Kalamazoo Gazette

3:30 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Upton to hold hearing on 'botched' online health care exchange

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U.S. Representative for Michigan and committee chairman Fred Upton criticized the exchange saying it is not fair to make taxpayers pay for an expensive and inaccessible system.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Calling the first weeks of the health-care rollout a "botched" effort, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton said the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold hearings Thursday into the technological woes that have beset the federal government's online Marketplace since it went live Oct. 1.
5:16 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Auto supply company wants tax break for expansion

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Summit Polymers says the addition at the current plant would help retain about 200 jobs and possible create 23 more.
PORTAGE, MI - Summit Polymers is requesting a tax break from the city of Portage for a $5.69 million expansion that could create 23 new jobs. The company at 4750 Executive Drive is asking for a Public Act 198 tax break for building improvements that include a 55,000 square-foot addition on the south side of its plant.
3:46 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

West Hall razed on WMU's East Campus

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Built in 1915, West Hall was the second oldest building at WMU.
KALAMAZOO, MI - Demolition began Wednesday on historic West Hall on Western Michigan University's East Campus. At about 7:45 a.m., a construction crew from Bierlein Co. fired up a high-reach escalator and excavator equipment to pull down the circa 1915 building. Demolition was expected to be complete by Wednesday afternoon, construction workers told the Kalamazoo Gazette.
3:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Van Buren County to receive grant for government efficiency

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According to a news release by state representative Aric Nesbitt, the grant will help the county share technology and tax assessment information.
PAW PAW, MI -- Van Buren County will receive a state grant that will make it easier to share technology services and tax assessment information, according to a news release from State Rep. Aric Nesbitt. The Michigan Department of Treasury is giving the county $314,629 from the Competitive Grant Assistance Program, one of 17 state grants from the program totaling $6 million, Nesbitt said.
2:53 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Gender-adjusted pay not yet given to WMU female faculty

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300 female professors at Western were told they were eligible for a gender equity adjustment by September.
KALAMAZOO, MI - On Sept. 10, 300 female professors at Western Michigan University, who had been told in the spring that they were eligible for a gender equity adjustment, received their first paychecks of the fall semester. The promised money was not there.