Michigan Legislature

12:19 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Michigan Lawmakers Debate Roadside Saliva Tests for Marijuana Use

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Saliva test could be administered if motorist were pulled over for "erratic driving"
Some advocates of medical marijuana say they'll attend a hearing Thursday in Lansing to oppose bills that would let police use roadside saliva testing if a driver is suspected of being under the influence of marijuana.
11:39 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Legislature to Allocate $115-Million for Road Repairs

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Democrats have criticized process saying the bulk ends up in Republican districts
Whittling down a list of hundreds of road projects proposed by individual lawmakers into a list of $115 million worth of road work is one of the first things the state Legislature will tackle after returning from a three-week spring break this week.
SW Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bolger Proposes Road Repair Funding Plan

Statehouse Speaker Jase Bolger has proposed a plan for how the state could raise badly needed road maintenance and repair funds.

Gongwer News Service reports that the greatest amount of money would come from sales and use taxes that are already in place. Bolger says those sources could yield $450 million for roads by next year.

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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.