LANSING, MI – A group of Lansing residents is asking the Lansing City Council to investigate the circumstances surrounding councilmember-elect Tina Houghton's tax problems. Shortly after Houghton was elected to serve as the city's second ward candidate, it was reported she owed the city $3,300 in back property taxes.
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.
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.
Lansing, MI – State lawmakers agree Michigan's tax structure is outdated and requires big reforms.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.