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The state House has adopted legislation to allow Michigan taxpayers to continue to claim the personal income tax exemption.  The bill is supposed to make sure Michiganders don’t pay more as a result of the new federal tax law.


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Governor Rick Snyder called for fiscal responsibility during his final State of the State address.  This could clash with the priorities of the state lawmakers.


The Ann Arbor Public Schools will be among those putting forth a ballot question in May.  The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority will put a question before voters in August.  There are ways to get involved beyond voting.  Those are a few of the issues WEMU's David Fair and CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan cover in this weeks edition of Civic Matters.


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The state Legislature went over the governor’s head Wednesday.  It approved a veto override – something that hasn’t happened in Michigan since 2002.


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The Legislature is once again at odds with the governor.  This time, it’s over what to do about the new federal tax law.


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The state got an idea Thursday of how much money it could have for the next couple of years. 


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The Legislature is back in session for 2018, and an early priority is dealing with taxes.  Talks are underway to figure out how to make sure the federal tax overhaul doesn’t cause a spike in state income taxes.


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Governor Rick Snyder has proposed a plan to offset higher costs that could be forced on Michigan taxpayers as a result of the federal tax overhaul.  The biggest issue is the elimination of the federal personal exemption.


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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration is looking at making changes to state tax laws early in 2018.  That’s after it discovered the new federal tax law could have an impact on Michigan resident’s wallets. 


Ann Arbor City Council and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meet this week and each will have discussions, and potentially take action, on the controversial Broadway development proposal.  That's just one of many topics covered by WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

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There are a lot of anxious graduate students at universities around the country right now.

That's because to help pay for more than $1 trillion in tax cuts for U.S. corporations, the House Republican tax plan would raise taxes on grad students in a very big way. These students make very little money to begin with. And many would have to pay about half of their modest student stipends in taxes.

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Creating a more effective way of utilizing the sheriff's office in the larger countywide effort to deal with mental illness.  That is a more attainable goal following passage of the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and Public Safety millage on Tuesday.  Sheriff Jerry Clayton joined 89.1 WEMU's David Fair for a look ahead. 


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Wednesday morning seemed just a bit brighter for Scott Menzel.  The WISD Superintendent headed to work knowing a vast majority of voters, in the nine public school districts in Washtenaw County, renewed support for a tax levy to support special education services. 


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An 8-year, 1-mill tax for mental health and public safety services in Washtenaw County won roughly 64-percent voter support on Tuesday. The county won't start collecting that tax until December of 2018. Between now and the, the legality of the tax capture may end up in court. 


A mental health services and public safety millage wins countywide approval, while voters in the nine public school districts in Washtenaw County pass a special education renewal question. Two countywide millage issues on the ballot in Washtenaw county were both approved in Tuesday's elections.


A countywide mental health and public safety millage passed by a comfortable margin. So did a special education millage renewal for the 9-districts in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. There were several other local issues decided on Tuesday, all with the same outcome, though some were closed than others. 

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By nearly a 2-1 margin on Tuesday, voters in Ypsilanti passed a Water Street debt retirement millage. Approval comes a year after city voters defeated a similar measure by 39 votes.  Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds tells WEMU city officials can now begin mapping out a better future. 


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Michigan is the 16th most expensive state when it comes to how much in profits businesses put toward taxes. That’s according to an annual study released Monday. This is a drop from last year’s ranking of 12th.


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As the tax filing deadline approaches, hundreds of protests will take place around the country. 


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In addition to the stress of filing your taxes every April, local law enforcement officials want you to be aware of possible tax scams.


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There are a few extra days to get  your income taxes filed this year.  Instead of the traditional April 15th, you have until midnight Monday, April 18th to file your personal tax returns.


  If you've made a donation or plan to do so before the end of the year, there are some things you should consider if you want claim it on your taxes.  


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Local governments: Tax Day study shows state not paying fair share

Local officials say not enough of the revenue Michigan takes in around Tax Day goes to cities, towns, and counties.

The nonpartisan Citizens Research Council released a study Tuesday that shows state revenue grew by more than $1 billion between 2009 and 2012. At the same time, local government revenue dropped by about the same amount.

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved collecting school taxes in the summer rather than in the winter. 

Board President David Bates says summer tax collection is nothing new for district residents. The Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts had been collecting taxes in the summer prior to the consolidation.

Bates says summer tax collection means the district has to borrow less from the state while awaiting state aid payments, which in turn saves taxpayers money because the district is paying less in interest on money borrowed.

Starting in 2016 Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority will have new limitations on the tax increment financing revenue they can capture. After nearly a year of discussions Ann Arbor City Council has given final approval to an ordinance amendment that limits the tax increment financing revenue the Downtown Development Authority can collect.  Last night, City Council voted 9 -  2 in favor of the change. 

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