state government

7:45 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Bills Putting Sales Tax on Internet Purchases Approved by Legislature

Retailers support the bills, but tea party groups see them as a tax increase
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan House early Friday morning put its stamp of approval on a pair of "Main Street Fairness" bills that aim to extend the state's sales and use taxes to online retailers. SB 0658 and SB 0659 extend the state's sales and use taxes to out-of-state companies with a physical "nexus" or presence in the state.
7:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Medical Marijuana Bills Fail to Pass Senate on Last Day of Session

Legislation passed the House, but would have to be reintroduced next year
LANSING The last day of the lame duck session was expected to bleed into the wee hours of Friday morning as legislators finished up work for the year. But some of the bills received final passage on the last day of the 2014 legislative year.
6:12 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Lawmakers Approve Putting Sales Tax Proposal on Ballot for Road Funding Deal

Issue will be on statewide ballot in May
LANSING, MI - Michigan lawmakers, after working through the night, have approved plans for a statewide ballot proposal that could yield $1.2 billion a year in new funding for roads and bridges.
12:18 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Deal Reached on Road Funding

Agreement announced on last day of "lame duck" session of Legislature
Lansing — Michigan voters will be asked to approve a 1 cent increase in the 6 percent sales tax as part of a road funding plan Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders announced late Thursday morning.
9:35 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Snyder Says "Positive Progress" in Road Funding Talks, but Deadline Nears

Talks scheduled to resume Thursday morning
LANSING, MI - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders will take one more stab at securing a long-term road funding deal on Thursday before lawmakers leave town for the year. They tried three times Wednesday, meeting behind closed doors for a series of discussions that the governor insists are heading in the right direction.