and business groups have begun a campaign to convince voters to adopt a complicated question on the August ballot. It would repeal and replace an unpopular portion of Michigan’s personal property tax (PPT), which requires companies to pay taxes on certain business equipment.
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Lisa Brown announced as Schauer’s running mate in governor’s race

Dems0403-fotoMark Schauer has made it official. He has chosen Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown to be his running mate in this year’s race for governor.
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Minimum wage advocates cheer on President Obama in Ann Arbor



President Obama’s visit comes as groups in Michigan are pushing to raise the state’s minimum wage. Those groups were out in full force to cheer on the president.

The Raise Michigan coalition hopes to put a question on the November ballot. It would ask Michigan voters to raise the minimum wage to 10.10 an hour by 2017 and then tie it to inflation after that.

Frank Houston is with Raise Michigan.

“This can be literally the difference between you keeping your housing, putting food on the table, putting gas in your car, or even owning a car.”

Republican leaders in the state legislature say they have no interest in raising the state’s minimum wage. They say wages will rise on their own as the economy improves.

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Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program starts today

file000192652027Michigan’s Medicaid expansion is officially up and running. That means hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders are now eligible for government-sponsored health care.
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VA: Vets won’t risk losing benefits for treating PTSD with medical pot



The US Department of Veterans Affairs says Michigan vets will not lose their federal benefits if they legally use medical marijuana. The VA’s statement is a response to the state’s decision to add post-traumatic stress disorder to its medical marijuana program.
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At least one top Republican in Legislature thinks roads fix coming soon


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A top Republican in the state Senate thinks a long-term fix for Michigan’s roads could be coming sooner than expected.
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MSU could lose $500k for offering labor courses

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMichigan State University could risk losing half-a-million dollars if it does not stop offering courses that allegedly promote unionization.
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Michigan lawmakers urge Congress to require a balanced federal budget



Michigan is joining at least 17 other states in calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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Business equipment tax repeal bills sail through state House

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Michigan Capital Building

Local leaders in Michigan are applauding the state House for approving legislation to make sure they don’t lose big because of a recent tax repeal.
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Snyder touts EAA in New York ahead of possible Senate vote this week

file0001405020673The state Senate could vote this week on a bill to bolster a controversial state-run authority meant to turn around failing schools.
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