Governmental Affairs News

Gov’t Affairs News: income tax repeal, budget, appointments and more

House committee quickly reports income tax repeal

After only one committee hearing, the House Tax Policy Committee reported HB 4001 – a bill to repeal the state’s income tax over 40 years.

Gov’t Affairs News: personal income tax, “Tobacco 21,” and more

Possible income tax cut or repeal at top of House priorities

The new 99th legislature is more conservative than the previous one, a fact evident in some of the top priorities already identified.

Gov’t Affairs News: Governor delivers upbeat State of the State address

Governor delivers upbeat State of the State address

Governor Rick Snyder delivered his seventh State of the State address last night and focused largely on the improvements made since 2010.

Gov’t Affairs News: “Tame duck” ends on an electric note

Tame lame-duck session ends

The 98th Michigan Legislature wrapped up its lame-duck session at a reasonable time yesterday evening, just after 7:00 p.m., after finally pinning down an elusive energy deal.

Gov’t Affairs News: commuter withholding, minimum wage increase, overtime and more

Government Affairs News update survey

MRA sends Government Affairs News updates out every other Friday while the legislature is in session. In an effort to make these updates more effective for MRA members,

Gov’t Affairs News: plastic bags, pseudoephedrine limits and more

Legislature on break for most of October/November

Following three, short weeks of fall session, legislators will mostly be home in their districts through the November 8 election. The Senate has three scheduled session days,

Gov’t Affairs News – plastic bags, beer tax and more

Legislature returns for a few weeks

Legislators are back at work – for a couple of weeks at least. The House and Senate resumed normal business last week and will meet through next week.

Gov’t Affairs News – tax appeal changes, paid sick leave, 9-1-1 phone systems and more

Legislature breaks for summer

Following a few hectic weeks, the Michigan Legislature has completed the budget and crafted an emergency funding solution for Detroit Public Schools. Legislators are now back in their districts until September.

Gov’t Affairs News – tax appeal changes, plastic bags and more

Committee discusses Tax Tribunal changes

The House Tax Policy Committee held two weeks of hearings on legislation that HB 5578 could have a big impact on commercial property taxes and tax appeals.