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MI May Increase Speed Limits

Could Michigan’s speed limits be going up? Legislation that may be considered soon in Lansing would allow speed limits to be changed, in most cases increased, on many Michigan roads. One idea being considered would be to base speed limits on the rate of speed in which 85 percent of …

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Snow Days Issue Continues

A proposal in Lansing to allow schools to make up snow days by adding minutes onto the end of days within the existing schedule, is drawing fire from the state’s top educator. Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan calls it an “insane and silly” idea. He points to the number one …

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The Michigan Stock Exchange?

A proposal has surfaced in Lansing to give Michigan it’s own stock market. It’s referred to as “crowdfunding,” which supporters say allows small-business owners and entrepreneurs to more easily raise capital, and allows in-state investors to buy, sell and trade securities in those businesses. The measure creates the legal framework …

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Propane Shortage a “National Crisis”

A propane dealer in the Upper Peninsula says the shortage of propane is a national crisis but he does not believe it is being treated that way. Last year, propane was selling for $1.20 to $1.30 per gallon. This year, it is as much as $7 per gallon if you …

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MI Income Tax Rate to Decrease

Michigan currently has a projected billion dollar revenue surplus from last year through the next fiscal year. And there are moves underway to give at least a lot of it back to taxpayers. The Senate Finance Committee in Lansing on Wednesday approved one proposal that cuts the state’s income tax …

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MI Lawmakers Take Action on Propane Shortage

The Upper Peninsula’s delegation to Lansing is taking action as propane shortages continue in the region. State Senators Tom Casperson and Howard Walker and the U.P.’s four state representatives issued a joint statement Monday after the Michigan Public Service Commission reported that propane inventories in the U.P. are 43-percent below …

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New Law for Bicyclists

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing bicyclists to use an alternate right-turn signal, which backers say will make it easier for motorists to understand and help make roads safer for everyone. The law allows bikers to simply extend their right arm horizontally to signal a right-turn as well. The …

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Minimum Wage Coalition Started

The effort to raise the minimum wage in Michigan got another push yesterday. Community organizing, social justice and labor groups have formed the Raise Michigan coalition to explore a petition drive to put a minimum wage proposal on the November 4 statewide ballot. Michigan’s minimum wage is $7.40 per hour …

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The Issue With Snow Days

With a number of Michigan schools shutting down on a regular basis because of this frigid winter weather, the question is what will Michigan lawmakers do about making sure students meet the 180 day requirement to be in school. Currently every school district gets six days off for bad weather …

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Union Numbers Down Slightly

Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the percentage of Michigan’s union membership declined slightly in 2013, the first year that the state’s new right-to-work laws were in effect. But the numbers of people who were union members in Michigan in 2013 actually increased slightly, by some 4,000 …

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