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Senate Passes Road Bonding Guardrails

LANSING - Michigan Senate Republicans passed SB 0716 and SCR 22, both objections to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's $3.5 billion bonding-for-roads plan. All the Senate Democrats voted against SB 0716, sponsored by Sen. Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville), which would give the Legislature veto power over the State Transportation Commission bonding more than $100 million in any fiscal

By |2020-03-16T08:39:48-04:00March 15th, 2020|Politics, Politics/Government|

Enbridge Hires Tunnel Contractors, Eyes Fall ’21 To Start Construction

LANSING - Enbridge has hired the contractors it needs to build the underground Straits of Mackinac tunnel, and will soon be submitting its formal permit requests to the appropriate state and federal authorities. Those were among the updates provided at the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) meeting Friday in St. Ignace. Also Friday, a company

By |2020-03-16T08:39:48-04:00March 15th, 2020|Clean Update|

Circuit Court Judge: Cannabis Businesses Can’t File For Bankruptcy When They Fail

LANSING - Marijuana is still illegal under federal law so when a marijuana business goes broke, it isn't eligible to file for bankruptcy in the federal courts, Kent County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Yates told the Michigan House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. "Whether we like it or not, we in the state of Michigan, in our

By |2020-03-01T11:19:12-05:00February 27th, 2020|Featured, Marijuana Business, News|

Study: Pure Michigan Earned $8.79 Return For $1 Spent On It

LANSING - The latest return-on-investment study on the Pure Michigan ad campaign found a return of $8.79 for every dollar spent on the combined warm weather and fall campaigns of 2019, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. According to the MEDC in a press release, $16.1 million was spent on out-of-state Pure Michigan campaigns

By |2020-02-27T18:21:33-05:00February 27th, 2020|Featured, Politics, Politics/Government|

Vaping Products Treated Like Tobacco Under New Michigan Senate Bills

LANSING - A six-bill bipartisan package that includes treating vaping like a tobacco product and taxing it at 24% was introduced this week in the Michigan Senate. The flagship bill is SB 781, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), that would place vaping products under Michigan's "Tobacco Products, Tax Act." This approach is

By |2020-02-13T16:09:03-05:00February 13th, 2020|Marijuana Business, News, Politics/Government|

Michigan A Top 10 State For Corporate Expansion; Not K-12 Performance

LANSING - Michigan is already a top ten state when it comes to "corporate facility expansion activity," according to Ron Starner, executive vice president of Site Selection magazine. Michigan ranked ninth in 2018, and it will be in the top ten again for 2019, he's just not sure where because numbers are still being compiled.

By |2020-02-13T16:19:33-05:00February 13th, 2020|Featured, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Toll Road Study Bill Passes Michigan Senate With Other Transportation Bills

LANSING - The Michigan Department of Transportation would need to work with an outside consulting firm to study the possibility of bringing toll roads to Michigan under legislation that passed the Senate Jan. 28 as part of a seven-bill transportation package. Sen. John Bizon's (R-Battle Creek) SB 517 would require the study include revenue projections,

By |2020-02-05T10:41:57-05:00February 4th, 2020|Featured, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Sky Is The Limit For How Much Governor Could Bond For Roads

LANSING - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer could go ahead and bond for $2.5 billion -- or really, any amount she wanted – for new road revenue through the gubernatorial-appointed State Transportation Commission, based on updated information from numerous sources. Whitmer could, theoretically, bond against the revenues from future gas taxes and registration fees for any amount

By |2020-02-05T10:41:14-05:00February 4th, 2020|Politics, Politics/Government|

Measure Opposing Labor Peace Agreement For MRA License Rule Moves

LANSING - On a party-line 6-3 vote, the Michigan Senate Regulatory Reform Committee reported out a concurrent resolution to oppose labor peace agreements being a requirement a company must meet to be eligible for licensing under the Marijuana Regulatory Agency's permanent rules. The measure is sponsored by committee chair Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton), who has compared

By |2020-02-05T10:43:31-05:00February 4th, 2020|Featured, Marijuana Business, News|

Michigan Legislative Bills Would Ban Vitamin E Acetate From Vaping Products

LANSING - Vitamin E acetate would be banned from vaping products for marijuana, medical marijuana, and nicotine under a three-bill package pending before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee. HB 5159, HB 5160 and HB 5161 by Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Rep. Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park) and Rep. Joseph Bellino (R-Monroe) would ban the chemical, but