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  • Policies of GOP governors could find national play Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— One group of potential candidates for president probably won't be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Snyder of Michigan and John Kasich of Ohio were all elected after Republicans began taking political control of the middle of the country back in...

  • Michigan's population creeping up as autos recover Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 5:28 PM ET

    DETROIT— After years of declining population, industrial Michigan finally seems to be on track toward growth again, the state's demographer says. Despite the rise, Michigan dropped to the 10th most-populous state this year as North Carolina jumped to No. 9.. And the number of people moving to Michigan continues to trail the number migrating elsewhere, with...

  • Judge OKs law shielding Michigan from $1.1B payout Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 2:24 PM ET

    It was designed to ensure that the state is not forced to pay $1.1 billion in refunds in about 134 cases similar to one in which the Michigan Supreme Court in July said IBM was owed roughly $6 million. IBM later challenged the state Treasury Department's ruling that it was not allowed to determine certain tax bases using a formula from a 1970 multi-state tax...

  • A look at Michigan road funding plan Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    In May, voters would be asked to increase the state's 6 percent sales and uses tax to 7 percent and eliminate the sales tax on motor fuel, generating a net $588 million— mainly for $300 million for schools and nearly $100 million for local governments. The plan also would bar the Legislature from spending School Aid Fund revenue on public universities, an issue for...

  • Michigan to vote on 7 percent sales tax for roads Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:05 AM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— Michigan voters would be asked to approve a sales tax increase as part of a $1.6 billion deal struck Thursday by Gov. And $11.8 billion in annual school funding would jump by at least $300 million, the equivalent of $200 per student. Michigan spends less per driver on roads than any other state.

  • Michigan road funds deal in doubt this session Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    Rick Snyder and legislative leaders failed Wednesday to negotiate a potential tax increase to improve Michigan's deteriorating roads, as chances of a $1.2 billion deal dwindled before lawmakers adjourn for the year. The Senate and House approved vastly different plans after the November election. The Senate plan would more than double the 19- cents-...

  • Deadline approaching for Detroit pension help Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    DETROIT— The state of Michigan on Tuesday urged Detroit pensioners whose benefits will be reduced by the city's bankruptcy restructuring plan to apply for funding if it's necessary to keep them from dropping below the poverty line. Detroit, which officially emerged last week from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, is shedding about $7 billion...

  • Michigan lawmakers OK looser air gun rules Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— Michigan would loosen licensing restrictions on air guns and limit local governments' ability to set their own regulations, except when BB, pellet and paintball guns are being used by those less than 16 years old, under legislation lawmakers approved Tuesday. The bills are backed by the National Rifle Association, which says Michigan is one of just...

  • Michigan divides up $75 million in blight funding Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    DETROIT— Michigan has divided more than $75 million in federal funding to fight blight among 12 cities, with Detroit getting about two-thirds of the money, as part of efforts to deal with vacant and dilapidated buildings across the state, officials announced Tuesday. Detroit is getting $50 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury's "Hardest Hit" fund program,...

  • Dec 11- Law firms and consultants reached agreements with Detroit over fees they charged the city for work on its historic bankruptcy, federal court mediators said on Thursday. As of Oct. 24, fees and expenses totaled nearly $141 million, with law firm Jones Day submitting the biggest bill, totaling $52.3 million. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan had raised the...

  • UPDATE 1-Detroit set to exit bankruptcy on Wednesday Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    Dec 9- Detroit's odyssey through the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy will end on Wednesday when the city's debt adjustment plan will take effect, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's office said on Tuesday. In a letter, Snyder accepted Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's declaration that the city's financial emergency is over and that it was time for his...

  • Nov 19- A federal judge on Wednesday allowed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Michigan's emergency manager law to move forward on grounds that it might discriminate on the basis of race. The lawsuit contended that 52 percent of Michigan's black population resides in cities with a state-appointed emergency manager or some other form of state...

  • TIMELINE-A history of Detroit's fiscal problems Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Nov 7- A U.S. judge on Friday confirmed Detroit's plan to exit the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy. -Detroit's descent into fiscal insolvency can be traced back to the waning days of long-time Mayor Coleman Young's administration, when the city was already deep in debt and struggling with a budget deficit. Both Young and the Michigan state treasurer raised...

  • DETROIT, Nov 7- Detroit won U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval on Friday for a road map to end its fiscal free fall and revitalize a city sinking under a huge debt load and dysfunctional government. He acknowledged the anger the bankruptcy fueled among many Detroit residents and urged them to look forward. Once the proud symbol of U.S. industrial strength, Detroit fell...

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill on Tuesday that will keep electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc from selling its cars directly to consumers in the state, home to the biggest U.S. automakers. Michigan becomes the fifth U.S. state to keep Tesla from easily selling cars directly to consumers, joining Texas, New Jersey, Arizona and Maryland,...

  • DETROIT, Oct 15- Ordinary Detroit residents sounded off with passion and anger on Wednesday as they gave a federal judge their views on the city's plan to exit its historic municipal bankruptcy. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes began a hearing on Sept. 2 to determine if Detroit's plan to restructure $18 billion in debt is fair and feasible. Some residents of...

  • Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes asked pointed questions on Friday about how Detroit will fare after it exits its historic bankruptcy, expressing concerns about a commission intended to oversee city finances and a settlement with Syncora Guarantee Inc.. The judge also raised concerns over how the city would monitor deadlines and requirements in a complex...

  • DETROIT, Sept 25- The Detroit City Council unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday that would keep a state-appointed emergency manager in control of the city's historic bankruptcy case, while returning city governing powers to elected officials.

  • DETROIT, Sept 9- Detroit reached a deal with three Michigan counties over regional water and sewer services that could drop the counties as objectors to the city's plan to adjust its debt and exit bankruptcy, officials announced on Tuesday.

  • DETROIT, Aug 12- Heavy rains in southeast Michigan hit the operations of U.S. automakers in the region, including forcing the closure of General Motors Co's technical center outside Detroit. Detroit city officials said Monday night's heavy rainfall was the most rain the city had seen in almost nine decades.