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3:25 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Jackson lays off 15 employees due to stormwater fee

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This comes as a result of a Michigan Court of Appeals decision that declared the city’s stormwater tax illegal.
JACKSON, MI - The city isn't just eliminating services anymore. Fifteen city of Jackson employees will lose their jobs after the Jackson City Council eliminated certain city services in the wake of a court decision that left Jackson without a stormwater utility and the revenue that comes with it.
5:07 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Alcohol sales can be capped by local governments

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The court decided that, since local zoning laws were mentioned specifically when the Liquor Control Commission was created, local governments should be able to cap alcohol sales.
LANSING -- Local governments can set limits on alcohol sales through zoning regulations, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed Tuesday. The opinion upheld a Bloomfield Township zoning regulation that set limits on package alcohol sales at gas stations as being permissible under state law.
4:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Bill would make teacher evaluations optional

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed that bill Friday, just as Michigan legislators are considering another bill to make student performance the main factor in determining a teacher’s salary.
LANSING -- With state-level workgroup recommendations expected next week on guidelines to evaluate Michigan's teachers, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill Friday that would make teacher evaluations optional rather than mandatory. The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness is expected to release its recommendations on a system to assess teacher performance based on student achievement next week.
3:52 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Attorney General appeals hold on Detroit bankruptcy

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The state Attorney General’s office has filed an appeal saying Detroit's emergency manager submitted the bankruptcy filing before a circuit court judge ruled the emergency manager law unconstitutional.
LANSING -- The state Attorney General's office has filed an emergency appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals in three cases seeking to block Detroit's petition for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in federal court. Ingham Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina issued a declaratory judgment Friday in a suit brought against Gov.
5:03 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Home builders can't meet state demand

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The state has issued 28 percent more new home permits in 2013 than this time last year.
LANSING - Michigan builders are constructing more new homes this year, and some are having trouble finding enough workers to keep up with the increased demand. More than 4,800 single-family housing permits have been issued in Michigan through May, up 28 percent from about 3,750 at the same point last year, according to U.S.

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