state government

6:04 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Van Buren County Helps Pay Consultant for Tax Appeal

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County administrator says amount paid to consultant is small compared to amount at stake in appeal
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PAW PAW, MI - With hundreds of thousands of dollars a year at stake, the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners agreed to contract with another expert for its appeal against the lowering of the assessment of New Covert Generating Company. Commissioners on Tuesday approved hiring Concentric Energy Advisors of Marlborough, Mass., to assist the legal team.
7:11 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Detroit Reaches Deal With Police Union With Bankruptcy Hearing Scheduled

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Trial over city's bankruptcy filing is scheduled for next month
Detroit The city reached an agreement late Tuesday with a key police union that could speed the citys exit from bankruptcy and shorten next months trial over Detroits debt-cutting plan. Though negotiations toward a five-year deal continue, the city and Detroit Police Officers Association reached agreement on wages, health care, retention payments and pensions.
6:32 am
Wed July 9, 2014

State Supreme Court Says "Juvenile Lifers" Won't Get New Hearings

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300 Michigan inmates are serving mandatory life sentences for murders committed when they were teenagers
LANSING - The Michigan Supreme Court, in a split decision, said Tuesday a U.S. Supreme Court ruling making mandatory life sentences without parole unconstitutional for juveniles is not retroactive.
6:21 am
Tue July 8, 2014

State Schools Superintendent Says Charter Schools Will Get More Scrutiny

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Mike Flanagan says Detroit Free Press series caused him to reconsider authorization of charter schools
State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced today he is "giving notice" to Michigan's charter school authorizers that he "will be exercising his statutory authority" to prevent them from granting new charters if authorizers' performance does not measure up. Flanagan said a recent Detroit Free Press special report on charter schools led him to make the decision.
6:16 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Future of Michigan's Film Credit Uncertain

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Law which provides incentives set to lapse in three years
The budget signed by Gov. Rick Snyder last week seems like an upbeat script for Michigan film incentives. The amount for fiscal 2015 - $50 million for film, TV and digital projects - is keeping the state on the entertainment industry's radar.