SW Michigan

6:43 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Snyder administration seeking shift in tax revenue

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Local governments looking to replace revenue from personal property tax, which is being phased out
Lansing Gov. Rick Snyders administration is lobbying communities to back a statewide ballot issue that would phase out a billion-dollar tax burden on businesses and change how municipalities fund services. Michigan voters will decide in August whether to shift part of the revenue from the states use tax to communities to make up for the gradual end of the personal property tax, a key source of municipal funding.
6:36 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Kalamazoo Public Schools continue to work on homework policy

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Policy uses standards from national Parent-Teachers Association and the National Education Association
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Three years after setting districtwide homework standards, officials at Kalamazoo Public Schools say the standards are working much better in the elementary grades compared to the middle and high schools. "The elementary teachers bought in, and bought in pretty quickly," KPS Superintendent Michael Rice said during a discussion of the policy at Thursday's school board meeting.
SW Michigan
7:39 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Bolger says he wants action on no-fault insurance reform

Jase Bolger - file photo
Credit WMUK

State House Speaker Jase Bolger says he thinks reform of Michigan's no-fault auto insurance system could happen by the end of the year. 

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6:20 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Candidates for Detroit Mayor debate

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Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan are on the ballot for November fifth election
Detroit Revitalizing city neighborhoods took center stage as the two candidates vying to become the citys next mayor made their pitches on why each should lead the city. Mike Duggan touted his restructuring experience, while Benny Napoleon continued to paint himself as the person to fix city neighborhoods when they squared off in the first of three televised debates in a special hour-long Michigan Matters show taped Friday.
6:15 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Food trucks continue to spark debate in Battle Creek

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Possible ordinance changes would allow food trucks downtown
As downtown restaurant owners insist they will bring unfair competition while supporters say they'll bring much-desired new cuisine options, one point may be met with little contention: Food trucks sure know how to start a debate.

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