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Five Things We’re Reading

Jan 21, 2020

Below are some of the articles that the MLC lobby team has been reading this past week. We hope you find them as interesting and useful as we do. Beer is Slipping. Here’s What Americans Are Drinking Instead – No longer dominated by domestic beers, what beverages are top on the list in the alcoholic […]

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Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Report Delivered

Jan 17, 2020

Following months of work, the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration delivered their report to the state legislature. The final report includes 18 major recommendations, which they hope will make the state a leader in criminal justice reform. Upon officially receiving the report, House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader […]

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Bill Introduced Lowering State Income Tax Rate

Jan 17, 2020

Representative Rodney Wakeman (R-Saginaw Twp.) introduced legislation reducing the state’s income tax rate incrementally until it’s eliminated. Under the proposal, the current rate of 4.25% would be reduced to 3.9% in 2021 and would phase out an additional 0.1% each year beginning in 2022 until eliminated. In 2007, then-Governor Jennifer Granholm and the legislature agreed […]

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Recreation Passport Cost Set to Increase

Jan 17, 2020

For the first time in seven years the fee of a Recreation Passport vehicle entry pass will increase from $11 to $12 per-year. All other resident Passport fees stay the same, including those for motorcycles, mopeds, and commercial vehicles. The change in fee is due to a statutory provision to adjust the fee based upon […]

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Legislation Introduced Changing Bond Authority

Jan 17, 2020

Senator Roger Victory (R-Georgetown Twp.) introduced legislation changing the way the state can bond for infrastructure projects. Under the bill, the State Transportation Commission (STC) would be required to notify the legislature 30 days prior to issuing any transportation bonds in excess of $100 million. It also provides the legislature with the authority to reject […]

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Committee Approves Changes to Agricultural Disaster Relief Program

Jan 17, 2020

The Senate Appropriations Committee reported legislation that would allow farmers to apply soon for low-interest qualified loans. Introduced by Senator Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway), the bill would update the Agriculture Disaster Loan Origination Program to reflect the specific needs of the 2019 season and allow lenders to begin issuing loans with the $15 million appropriated by […]

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Two Michigan Tribes Announce Joint Venture

Jan 17, 2020

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, through the Waseyabek Development Company, and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi, through Gun Lake Investments, announced the joint acquisition of McKay Tower in downtown Grand Rapids. The acquisition represents a rare co-investment by the non-gaming economic development entities of two Michigan Native American tribes. McKay Tower is the […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of January 18 – 24, 2020

Jan 17, 2020

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day, the MLC offices will be closed on Monday, January 20. The House and Senate are scheduled to hold their typical Tuesday – Thursday session schedule. On Tuesday, January 21, Michigan Public Service Commission Chairwoman Sally Talberg will present to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee on the […]

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