Lansing, MI – State lawmakers agree Michigan's tax structure is outdated and requires big reforms. But there are disagreements over how to reform the tax system, and how quickly it needs to be done.
Democratic state Representative Alma Wheeler Smith says inaction on tax reform is costing the state the ability to offer crucial services. She says some loopholes created ten years ago during better economic times could be closed to generate quick revenue.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has signed a package of laws that protect people against having their heat shut off in cold weather by municipal utility companies. The new laws require utilities to report to the Public Service Commission when a customer dies or suffers an injury after they lose heat. The commission could refer cases to the state attorney general for prosecution.
LANSING, MI – The retail chain Meijer will try to reverse a court ruling that clears the way for a criminal investigation into possible election law violations by the company.
AUDIO: Meijer bankrolled a 2007 campaign to recall Acme Township trustees who voted against allowing the company to build a superstore in their northern Michigan community. That's against Michigan law. Meijer acknowledged its role in a settlement agreement with the Secretary of State.
FORT WAYNE, IN – Michigan State saw its eight-game unbeaten streak come to an end in a 4-1 loss to Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Spartans lone goal came from sophomore Daultan Leveille in the first period, as the MSU offense fell victim for the second straight game to a disruptive Notre Dame defense. The Spartans fall to 9-3-2 overall and 6-2-2-0 in conference play. Notre Dame is 6-5-3, 3-2-3-2 in conference play.