Michigan Legislature

7:19 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Michigan House Committee Approves Tax Cut Proposal

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Bill adds to debate over what to do with a projected state budget surplus
The House plan would reduce Michigan's personal income tax rate from 4.25 percent to 4.15 percent in October and again to 4.05 percent in 2016. The rate would drop by an addition .1 percent if the state realized a budget surplus of at least $300 million in any given fiscal year, but automatic cuts could not occur in consecutive years.
6:45 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Poll Shows Support for Spending Michigan Surplus on Roads and Schools

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Survey finds smaller support for tax cut
While lawmakers in Lansing are debating the best way to provide tax relief with the state’s nearly $1-billion budget surplus, voters in Michigan have much different thoughts on how to spend the extra cash.
2:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

State Senate committee approves cut in Michigan income tax

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Cut moves to full Senate after approval on party-line vote
LANSING - As soon as it became apparent earlier this month that Michigan had a $791-million budget surplus, talks of tax relief became rampant in the state Legislature. And that talk turned to action Wednesday when the Senate Finance committee voted 5-2 to reduce the state income tax from 4.25% to 3.9% by 2017.
8:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Group submits petition language for part-time Legislature in Michigan

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325,000 signatures would be required to get proposed amendment to state Constitution on ballot
LANSING, MI -- A group seeking to " restore Michigan's part-time Legislature" by amending the state Constitution has turned its petition language in to the Bureau of Elections for review. If the petitions are approved in form, committee chair Norm Kammeraad said the group will try to collect up to 400,000 signatures by June with hopes of placing the proposal on the November ballot.
6:22 am
Tue January 21, 2014

State lawmakers consider new regulations on scrap metal sales

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Governor Snyder briefly mentioned issue in last week's State of the State Address
Michigan lawmakers are scrapping to find a consensus to combat an epidemic of precious metals theft, a situation that frustrates law enforcement officials, victims and area recycling yards. At the center of the controversy is a behind-the-scenes battle over establishing more regulations and waiting periods before a scrap metal sale can be completed.