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Government
10:12 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Michigan Senate to consider 15-cent gas tax hike for roads

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Senate is considering whether to raise the state gasoline tax by 15 cents a gallon to help improve roads. 

Majority Republicans meet privately Tuesday to potentially finalize legislation to spend at least $1 billion a year more on transportation infrastructure. The proposal would raise the 19-cent gas tax by a nickel each year over three years.

GOP leaders also are expected to call for redirecting general funds toward roads and possibly cutting Michigan's income tax if future revenues are healthy.

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Government
9:22 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Calley steps in to sign bills for governor

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan will buy back $100 million of vouchers related to a business venture fund program. 

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed legislation for the buyback Tuesday.

Without the buyback, the vouchers would be used as backing for money provided by banks to the Venture Michigan Fund. The fund was created in 2003 as an effort to lure startup businesses to the state.

Calley also has signed a bill limiting liability for horse owners in certain cases if someone riding the animal is injured.

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Government
10:03 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Property inspections start in Marquette Township

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Marquette Township officials are trying to clean up the area. 

Monday marks the beginning of property inspections by planning and zoning staff.  Due to some complaints officials will be looking for non-working vehicles and construction garbage on properties. 

According to Township rules homeowners can only have one unlicensed vehicle on their land; appliances and couches cannot be left on the lawn; and grass and weeds must be kept under ten inches high. 

Extreme cases could result in a ticket. 

For more information, call 228-6220. 

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Government
8:14 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Michigan lawmakers OK bill allowing alcohol on 'pedal pubs'

LANSING, MI (AP)--   People would be able to drink alcohol on certain pedal-powered vehicles under legislation going to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.   

The state House gave final approval to the two bills Thursday.

The bills would allow alcohol to be served on commercial, open-air, pedal-powered vehicles, sometimes referred to as pedal pubs, so long as the vehicle's owner has liability insurance. Having open alcohol on the vehicles could still be prohibited by local laws.

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Government/Education
7:56 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Lawmakers near OK of 'early warning' bills, wait on loans

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan lawmakers are close to finalizing legislation requiring school districts with fund balances below 5 percent to tell the state the assumptions used when adopting their budgets. 

The "early warning" bills are an effort by Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature to catch financial problems before schools end up under state emergency management. The state could declare that a potential for "fiscal stress" exists and require that districts submit deficit-elimination plans under certain circumstances.

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