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Legislature Moves Forward with Budget

Dec 06, 2019

The House and Senate voted this week to restore some of the programs vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer from the 2019-2020 Fiscal year budget. Additionally, the bills address some of the governor’s transfers made through the State Administrative Board actions. The votes came after weeks of negotiating between the House, Senate, and administration. Both the […]

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Post-Election Audit Pilot Program Continues

Dec 06, 2019

The Bureau of Elections is again partnering with local communities to perform risk-limiting audits to verify election results. This time, they are working to verify the November 5 election results with staff of Voting Works and the Brennan Center for Justice, along with the clerks of St. Joseph County, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo City, Rochester Hills, […]

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Certificate of Need Reforms Introduced

Dec 06, 2019

A package of bills was introduced in the Senate that would eliminate certain medical care certificate of need (CON) requirements. A CON is a legal document that enables the establishment or expansion of health care facilities or services. A commission governs the standards for Michigan’s CON and the Department of Health and Human Services reviews […]

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Secretary of State Begins Online Voter Registration

Dec 06, 2019

Michigan voters can now register to vote or update their voter registration online. The secure, web-based tool is available to citizens with a valid Michigan driver’s license or state ID card. Michigan is joining 37 other states that allow citizens to register to vote online. Legislation providing for online voter registration was enacted by the […]

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Committee Hears Testimony on Community Foundation Tax Incentive

Dec 06, 2019

Representative Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.) testified in support of his legislation that creates an income tax credit for donations to community foundations. The proposal, which is part of a bipartisan two-bill package, incentives taxpayers to contribute to worthy charitable causes such as homeless shelters, food banks, and others. For an individual taxpayer, the credit cannot […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of December 7 – 13, 2019

Dec 06, 2019

On Saturday, December 7, Michigan’s surplus store will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 3111 W. St. Joseph, Building 600, Lansing. The House and Senate are scheduled to hold their typical Tuesday – Thursday session schedule. A package of bills establishing sports betting and i-gaming are expected to be […]

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Five Things We’re Reading

Dec 03, 2019

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. What Companies That Are Good at Innovation Get Right – Supporting your employee’s ideas and taking a long-term approach to overall strategy may be the key […]

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Michigan’s Airports

Nov 27, 2019

With nearly 100,000 square miles, Michigan is ranked as the 11th largest state and the largest state east of the Mississippi.  While our highways and increased speed limits ease the pain of a long road trip, it still takes 8-hours to drive from Detroit to Houghton, MI – about the same time it takes to […]

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