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With Income Tax Rejected By Voters, East Lansing Looks at Spending Cuts

A common story: Residents will pay for years of pension underfunding by elected officials

… this week to a ballot proposal that would have imposed … will need to find $3 million in extra revenue … put the income tax proposal on the Nov. 7 ballot, … measure failed with 53 percent of voters casting … more

Another Local Politician Violates Election Law, Sanctions Again Unlikely

‘Elected officials ... violate the law far too often,’ says critic of taxpayer-funded tax-hike electioneering

… assessment. The proposal failed Nov. 7 by a 56-43 percent margin. There … residents to vote yes on a 3-mill property tax increase … said. The Fraser proposal would have imposed … more

Federal Tax Proposal Not Perfect, but Good for Michigan, Nation

Reform plans are on the right track

… since 1986. The proposed legislation would … highest rate, currently 39.6 percent, would remain … the first place. This proposal will allow more people … percent, 25 percent and 35 percent, depending … more

Sheriffs Float the Idea of a Kayak Tax

Just another example of the trough truce

… Lawmakers introduced a proposal in 2010 that would … 2007-10, the fund gave $4.3 million to counties … 2016, and stood at $3.1 million for 2017. But … division. That leaves just $3 million for the 83 county … more

City Income Tax Proposal On November Ballot Sparks Business Revolt

Chamber of Commerce official: ‘Time for cities to get back to their core functions’

… opposition to an income tax proposal the city council has … revenue increased from $33.0 million in 2013 to … the November ballot proposal. The measure, if approved … more

84 Companies Offered $63.8 Million Michigan Taxpayer Dollars In 2016

Yet Gov. Snyder says he doesn't believe in 'buying companies into our states'

… Program" Gov. Snyder proposed and the Legislature … Michigan and will collect $3 billion in cash subsidies … Corporation approved giving $63.8 million state taxpayer … more

$500,000 Retirement Nest Eggs Likely Under Teacher Pension Alternative

Like the current system, new one intended as a hefty supplement to Social Security

… numbers on what their proposed alternative would … must deposit another 37 cents into the state-run … pension system, the proposed alternative is intended … employee who works for 30 years at an average … more

Pension Protestors Should Be 401(k) Supporters

Offering 401(k)-style benefits is good for teachers and taxpayers alike

… with this savings, the proposed plan would be more … up: Taxpayers put $3.2 billion into the system … put in 3 percent. The proposed plan requires less … It costs taxpayers 37 percent of employee … more

Astroturf? Facebook Page Promotes Union Politics Under Tea Party Flag

On pension reform, it quacks like a government employee union

… opposing pension reform proposals. Wendy Day, a … eight posts since Jan. 3. Five were posted in … on Facebook on Jan. 3 with a post that contained … more

Doctored Video Promotes Authentic Tax Hike in Northern Michigan School District

Cars passing school made to look faster as narrator talks safety

… asked to vote on a bond proposal that, if approved, … approve a 5.5-mill, 30-year tax increase to … community. ... An approved proposal would eliminate our … bond. Mesick’s video, about 3 1/2 minutes long, was … more

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Renting out the family summer cottage is a common practice in Michigan, and with today’s technologies, it’s easier than ever, empowered by services like AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO and more. These short-term rentals mean vacationers can find a place much more easily and inexpensively, while owners can earn some extra money. It seems like a win-win. Not everyone agrees. Some in the accommodations and tourism industries aren’t happy with the increased competition and are advocating for limiting people’s rights to rent out their homes. Some homeowner associations are pushing back as well. And while cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids have mostly embraced home sharing, some local governments have restricted and even banned the practice.

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