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No Excuses

Feb 21, 2018

Why is it that people are disenchanted with politics today? Let’s start with the fact our country was founded with a few “anti-government” attitudes. Add to that, rough and tumble campaigns throughout our history. Remember, personal attacks are not a creation of the social media era. Back in the day, it could literally take days […]

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Five Things We’re Reading

Feb 20, 2018

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. The Number of Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters in the U.S. is Surging – Climate change or not, that debate is for another time, but look at the […]

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Reforms to Driver Responsibility Fees Moves

Feb 16, 2018

After much debate, the legislature moved forward with a package of House and Senate bills reforming driver responsibility fees in Michigan beginning October 1, 2018. The legislation also creates a grace period from enactment of the bill through December 31 that enables a driver to get their driver’s license back without paying a $125 fee […]

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Tax Reform Moves

Feb 16, 2018

This week the legislature approved of a package of bills providing an increase to the personal income tax exemption. The legislation incrementally increases the state personal tax exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,900 by 2021. In addition, the bills will allow tax payers to continue to claim the exemption on city income taxes. Due […]

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New Energy Director Appointed

Feb 16, 2018

Last Friday, Governor Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Anne Armstrong Cusack as acting director of the Michigan Agency for Energy following the departure of Valerie Brader.  Ms. Armstrong, previously served as associate director of the Office of Urban Initiatives. Additionally, she’s previously served as chair of the Michigan Commission on Community Action and Economic […]

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Michigan Recidivism Rate Declines

Feb 16, 2018

The number of Michigan offenders who return to prison has reached its lowest level since the state began recording these rates. The rate of 28.1% also places Michigan among the top ten states in the nation with the lowest recidivism rates. Over the past several years, the legislature and Governor Rick Snyder have been investing […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of February 17 – 23, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

In observance of President’s Day, MLC offices will be closed on Monday, February 19. State office buildings will also be closed. The House and Senate are scheduled to hold their Tuesday – Thursday session schedule. House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees are scheduled to continue to meet throughout the week to begin crafting the budget for […]

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Relationship Building

Feb 14, 2018

Building and developing relationships are key in any setting, whether it be family, organizations you belong to, or a work environment.  Relationships are a significant factor in achieving success.  Yet, many struggle to develop the relationships needed to move an issue, change a mind, or simply talk through a difficult matter. As a former State […]

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