Michigan’s poverty rate dips slightly, still above national average

BY: - September 26, 2019

About 1.4 million Michigan residents lived below the federal poverty level in 2018, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday. A total of 14.1% of Michigan’s population was below the federal poverty level, according to 2018 data taken by the American Community Survey (ACS). The percentage for Michigan is down from 14.2% measured […]

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Study: Local tax changes could help fix Michigan’s roads

BY: - September 4, 2019

Local taxation may be the answer to “fixing the damn roads,” according to a new paper from the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council (CRC) of Michigan. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the GOP-led Legislature have debated solutions at the state level, with the governor proposing in her Fiscal Year 2020 budget a 45-cent gas tax hike […]

Minnesota gov: ‘I ran … on raising the [gas] tax’

BY: - August 30, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s push to hike Michigan’s gas tax to fix crumbling roads and bridges — her signature campaign promise — is hardly occurring in a vacuum.  First-term Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a former congressman, also is working to make the case for a gas tax increase in his Upper Midwest state — albeit […]

Budget talks breaking down between Whitmer, GOP leaders

BY: - August 28, 2019

Updated, 5:04 p.m., 8/28/19 with additional comments from Whitmer’s office With 33 days left to prevent a partial shutdown of state government, the war of words between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative Republicans ramped up considerably on Wednesday.  Typically, lawmakers and the governor’s office will negotiate certain spending targets in different areas of the […]

Biz leaders make push for new road revenue as Whitmer, GOP leaders keep talking

BY: - August 20, 2019

The state’s leading business advocacy groups want Michigan lawmakers to know that they’ll stand with them if they vote to raise taxes for road-funding revenue. Rich Studley, president and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, officials from other groups like Business Leaders for Michigan and various regional chambers held a press conference on Tuesday […]