cs130508 http://wkar.org en Retailers push internet sales tax http://wkar.org/post/retailers-push-internet-sales-tax <p>There’s movement in both Lansing and Washington D.C. toward what many call a “leveling of the playing field” regarding sales taxes.&nbsp; A pair of measures dubbed “The Main Street Fairness” bill is currently being debated in the Michigan House.&nbsp; The proposal would collect a 6% Michigan sales tax on purchases from out of state internet retailers at the point of sale. And on Monday, the U.S. Senate widely approved a measure that would empower states to do just that. Wed, 08 May 2013 17:19:29 +0000 Current State 35514 at http://wkar.org Michigan Historical Commission celebrates centennial http://wkar.org/post/michigan-historical-commission-celebrates-centennial <p>A little known state agency is celebrating an important milestone today.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-54463_54465_62045---,00.html">Michigan Historical Commission</a> is holding its 100th anniversary meeting in Lansing.&nbsp; The commission is the group responsible for the more than 1,700 green and gold <a href="http://www.michmarkers.com/">historic markers</a> scattered across the state.&nbsp; It’s also heavily involved in the ongoing sesquicentennial of Michigan’s role in the <a href="http://seekingmichigan.org/civil-war">Civil War</a>.&nbsp; The chair of the Michigan Historical Commision, Jack Dempsey, spoke with <em>Current State</em> host Mark Bashore about the importance of preserving Michigan’s history. Wed, 08 May 2013 17:18:52 +0000 Current State 35513 at http://wkar.org Ingham County Sheriff criticizes law enforcement spending cuts http://wkar.org/post/ingham-county-sheriff-criticizes-law-enforcement-spending-cuts <p>In a <a href="http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2013/05/at_police_memorial_ingham_coun.html">speech</a> Monday night at a law enforcement memorial held at the state Capitol, longtime Ingham County <a href="http://sh.ingham.org/">Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth</a> decried the political influence and budget cuts on law enforcement. Sheriff Wriggelsworth spoke with <em>Current State</em> host Mark Bashore about the effects of downsizing police departments. Wed, 08 May 2013 17:18:06 +0000 Current State 35512 at http://wkar.org Ingham County Sheriff criticizes law enforcement spending cuts Neighbors in Action: First Book http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-first-book <p>Our weekly Neighbors in Action segment features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week, we feature a new organization: the Greater Lansing chapter of <a href="http://supporters.firstbook.org/site/Clubs?club_id=1390&amp;pg=main">First Book</a>. It’s a non-profit that offers new books to children in need. Board chairperson Jeremiah Rivera and chair-elect Paul Harmon spoke with <em>Current State</em> host Mark Bashore. Wed, 08 May 2013 17:17:26 +0000 Current State 35511 at http://wkar.org