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    Michiganders Should Prepare for Recreational Marijuana

    Lindsay Reed

    A 2015 poll by the Glengariff Group puts Michiganders’ support for legalizing, regulating, and taxing recreational marijuana at 56 percent and opposition at just 36 percent.[ii]

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    Minimum Wage Proposal

    Nicholas Campbell

    Opinion Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer proposed on Nov. 18, 2013, his intentions to raise Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 if elected. Charles E. Ramirez, a writer for The Detroit News, told this story in an article titled "Schauer proposes hiking state minimum wage to $9.25 an hour." This initiative...

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    Authorization of 4 A.M. Liquor Licenses

    Christopher Cislo

    Today Michiganders can enjoy drinking with friends, family, and acquaintances within bars and restaurants as well as purchase alcohol at their local stores until 2 A.M. This all too common closing time may be subject to change in our near future. Senate Bill No. 856 proposes amending section...

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    Should there be a tax break for Michigan manufacturers?

    Marie Hallberg

    In a state that relies heavily on the manufacturing sector as one of its greatest sources of revenue, Michigan manufacturers are saying that the tax burden they must bear in this state is too great. A recent study by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) shows that on average in...

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    Could the DRIC bring commerce to Michigan?

    Marie Hallberg

    As Michigan begins a new year, many are hoping it will be one filled with promise and progress, especially in terms of the economy. These days, any Michigan resident is excited to hear plans to improve the state’s dismal economy but what many are asking themselves now is if...

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    Patent Laws the Latest in Series of Small Business Struggles

    Marie Hallberg

    In a time when small businesses are simply trying to stay afloat amidst a struggling economy, new obstacles are being put in their way of success. Recently the issue of patent laws has arisen due to some new changes in a federal patent law. Instead of being fined...

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    U.S. Department of Commerce Lends a Hand to Michigan Businesses

    Marie Hallberg

    In an effort to encourage more small business in the state of Michigan, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will begin to open up more resources for small businesses across the state.  Available to entrepenuers across the whole country as well, these resources, such as the CommerceConnect website...

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    Mobile Home Inspection Bill

    Craig Dulman

    House Bill 4801, sponsored by Representative Bob Constan, aims to amend the Mobile Home Commission Act to allow local authorities to conduct safety inspections of rental homes. As of now Michigan law allows local governments to conduct safety inspections of rental homes and apartments within their boundaries, however, these laws...

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    Proposed Changes to Tenant Termination Policy

    Rebecca Mayer

    In Michigan, changes are being proposed that would strike out some of the current language included in a bill regarding landlord and tenant relations. The House Bill 4904 would amend section 5714 of the Revised Judicature Act, and the House Bill 4905 would amend section 34 of Chapter 66 of...

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    Fair Housing Changes Proposed for Sexual Orientation Discrimination

    P. Pamela Davies

    Currently, the federal Fair Housing Act and Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act do not protect individuals from housing discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The two laws combined, however, protect many classes from discrimination: race, color, sex, age, marital status, familial status, religion, national origin, color...

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    Proposed Vehicle Code Changes for Logging

    Adam Barth

    House Bill 4224 proposes an amendment to the Michigan Vehicle Code pertaining to the proper towing of log slashers and log saw trailers. Section 719 of the Michigan Vehicle Code covers various issues with tractor-trailer towing length and height regulations. This bill would make it easier, and legal...

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    Michigan fights for small car plant- Will this actually help Michigan…

    Michigan, Wisconsin, and Tennessee  were all competiting against each other in order to bring the GM small car plants to their state.  Wisconsin was willing to offer GM $409 million in tax cuts and other incentives.  GM rejected this proposal due to the over $1 million dollar package that Michigan...

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    HB 4814: Country of Origin Labeling for Perishable Food & Human Or…

    Michigan House Bill 4814 would require all perishable food and human oral hygiene products coming into Michigan to have a label that stated the country of origin of the product. Not properly labeling such products would be a violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. The bill defines perishable food...

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    Jobs back to Michigan with new GM car

    In the past few weeks there has been much rejoicing of the jobs the Michigan auto industry has recovered with the building of the new GM compact car. With the current state of the economy, this good news is much welcomed but no one seems to be questioning the process.   With...

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    HB 4890 & HB 4891 Life Insurance Regulation

    On May 13, 2009 House Representative Barb Byrum along with several other Representatives proposed HB 4890 and HB 4891 which both deal with prohibiting STOLI (stranger originated life insurance). The basic issue of this legislation is if individuals with life insurance should have the option to sell their policy to...

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    Dead Malls: Suburban Planning Issue

    All around America shopping malls are closing. Although it was not more than 40 years ago when shopping malls were the cool new American innovation, today many see them as a symbol of urban sprawl and their failures as an indicator of overall economic decline. Why are malls closing? The...

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    HB 4984 Insurer Interests

    House Bill 4948 would "regulate the use of preferred repair facilities by insurers through direct repair programs, prohibit insurer from owning or having an ownership interest in a repair facility and would require any insurer that currently has an interest in a repair facility to divest itself of ownership not...

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    House considers HB 4723 and HB 4725

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    Last week State Representative John Espinoza took HB 4723 and 4725 to the House Committee on Commerce. Both bills are intended to to promote and retain economic growth in the Port Huron area through tax-free zones created by Renaissance Zones and Neighborhood Enterprise Zones. A Renaissance Zone is an area...

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    Marie Hallberg is the commerce & regulation correspondent for the Michigan Policy Network and a first-year student at Michigan State University. Currently, she is a no preference major, but is interested in either a teaching or communications degree. Marie is very excited to be attending MSU and anxious to explore the opportunities that are available to her. Marie is originally from Illinois and enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, reading, and being in band. Her career aspirations include a job focused on serving and working with people, possibly in the guest service area. She is very interested in using her experience on the Michigan Policy Network to help better her understanding of the Michigan government and how its policies ultimately affect the citizens of Michigan.