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Michigan’s minimum wage rises

January 1, 2016
Michigan workers making the minimum wage are getting a 35-cents-an-hour raise. Read More

Elections board approves formatting of gay rights petition

December 31, 2015
Supporters of amending Michigan’s constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity cleared an initial procedural step when the state elections board approved the format of their petition. Read More

Lawmakers remove property tax break from data center campus bills

December 11, 2015
LANSING — State lawmakers plan to scale back tax breaks designed to entice a large Internet data center to Caledonia, citing too much disagreement between local governments and existing data centers over exempting property taxes owed on business equipment. Read More

Michigan Senate approves tax breaks for data center campus

December 4, 2015
LANSING — The state Senate has approved lucrative tax breaks designed to guarantee that a major Internet data center developer chooses Caledonia as the site of its first mega-campus in the eastern half of the U.S. Read More

Snyder signs road-spending bills with tax increases

November 10, 2015
ALAIEDON TOWNSHIP — Governor Rick Snyder has signed a road-spending package into law that includes the first increase in decades in Michigan's fuel tax and vehicle registration fees, a move designed to address the deteriorating highways, roads and bridges across the state. Read More

Expelled lawmaker files to run in special election

September 18, 2015
A defiant Michigan lawmaker who was expelled from office for her role in covering up an extramarital affair with another legislator filed yesterday to run for her old House seat — less than a week after her colleagues kicked her out. Read More

Michigan Economic Development Corp. plans job cuts

August 17, 2015
LANSING — Michigan's economic development agency is planning staff cuts partly because a tribal casino stopped paying a portion of its gambling profits. Read More

State approves $54.5B budget

June 18, 2015
LANSING — Governor Rick Snyder signed a $54.5-billion state budget yesterday with a modest spending boost for education and a temporary increase in road construction funding, pledging to work with lawmakers over the summer on a long-term transportation funding fix. Read More

Michigan Supreme Court upholds teacher retirement rulings

April 9, 2015
LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court has upheld a 2012 law requiring public school employees to pay more toward their pensions to avoid receiving less in retirement, and the justices have also affirmed a similar provision that involves retiree health care benefits. Read More

Snyder proposes $54B state budget

February 12, 2015
LANSING — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has unveiled a $54-billion budget that he said prioritizes education and health care, while cutting spending this year and next, because larger tax-incentive credits are being claimed by companies than expected. Read More