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State Drone Bill Could Fly Away If Federal Government Acts On Drone Regs

LANSING - A bill package to restrict where recreational drone users can fly their gadgets was heard by the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday, but many worry the federal government's delayed action on drone regulation might end up rendering state legislation all for naught. The package consists of SB 917, which would clarify who drone operators

By | 2018-06-08T13:10:27+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Drones, Politics, Politics/Government|

Prevailing Wage Repeal Passes Over Dems, Worker Objections

LANSING - Michigan's 53-year-old law requiring union scale wages to be paid to workers on public construction projects is no more after the Republican-majority Legislature passed the initiated legislation, accompanied by multiple chants and outbursts in the House by Democrats and furious construction workers who packed the gallery. The Senate voted largely along party lines,

By | 2018-06-08T09:11:04+00:00 June 7th, 2018|News, Politics, Politics/Government|

Michigan One Fair Wage Submits $12 An Hour Minimum Wage For November Ballot

LANSING - Michigan One Fair Wage left itself a substantial cushion in submitting petitions Monday that would put a $12 minimum wage before the Legislature and likely on the November ballot. The group argued its move was a win for workers, but opponents were quick to argue it would mean job, and potentially business, losses.

By | 2018-05-22T20:23:34+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Politics|

Michigan DEQ To Study Public Drinking Water For Cancer-Causing PFAS Contaminants

LANSING - The Department of Environmental Quality will be studying samples from the public water systems in the state looking for traces of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the department announced Friday. The study is among the efforts of the PFAS Action Response Team to track and address the emerging contaminant. Filmmakers Seek Help In Sounding

By | 2018-05-21T19:28:26+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Clean Update, Featured|

Recreational Marijuana Use On Michigan November Ballot After House Balks At Approving

LANSING - Recreational marijuana legalization is likely headed to the November ballot after House Speaker Tom Leonard said Thursday there's not enough support for the proposal to be approved in the House. The Board of State Canvassers on Thursday certified the proposal allowing it to be approved by the Legislature or go to the November ballot. There

By | 2018-05-07T21:14:33+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Politics|

DTE Plans Doubling Of Renewable Energy Capacity By 2022

LANSING - DTE Energy announced Friday its latest renewable energy plan filed with the Public Service Commission contains plans to double the company's renewable energy capacity by 2022. The company's plan would bring 1,000 megawatts of additional renewable energy online, its total capacity to 2,000 megawatts. DTE Energy Renewable Energy Director Dave Harwood said the

By | 2018-04-01T16:05:37+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

IoT TechConnect Update: MC Matthews, Entrepreneur Track Shea, Title Sponsor PlanetM

ROYAL OAK - On M2 TechCast Monday April 2, Dr. Tonya Matthews, the CEO of the Michigan Science Center, will talk about her role as Mistress of Ceremonies at IoT TechConnect April 4 at the Troy Marriott. Then Inforum InGAGE Manager Tember Shea will interview Lori McColl, Founder, Whim Detroit, a technology consultant and app

By | 2018-04-01T15:42:06+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Featured, IoT|

How The Gongwer Election App Can Help You Come November

LANSING - Gongwer News Service/Michigan Report's 2018 Michigan Elections app puts our one-of-a-kind candidate database to work in an easy-to-access portable format. Here's how the app can help Gongwer subscribers. Q: What's unique about the app? A: With the app, the wealth of information in Gongwer's elections database is at users' fingertips. As candidates continue to file

By | 2018-03-22T19:29:59+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Announcements/New Products, New Products / Contracts|

Moody’s Credit Warns Michigan Economy At Risk If Trump Pulls US Out Of NAFTA

LANSING - If President Donald Trump pulls the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Michigan is one of the states most vulnerable to negative economic consequences, according to a new analysis from the Moody's credit rating agency. Michigan's reliance on trade with Canada and Mexico is what puts it at risk,

By | 2018-03-15T20:58:52+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Featured, Politics, Politics/Government|

Michigan Senate Approves Bill To Allow Installation Of Wireless Tech On Utility Poles

LANSING - Legislation that would allow companies looking to install new wireless technology infrastructure to utility poles and towers across the state easily passed the Michigan Senate on Thursday over the objection of one member who referred to potential health risks he said are associated with the expansion of wireless technology. SB 637 passed 33-3 and SB

By | 2018-03-15T20:55:25+00:00 March 15th, 2018|News, Politics, Politics/Government|