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Lawmakers in Lansing might not try to do away with the state income tax after all, but they are still looking to reduce it. 


Brownfield
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Legislation that would give companies building on blighted and undesirable land a tax break is swiftly making its way through the Senate.  But it could be headed for a roadblock.  


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An income tax rollback, a more transparent government, and reducing auto insurance rates - those are some of the main priorities for House Republicans during this session.  They rolled out the plan Thursday.


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State House Republicans are aggressively pushing through an income tax cut and rollback, despite numerous questions raised during a committee hearing about what funding cuts could happen in other areas if the bill passes.


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Education, public safety, and paying down the long term debt will be Governor Rick Snyder’s top priorities when he unveils his 2018 budget today. 


Michigan Senators Tackle Voting Reform

Jan 25, 2017
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Michigan lawmakers seem to be making voting laws a priority.  Lawmakers in both chambers have now introduced legislation they say will make voting easier. 


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The legislative session in Lansing came to an end this year with a flurry.  Numerous bills were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and sent to Governor Rick Snyder to be signed into law.  For some, it marks an end to time in office, but it also doesn't necessarily mean goodbye.


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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education is expected to appoint a new member tonight to replace Donna Lasinski.  Her seat became available after the November general election in which she won a seat in the state House of Representatives.   


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Some rural freeways and highways in Michigan might see a speed limit increase.  That’s if Governor Rick Snyder signs a package of bills headed for his desk.


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Speed limits could soon be going up on some Michigan highways.


Voter Identification Bills Pass Through House

Dec 8, 2016
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Bills creating stricter voter identification laws are quickly making their way through the Legislature.  


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Teachers, firefighters and police are celebrating today.  That’s after lawmakers dropped legislation that would make drastic changes to their retirement benefits.  


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The process has begun to look for a new Ann Arbor school board member.


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Republicans have hung onto their majority in the state House.  Meanwhile, Democrats are planning a change of leadership for next year. 


Michigan State Senate
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Two bills to help Flint recover from the water crisis are making their way through the legislature.  Both bills passed through the Senate Thursday with a near-unanimous vote.  


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Legislation on child restraint in classrooms passed through a House committee Thursday.  The legislation would prevent teachers from restraining or isolating a student, except as a last resort in an emergency situation. 


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Third graders who fail the state’s reading test might not be able to graduate to fourth grade.  That’s if Governor Rick Snyder signs a bill that is headed his way.  


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Lawmakers need to be more transparent.  That was the message sent by the House today when it approved bills to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  


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The Freedom of Information Act could be changing in Michigan. 


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Big changes may be on the horizon for medical marijuana in Michigan. 


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State lawmakers want to make sure your city won’t tax or ban plastic grocery and retail bags.


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There are now two desks on the floor of the state House draped with black ribbon and bedecked with flowers. 

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Medical marijuana clinics in Michigan would have to be licensed and pay sales taxes under bills adopted by the state Senate


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State lawmakers are trying to increase the availability of healthy foods in Michigan.   


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It was light voter turnout for the primary elections in Washtenaw County. County elections director Ed Golembiewski had predicted 20-to-25% turnout among the more than 272,000 registered voters.  In the end, under 18% cast a ballot. 

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