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Governor Signs MOU with Finland

Mar 06, 2020

In order to increase collaboration and innovation between Michigan and Finland related to clean technology industries, autonomous energy storage, and battery technologies, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Finland. Signed with Mika Lintila, Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, the MOU acknowledges a global approach to sharing research and knowledge to spur […]

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Electronic Vehicle Charging Stations Legislation Drives Forward

Feb 21, 2020

The House Energy Committee approved of legislation dealing with the increasing need for electric vehicle charging stations throughout Michigan. The package, introduced by Representative Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Twp.), makes reforms, which she hopes will help the state remain a world leader in transportation innovation, while helping the state prepare for continued growth in electric vehicle […]

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Task Force Presents to House Appropriations

Feb 07, 2020

Representative Mark Huizenga (R-Walker) presented to the House Appropriations Committee on the findings and recommendations of a task force reviewing IT projects in the state. As chair of the bipartisan Information Technology Task Force, Representative Huizenga reported the findings to the committee regarding the trend of overspending in IT projects by the state. “We wanted […]

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House Approves Broadband Expansion Legislation

Jan 24, 2020

This week the House passed legislation that aims to expand high-speed broadband service to rural areas throughout Michigan. The bills, introduced by Representative Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), allow Michigan electric cooperatives to use their electric easements to add broadband service to existing lines. Part of the package protects against legal issues that other states have faced […]

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Lt. Governor Highlights Michigan at Trade Show

Jan 10, 2020

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist was in attendance at CES to highlight Michigan as a leader in mobility and transportation innovation. During his trip, he met with a wide variety of companies and executives to strengthen the foundation for continued investment in the state by tech and automotive-focused companies, as well as solidify Michigan’s continued global […]

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Electronic Eavesdropping Protections Introduced

Jan 03, 2020

Senator Jim Runestad (R-White Lake) introduced legislation seeking to increase protections against electronic eavesdropping. His legislation would prohibit new methods of accessing conversations from a remote location. Senator Runestad points to the increased ubiquity of smart devices in our homes, such as smart TVs, as a reason to increase protections. The legislation has been referred […]

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Governor Signs Memorandum of Understanding

Nov 22, 2019

During her trade mission to Israel, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a technology-based Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Entered into with Start Up-Nation Central, an Israel-based nonprofit, the MOU is based on collaborating on technology solutions with the hope they will improve opportunities and quality of life for Michigan citizens. Together, the State of Michigan and the […]

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Online Sales Tax Collection Legislation Passes House

Oct 18, 2019

Online retailers would be required by law to collect sales tax, regardless of whether they are operating inside or outside of Michigan, under a package passed by the House this week.  For years, the practice was that retailers with a nexus in the state had to collect sales tax. However, as online shopping continued to […]

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