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Report Warns Enbridge Not On Hook If Line 5 Spills

LANSING - If the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline across the Straits of Mackinac ruptures, the various agreements involving the pipeline do not require the company to pay for the cost of cleanup and remediation, a study commissioned by the departments of Attorney General and Environment, Great Lakes and Energy says. Attorney General Dana Nessel released the

By |2019-11-03T19:09:18-05:00November 3rd, 2019|Featured, Politics, Politics/Government|

Switch Bills Moves As Other Data Center Bills Stall

LANSING - The Michigan House Commerce and Tourism Committee on Thursday moved legislation providing some additional tax exemptions to the company Switch in Gaines Township while holding off on two bills that would expand tax exemptions for additional data centers. SB 455 was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee 6-4 with one Democratic member

By |2019-10-31T20:25:49-04:00October 31st, 2019|Mobility|

Enbridge Wins Suit Challenging Whitmer Blocking Of Line 5 Tunnel

LANSING - The law creating the authority to oversee the construction of a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house the Line 5 oil pipeline is constitutional, a Michigan Court of Claims judge ruled Thursday in a major victory for Enbridge. After Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an opinion earlier this year that the law, signed

By |2019-10-31T20:25:49-04:00October 31st, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|

Enviro Rules Panel Tables PFAS Draft Rules, Advocates Blast ‘Delay’

LANSING - Despite pleas from community and environmental groups to move forward with draft drinking water standards that would establish testing levels for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the Environmental Rules Review Committee decided Thursday to table the rules until a special meeting on November 14. The move comes following some committee members feeling they didn't

By |2019-10-31T20:25:49-04:00October 31st, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|

House Energy Panel Debates Licensing Structure For EV Charging Stations

LANSING - Retailers could make a profit through charging stations for electric vehicles with a licensing structure under a bill discussed in the House Energy Committee on Wednesday. HB 4806, which is opposed by most of the stakeholders as bill sponsor Rep. Andrea Schroeder continues to work the issue, would require the Michigan Public Service Commission to

By |2019-10-27T17:12:57-04:00October 23rd, 2019|Auto Tech, Featured|

Pure Michigan Ad Campaign Lives On Until Dec. 31…And Perhaps Beyond

LANSING –  The Pure Michigan tourism advertising campaign will continue through the end of the year – and the brand will live on even longer –  despite a funding veto Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued amid an ongoing budget dispute with the Republican-led Legislature. The Michigan Strategic Fund, which Whitmer reshaped last month with new

By |2019-10-23T19:29:05-04:00October 23rd, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

U.S. Supreme Court Ends Redistricting Case; 2011 Maps Stay For 2020

LANSING - A U.S. District court judgment that Michigan legislative Republicans deliberately drew a partisan gerrymandered congressional and legislative lines for the 2012 to 2020 elections was vacated by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday in light of its ruling last June that nothing in the U.S. Constitution actually forbids partisan gerrymandering. But in that same

By |2019-10-21T20:07:29-04:00October 21st, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

Concerns Of Slowing Economy Grows In Survey Of Michigan Business Leaders

DETROIT - Nearly half of Michigan leaders expect state economic growth to decrease or worsen over the next year, according to a quarterly survey of business leaders, a sharp increase over the previous survey. Of those surveyed during the third quarter of the year ending September 30, about 48.8 percent said the state economy would

By |2019-10-16T20:20:32-04:00October 16th, 2019|Featured, News|

Michigan House Unanimously OKs Codification Of Online Sales Tax

LANSING - Legislation ensuring the Michigan Department of Treasury can collect sales and use tax from remote sellers – something it already does – passed unanimously through the House on Wednesday. HB 4540, HB 4541, HB 4542 and HB 4543 passed 110-0. Under the bills, marketplace facilitators would be those who sell tangible personal property at retail locations in the

By |2019-10-16T20:20:32-04:00October 16th, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government|

U-M To Host 2020 Presidential Debate

LANSING - The University of Michigan's Crisler Center will host a presidential debate on October 15, 2020, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday. "This is a tremendous opportunity for the university community to contribute to our democracy, while setting an example of civic engagement and shining a light on the outstanding academic strengths of

By |2019-10-13T17:36:32-04:00October 13th, 2019|News|