interlochen public radio http://wmuk.org en Michigan tribe allows same-sex couple to marry http://wmuk.org/post/michigan-tribe-allows-same-sex-couple-marry <p>The marriage of Odawa tribesman Tim LaCroix to his spouse Gene Barfield on Friday marked the first legal same-sex marriage in Michigan. As <a href="http://ipr.interlochen.org/ipr-news-features/episode/same-sex-couple-marries-harbor-springs/2013-03-18">Interlochen Public Radio </a>reports the Odawa tribe is one of only three tribes to legalize gay marriage in the country.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:01:02 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 3351 at http://wmuk.org State democrats push for boost in low-income tax credit http://wmuk.org/post/state-democrats-push-boost-low-income-tax-credit <p>Michigan governor Rick Snyder says a tax credit for low income residents is redundant. According to <a href="http://ipr.interlochen.org/ipr-news-features/episode/democrats-push-plan-bump-state-low-income-tax-credit/2013-02-26">Interlochen Public Radio</a>, state democrats want to revitalize the Earned Income Tax Credit, which has faced significant budget cuts in the past few years. But Snyder says residents with low wages already receive the credit.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:06:08 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 2729 at http://wmuk.org State senator behind legislation to ban nature reserves http://wmuk.org/post/state-senator-behind-legislation-ban-nature-reserves <p>Hearings to ban “biodiversity areas” in the state capitol will continue this week. <a href="http://ipr.interlochen.org/ipr-news-features/episode/legislation-would-ban-state-designated-biodiversity-areas/2013-02-18">Interlochen&nbsp;Public Radio </a>reports that supporters of the legislation want to allow businesses to access public lands that serve as reserves for native plants and animals. Republican state Senator Tom Casperson says this would help create jobs and business opportunities. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:04:37 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 2498 at http://wmuk.org