Michigan Technology related politics

Flow-Through’ Exemption Restorer Bill Heads To House

LANSING - Nearly 250,000 Michigan "Flow-Through" business organized as S Corporations or partnerships could claim state income tax exemptions under legislation that the Senate unanimously passed Thursday. Under the 2017 U.S. Tax Cut, "Flow-Through entities" lost their ability to deduct what they pay in state income taxes. C Corporations, by contrast, did not lose that

By |2018-12-06T20:17:13+00:00December 6th, 2018|Politics, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available To West Michigan Agricultural Businesses Damaged By Spring Rains

DETROIT – Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million are available to some agricultural related businesses damaged by excessive rains in May and June in Allegan, Barry, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and Van Buren counties. The news came this week from the U.S. Small Business Administration. “When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster

By |2018-12-06T17:58:20+00:00December 6th, 2018|Politics|

Proponents For Paid Sick Leave To Seek Ballot Proposal In 2020

LANSING - The Michigan Senate-passed bill changing the voter-initiated law requiring employers to provide paid sick time their employees so severely guts the act with little hope of legitimate negotiations to soften the legislation that the organizers of the proposal say they will begin collecting signatures to bring their proposal back for the 2020 ballot.

By |2018-11-30T09:47:04+00:00November 30th, 2018|Politics|

Michigan Elected Officials, Environmental Groups Urge Quick State Action On Cancer-Causing PFAS In Michigan Waterways

LANSING - Michigan elected officials and environmental groups urged quick state action Thursday after a published report showed industry is still releasing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances into some Michigan waterways. Department of Environmental Quality officials, contacted following an MLive report that catalogued large quantities of PFAS discharged by industry into waterways, said efforts are already underway to

By |2018-11-30T09:47:04+00:00November 30th, 2018|Clean Update, Politics|

Social Media Rumor Wrongly Charges Voter Fraud In State

LANSING - An inaccurate claim, apparently started by a Chicago-area conservative author and picked up by a number of Michigan residents on social media, asserted that 60 percent of Michigan counties report more registered voters than residents, a charge easily refuted by looking at voter data and state population data. The claim was initially made

By |2018-11-16T10:18:36+00:00November 16th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Bills To Amend Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Time Introduced For Michigan Lame Duck

LANSING - A pair of bills were introduced in the Senate Thursday that would radically change the initiative petitions adopted in September by the Legislature requiring employers to provide paid sick time to their workers and raise the state's minimum wage, making them more business-friendly according to Republicans and likely to spark a major lame-duck

By |2018-11-09T12:43:21+00:00November 9th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Two Business Expansions Creating 100 Jobs Get State Aid

LANSING — The Michigan Strategic Fund has supported two business expansions, in Washtenaw County’s Pittsfield Township and in Kent County’s Plainfield Township. Pacific Industrial Development Corp. received a $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to support an investment of $17.2 million expansion that will create 50 jobs. (A photo of the plant is above.)

By |2018-11-08T18:09:34+00:00November 8th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

Gov. Snyder Names Long-Time MDOT Deputy As New Director

LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder has named a new director to steer the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and replace long-time director Kirk Steudle. Kirk Steudle Mark Van Port Fleet took the helm as MDOT's new leader Thursday, moving up from his post as senior chief deputy director. He has 38 years of experience at

By |2018-11-06T15:30:13+00:00November 6th, 2018|Politics, Politics/Government|

OST’s VanderMey Named To Michigan Health Information Technology Commission

GRAND RAPIDS  - Jim VanderMey, Chief Innovation Officer at OST, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Health Information Technology Commission. VanderMey will serve a four-year term, which expires Aug. 3, 2022. VanderMey has provided technical leadership and product strategic planning for OST since co-founding the firm in 1997.  He brings more than

By |2018-10-31T20:01:48+00:00October 31st, 2018|Politics|

Cadillac Students Win Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge

DETROIT - Students from Cadillac High School on Oct. 29 were crowned champion of Gov. Rick Snyder’s High School Cyber Challenge after defeating 201 other teams that competed in the third year of the competition. The finals were held during the  seventh North American International Cyber Summit that brought together more than 850 participants to

By |2018-10-29T21:41:45+00:00October 29th, 2018|Cyber Defense, Politics|