10:35 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Michigan voters overwhelmingly approve business tax cut

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan will phase out an unpopular tax on business equipment. Voters overwhelmingly approved Proposal 1 on the primary ballot Tuesday.        

Governor Rick Snyder says the proposal was a win-win for businesses and local governments, which collect the tax.

“One, it’ll make us more competitive in terms of our businesses, which will lead to job creation.” Snyder told reporters Tuesday. “Secondly, it’s going to help our local governments to have a more stable, better source of revenue. And third, it doesn’t cost our taxpayers a dime.”

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10:35 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Gladstone recall petition denied

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Election Commission has denied the wording of a petition to recall three Gladstone officials.  

Resident Timothy DeClaire initiated the petition, which is aimed at Mayor Joseph Maki, Mayor Pro Tem Hugo Mattonen, and Commissioner David Nemacheck.  DeClaire says the officials should not have levied an additional 1.8 mills to the Gladstone City millage without holding a public hearing. 

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9:29 am
Mon August 4, 2014

MI groups promote Proposal 1

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Big business is taking no chances to make sure voters approve a statewide referendum needed so a gradual $500 million cut in taxes on their machinery and equipment stays intact.

Manufacturers, automakers and others spent nearly $7 million promoting Proposal 1 as of two weeks before Tuesday's primary election.

There's no organized opposition, but the effort reflects concern that voters will reject the ballot measure primarily out of confusion.

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10:29 am
Mon July 28, 2014

August 5 primary election results

Here are the races and proposals on the August 5 Michigan Primary ballot for counties within the Public Radio 90 listening area.







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10:25 am
Mon July 28, 2014



Only contested races are shown. 

Representative in Congress, 1st District

Alan Arcand (R)-- 21,462

Dan Benishek (R)-- 49,435

State Senator, 38th District

Christopher M. Germain (D)-- 5,435

Chris LaMarche (D)-- 5,291 

State Proposal 1

“Approval or disapproval of amendatory act to reduce state use tax and replace with a local community stabilization share to modernize the tax system to help small businesses grow and create jobs.

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