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Economy
11:12 am
Mon December 8, 2014

MI retailers push for sales tax fairness

Many online retailers, like Amazon, don't collect the state sales tax from customers in Michigan.
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Last week we learned that e-commerce sales on Cyber Monday 2014 topped $2-billion. That’s up more than 15-percent over last year. Big box giant Walmart and online powerhouse Amazon saw sizeable surges in their bottom lines. But the reports are not welcome news for everyone, including traditional brick and mortar retailers in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
12:14 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court ruling could cost state $1 billion

If the Michigan Supreme Court does not reconsider the decision, then the state legislature will likely find a way to make sure the estimated $1 billion is not lost, says Rick Pluta.
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One billion dollars. That’s the amount the state could lose because of a July ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court, according to the Treasury Department.

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Economy
12:40 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Do corporate tax incentives boost Michigan's economy?

David Bieri is assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His main research and teaching interests are at the intersection of urban planning and real estate economics, public finance and economic geography.
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Last week, General Motors announced plans to expand its Delta Township plant and requested a 50% tax break over 12 years from the Lansing City Council. Similarly, the new logistics center at General Motor’s Grand River plant that just started construction that comes with a $4-million tax break.

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Politics & Government
1:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Personal Property Tax reform reflects mistrust between legislature, municipalities

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On August 5th, Michigan voters will head to the polls to select who goes on to represent each party in November’s general election. They’ll also be asked to vote on Proposal 1, which is the first step in what has been a long-fought effort to reform the state’s Personal Property Tax.

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Politics & Government
2:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Could Michigan learn from Minnesota's high tax success?

Minnesota's gas tax formula differs from Michigan's.
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As Michigan works to recover from the economic downturn and the decline in its manufacturing base, there have been plenty of debates over which policies will set Michigan on a long-term path toward more prosperity.

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Education
11:27 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Funding vote crucial for Grand Ledge, Lansing schools

Lansing Eastern High School.
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Voters will make important school funding decisions tomorrow in Lansing and a number of other mid-Michigan districts. Those include Grand Ledge, Eaton Rapids, Williamston and others.

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Politics & Government
11:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Michigan stakeholders rely on non-partisan ‘Tax Outline’

The Citizens Research Council of Michigan recently released its Michigan Tax Outline, a report that summarizes tax data.
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There are 59 different taxes yielding nearly $40 billion in public revenue. That is a snapshot of current Michigan tax levies contained in a comprehensive new report. The money is used to pay for police and fire protection, Medicaid coverage, state employee salaries, schools, roads and lots more.

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Politics & Government
12:33 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

The Asset Independence Coalition assists people with local, state and federal taxes.
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature two services from the Capital Area United Way: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and their  2-1-1 support line.

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Politics & Government
12:42 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Proposal would restore tax revenue for Michigan communities

Fowler says that there are no more tax incentives for companies relocating to Michigan, but as former tax credits expire, it creates revenue in the state.
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Fourteen months ago, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation eliminating the state personal property tax levied on business equipment. The move was heralded as welcome change by business owners who said the tax put them at a competitive disadvantage and inhibited job growth. However, local governments are worried about how they will replace the revenue that kept their vital services running. Now, a series of bills introduced this week in the Michigan Senate seeks to preserve that funding.

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NewsRoom
6:08 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Michigan Democrats Mark Tax Day With Bills For “Middle Class Tax Relief”

State House Democrats spent “tax day” pushing a plan to repeal several state tax policies.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Michigan Senate Democrats Try To Force Vote On Pension Tax Before April 15th Deadline

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With the tax filing deadline right around the corner, Michigan Democrats are attacking what they call unfair Republican tax policies.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:45 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Michigan Treasury Department responds to criticism over tax collecting

The LSJ article reports that there are 492,000 delinquent tax accounts in the state.
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  Last Sunday’s Lansing State Journal tore into the state Department of Treasury over its alleged inability to collect delinquent tax revenue.  

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NewsRoom
6:28 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Governor Signs Factory Tax Phaseout

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that will phase out the tax on industrial and business equipment. 

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Governor Signs Mine Production Tax

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a tax overhaul that he says will encourage more mining in northern Michigan. 

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Snyder Signs Income Tax Cut

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a reduction in the state income tax.

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Income Tax Rollback Grows More Likely

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It appears a budget deal between Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders could include an election year tax cut.

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NewsRoom
6:34 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Snyder Asks Congress to Adopt National Plan to Collect Taxes on Internet Sales

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Governor Rick Snyder is asking Congress to adopt a federal plan to help states collect sales taxes on Internet purchases.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Senate Votes to Phase Out Industrial Tax

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The state Senate voted Thursday to phase out a tax on most industrial and business property in Michigan. 

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NewsRoom
6:40 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Industrial Tax Phase-Out Moves to Senate Floor

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A state Senate panel voted along party lines for a plan to phase out Michigan’s tax on most industrial equipment.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Debate Begins on Industrial Property Tax

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The debate at the state Capitol to get rid of Michigan’s tax on most industrial equipment began Wednesday with a Senate hearing.

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NewsRoom
6:42 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Filing Deadline Invites Tax Debate

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This week’s tax filing deadline has sparked a new round of arguing between Democrats and Republicans about taxes with an eye toward elections later this year.

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