City hall, county government and the state legislature


Senior tax breaks do more harm than good, national report says

Organization claims rules cost state 14% in income tax revenue in 2017.

February 21, 2020
Seniors in Michigan pay less than half the taxes that residents under 65 — and who have similar incomes — pay, according to a recent national report. Read More

Retirement changes take into account longer life span

SECURE Act also pushes back age for required minimum distribution.

February 21, 2020
(Watch this story Monday on WZZM TV 13) There is another twist to retirement planning for employers and employees following passage of a new law. Read More

Sides debate cameras in nursing homes

Proposed legislation would allow patient monitoring, but opponents cite privacy.

February 21, 2020
LANSING — A bill to allow placement of cameras inside nursing homes is sparking controversy between legislators and the nursing home industry. Read More

City manager touts sustainability, equity

Forum provides window into city’s strategic plan surrounding justice, health and the environment.

February 21, 2020
Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington recently provided a progress report on some key components of the city’s new strategic plan and its planned next steps in those areas. Read More

Inside Track: Curiosity drives Perdue

Kids Count project director for Michigan says adapting to converging identities taught her versatility.

February 21, 2020
Kelsey Perdue’s penchant for variety in her professional life has led her to a new role she says is tying together all of her life experiences and pursuits. Read More

Laws require warning labels on Michigan marijuana products

February 21, 2020
LANSING — Marijuana sold in Michigan shops will have to have labels warning pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers about the health risks for their fetuses and infants under newly enacted laws. Read More

GOP leader nixes bill to process surge of absentee ballots

February 20, 2020
LANSING — A top Republican lawmaker on Wednesday came out in opposition to legislation that would ease Michigan election clerks' ability to process an expected surge of absentee ballots and avoid a delay in releasing results, saying it would set a "dangerous precedent." Read More

Former Kent board chair resigns

February 14, 2020
Jim Saalfeld has announced he will resign his Kent County commission seat, effective March 15. Read More

Nonprofits eye new campus

Pinnacle Construction affiliate seeks approval from city for southeast side project.

February 14, 2020
Grand Rapids city staff are mulling over the rehabilitation of a disused property into a consolidated campus for Samaritas and other local nonprofits. Read More

Flu season warrants preparation among cleaning firms

Professional Maintenance of Michigan tracks germs in the southern hemisphere to plan for winters.

February 14, 2020
The coronavirus has been snatching the headlines of global publications since December. Read More