SW Michigan

5:15 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Michigan becomes battleground over Affordable Care Act

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Debates over Medicaid expansion, health insurance exchange, intensify state battle over "Obamacare"
As the nation approaches a milestone under Obamacare this October, Michigan is emerging as one of 10 states considered key for the law's success nationwide. Oct. 1 marks "Opening Day" of a key component of the Affordable Care Act - health insurance exchanges, which are Internet-based marketplaces where consumers can price-shop for low-cost health insurance.
4:46 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Covert Schools will open thanks to agreement

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Property tax dispute had put this school year in question
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COVERT, MI -- A deal has been reached that will allow Covert Public Schools to open for the 2013-14 school year, according to a statement released Friday by officials in Van Buren County and the owners of New Covert Generating Co. Under the deal, the district will get some funding from the owners of the New Covert Generating plant.
4:41 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Smaller tax bills for big box stores, less revenue for local governments

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Benton Township has settled with other stores after Michigan Tax Tribunal cut Target's assessment by more than half
Big box stores across Michigan are getting their property tax assessments slashed, often in half or more, by the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
7:13 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Kellogg forced Battle Creek, Battle Creek Township to merge in 1980's

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Kellogg considered moving out of Michigan if merger was rejected
In the 1980s, Kellogg Co. delivered an ultimatum to the leaders of its hometown. The cereal-making giant requested that the city of Battle Creek annex the nearby Battle Creek Township - a move company officials said was necessary to secure economic stability in the area. Then-Kellogg chairman William E.
7:09 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Saugatuck and Douglas voters to decide merger question in November

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Only a few merger proposals have gone before voters in Michigan
2 Michigan resort towns divided over move to unite them through merger On a recent sunny Thursday morning in the heart of idyllic vacation towns along Lake Michigan, the streets of Douglas are almost empty.