Billions in GM tax credits from The Great Recession must be disclosed, Supreme Court rules
Billions of dollars in tax credits from The Great Recession-era are being brought to the forefront by the Michigan Supreme Court. The MEGA tax credit program was created in the 1995 and then expanded in the 2000s in response to The Great Recession. The most recent number related to GM’s tax credits came up in a 2020 agreement. The automaker agreed to cap the total value of its refundable MEGA tax credits at $2.27 billion through 2029 but the overall total value is still unknown. The Mackinac Center has been tracking tax credits to build its argument that the subsidies don’t fulfill their promises of job creation and instead are a waste of taxpayer money.mlive.com
Mackinac Center claims Michigan State University violated FOIA
EAST LANSING, MI — The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is suing Michigan State University, claiming the school violated the Freedom of Information Act, the Center announced Dec. 17. The university responded to the Mackinac Center on July 7 with a fee of $230 for the documents, and the Mackinac Center paid the required 50% deposit of $115, according to the lawsuit. On Nov. 4, MSU partially granted and denied the Mackinac Center’s request and extended its deadline to respond to Dec. 4. The Mackinac Center paid all deposits, but MSU has not produced any records, the lawsuit states. READ MORE:Michigan State University students must have flu vaccine to be on campus in spring, president saysNo spring break, more in-person classes coming for Michigan State University studentsAs some schools went remote, Northern Michigan University pushed ahead with in-person classesmlive.com
Michigan groups unite to urge passage of criminal justice reforms before year’s end
LANSING, Mich. – “We are, so excited about this coalition, and we’re excited about these reforms. They prove that when people work together, they make genuine real process in Lansing,” said Kimberly Buddin. Thursday, several organizations -- like Americans for Prosperity, the ACLU of Michigan, Safe and Just Michigan and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy -- presented the Justice Reform Package to the State House and Senate. They addressed key and important issues like driver’s license suspensions, mandatory minimum sentencing, case initiation, sentencing, probation, racial justice and fairness. The State House approved the package, now they move on to the Senate.
Michigan COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to rise
LANSING, Mich. – Over the past two weeks, it’s becoming clear Michigan is seeing COVID-19 cases rising along with hospitalizations. Hospitalizations have increased steadily for the last three weeks, including a slight uptick in critical care and ventilator use. The Michigan legislature was not in session Friday but there was a lot of activity in Lansing to work out how to deal with coronavirus after the Supreme Court nixed Gov. One source said the focus is on making the state’s overall COVID-19 response similar to the Return-to-Learn plan, allowing local control. Latest COVID-19 data in Michigan: