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What is ahead for Michigan in 2015? An income tax cut? A sales tax hike? Could elected officials move to repeal the state’s prevailing wage provisions? All are possible. A clearer picture will begin to emerge Wednesday when the 2015 Michigan legislature convenes.

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On today's show, we heard briefly from Keith Allard of the recently formed group, "Protect MI Taxpayers." Allard is also Chairman of the Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association and a recent unsuccessful candidate for the state legislature. His group is launching a campaign urging voters to defeat the call to increase the state sales tax by a cent. Michigan voters will decide that issue on May 5.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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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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  Last Sunday’s Lansing State Journal tore into the state Department of Treasury over its alleged inability to collect delinquent tax revenue.  

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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.