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An economic study says the May ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax could also collectively cost Michigan taxpayers $100 million more in federal income taxes.

        

The ballot proposal would raise the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar.

Russ Collins calls in from the Sundance Film Festival for 'Cinema Chat' this week. In addition to providing some breaking news for Ann Arbor's film enthusiasts, Russ and David Fair preview  your film options for the weekend.   


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The state has rejected ACT’s claim that Michigan unfairly switched its free college entrance exam to the SAT starting in spring 2016.

ACT protested two aspects of the bidding process. It said the state changed the timeline of the proposed contract and penalized ACT for having a writing portion. It says both of those things unfairly benefitted SAT.

State officials say they reviewed those concerns carefully.

A check by state health officials over the past year found an uptick in the number of retailers illegally selling tobacco to minors. The Department of Community Health Survey found 18 percent of retailers sold tobacco to minors. That’s a seven percentage point jump from two years ago.

Jennifer Smith of the Department of Community Health says the state plans to step up education and enforcement efforts.

This year’s Ann Arbor Folk Festival lineup includes headliners Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell on Friday night, with emcee Steve Poltz (tickets still available for this show); and Amos Lee and Ani DiFranco on Saturday night, with emcee Cheryl Wheeler.

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More than half of available housing in Ann Arbor is comprised of rentals. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment' David Fair talks with Ann Arbor Sustainability Associate Jamie Kidwell-Brix about the importance of making these properties more efficient, and what the city and Washtenaw County are doing to help. 


Governor Rick Snyder says improving services for the mentally ill is a major civil rights issue. And he says it’s a high priority in his second term.

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The 2015 North American International Auto Show held few surprises for eco-concerned consumers.

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A controversial gun bill similar to one that was recently vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder is likely to get a committee hearing this week.

The bill’s sponsor says the reintroduced legislation no longer contains language the governor and others worried could have put domestic abuse victims in danger. Opponents said it would have allowed people with personal protection orders (PPOs) against them to get concealed pistol licenses.

Marty Shichtman
Eastern Michigan University

Martin Shichtman, professor of English language and literature at Easter Michigan University, recently won the Michigan Council for the Social Studies College Educator of the Year award for developing a summer Holocaust seminar for teachers. 

There has been plenty of reaction to Michigan governor Rick Snyder's 2015 'State of the State' address.   

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Governor Rick Snyder last night delivered his 5th State of the State Address on Tuesday evening. The Republican touched on a number of topics and even took a swipe at Washington. Still, he had to spend time discussing what was left undone last year that he wants accomplished in 2015. 


Simple and easy resolutions for 2015 to make your home, community and yourself a better environmental steward. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment', David Fair talks with Ecology center Environmental Coordinator MacKenzie Maxwell about simple simple and inexpensive steps for better sustainability. 


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'Brownwashing', as it is called, isn't what one would expect.

Martin Luther King, Jr. at Hill Auditorium
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Many feel the holiday should solely look to the past.

If you’re curious about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s thoughts on jazz, you’re not alone. For decades, people have speculated as to his affections for the music, especially given that during the mid-1960s, jazz was becoming increasingly aligned with the Civil Rights Movement in the hands of artists like Nina Simone and drummer Max Roach. But as for King’s own thoughts on jazz?

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The refinancing is contingent, however.

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Council member says recall isn't about what he's done, but rather a push for homeless encampments.

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After residents raise concerns, debate on the topic can be useful.

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Three-day effort to draw together experts in design, public health, and engineering, among other fields.

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Ypsilanti Mayor, Amanda Edmonds, thinks economic development should solely focus on the new.

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Washtenaw County Water Resources Commission to determine the most efficient way to keep drainage operational.

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