state government

6:45 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Sales Tax Expansion Could be Part of Road Funding Plan

The state House and Senate have passed competing plans to raise about $1.2-billion a year for roads
Legislative leaders on Wednesday were reworking their plans for a conference committee tasked with finding a road funding solution after determining they could not put the top four leaders from the House and Senate on the committee, as originally planned.
7:22 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Road Funding Debate Heads to Conference Committee

Critical week ahead for funding infrastructure
LANSING, MI - The Michigan House and Senate agree: The state needs to find more than $1 billion a year in extra money for road and bridge repairs. Now they just have to decide where that money should come from.
6:28 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Snyder Declares Detroit's Financial Emergency Over

A hearing is scheduled for Monday to determine when Detroit will exit bankruptcy
Detroit - Gov. Rick Snyder has accepted a recommendation from Detroit's emergency manager that the city's financial crisis has ended and it should emerge from receivership. The governor, in a Tuesday letter to Kevyn Orr, said he will terminate Orr's appointment and announce during a Wednesday news conference that the financial emergency in Detroit is officially over.
6:22 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Vote on Internet Sales Tax Bill Could Come Wednesday

Michigan retailers and small business owners support change, but some conservatives are wary of new tax
A move to force Internet-based retailers to charge Michigan's 6% sales tax is gaining steam in the state Legislature. Two bills in the House were moved for a possible vote today. Two similar bills passed out of a Senate committee last week and are awaiting action during the next two weeks of the lame duck session of the Legislature.
7:42 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Lawmaker Criticizes "Watered Down" Sentencing Reforms

Republican Joe Haveman blasts Attorney General Bill Schuette
LANSING - Calling his bills "gutted," the Michigan lawmaker who proposed a package of criminal sentencing reforms expressed disappointment with how the bills passed the Michigan House of Representatives Thursday. Rep. Joe Haveman, R-Holland, was the driving force behind House Bills 5928-5931.