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Local municipalities applaud Personal Property Tax legislation
December 26, 2012 | WGVU A group of
West Michigan local governments collaborated with Lt. Gov Brian Calley on recent legislation passed in the House to phase out the personal property tax for industrial properties. An
exemption would be included for small commercial properties. Grand Rapids
Chamber president and CEO, Rick Baker believes the resulting legislation will remove
a big barrier to business investment and expansion, and create high-quality
jobs for our community. He says Michigan’s dependence on the tax made the state
uncompetitive. Grand Rapids Deputy City Manager, Eric DeJonge, believes the
program is balanced.
“The PPT solution that has been adopted by the legislature is good for business and local government. A group of us in West Michigan worked closely with the office of Lt. Governor Calley and other interest groups to develop a package that package that provides business tax relief but replacement of revenue through a combination of methods.” That group includes the cities of Grand Rapids and
Wyoming, Kent and Ottawa Counties, and the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council.
local communities and schools rely upon PPT revenue to provide essential
services but the new legislation responsibly replaces that revenue while
creating an environment for more jobs. “The idea here was to find a way to eliminate that tax over time and replace it with revenues for local government services that also provide the home for manufacturing and commercial businesses to prosper. We believe we found that balance.”
Some of the revenue
could be replaced by creating a “Metropolitan Areas Component” portion of the
state’s six percent “use” tax that would be distributed by the “Michigan
Metropolitan Areas Authority.” Voters would have to approve any change in the
use tax in a statewide referendum during the August 2014 primary election. A report
recently released by the Anderson Economic Group report estimates between 20-45
thousand jobs will be created by eliminating Michigan’s industrial personal
property tax along with other tax reforms.
lobbying groups are concerned that the legislation fails to ensure complete
replacement of lost personal property tax revenues.
Michigan DNR completes fall muskellunge stocking
Lansing MI November 27, 2014 | WGVU State wildlife managers have finished a fall stocking program that added 36,228 muskellunge fingerlings to 21 lakes, rivers and other Michigan waterways.
Jury convicts tutor of statutory rape of boy, 15
Grand Rapids MI November 27, 2014 | WGVU
A jury has convicted a Grand Rapids Catholic school tutor of criminal sexual conduct for having sex with a 15-year-old boy she was teaching.
Downtown Grand Rapids 'census' planned
November 27, 2014 | WGVU Grand Rapids officials hope to gather data that engages residents, and shapes future policy decisions.
Dozens arrested for drugs, firearms in Detroit operation
Detroit, MI November 27, 2014 | AP Law enforcement officials in Detroit say they have arrested dozens of people and seized illegal weapons and drugs in a coordinated enforcement effort.
School deficit bills on 'lame duck' legislative list
LANSING, Mich November 27, 2014 | MPRN By Jake Neher
State lawmakers could take up legislation next week meant to keep schools out of deficit.
Several hundred attend Grand Rapids Ferguson rally
November 26, 2014 | WGVU Residents, students and community organizations came together in cities and campuses across West Michigan after this week’s grand jury decision in Ferguson.
Jury deciding case of tutor who had sex with boy
Grand Rapids MI November 26, 2014 | WGVU Jurors are returning to a Grand Rapids courtroom to resume deliberations in the case of a Catholic school tutor charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
Kalamazoo cop car damaged during Ferguson protest
Kalamazoo MI November 26, 2014 | WGVU The rear window of a Kalamazoo police car was broken during an otherwise peaceful protest tied to the shooting of an 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.
Steelcase sale moves education site forward
November 26, 2014 | WGVU A group focused on growing area educational programs finalizes plans to purchase Gaines Township’s former Steelcase Pyramid building.
Motown float making debut in Detroit parade
Detroit, MI November 26, 2014 | WGVU The event known as "America's Thanksgiving Parade" is honoring what once was called the "Sound of Young America."
Grand Rapids holds Ferguson solidarity event
November 25, 2014 | WGVU Grand Rapids joins other Michigan cities gathering tonight following Monday’s decision in Ferguson.
'ReThink' promotes region to former residents
November 25, 2014 | WGVU A Thanksgiving Eve event hopes to attract former Michigan talent back to the area.
WGVU-HD airing FRONTLINE "Ebola Outbreak"
November 25, 2014 | WGVU Tuesday, November 25th @ 10:00 PM on WGVU-HD, FRONTLINE takes you to the villages outside Sierra Leone, Africa. Producer and reporter Wael Dabbous introduces you to patients infected with the deadly virus and the health care workers treating and tracking Ebola.
Michigan Supreme Court taking part in adoption day
LANSING, Mich. November 25, 2014 | AP A Michigan Supreme Court justice joins other judges in approving adoptions as part the state's 12th annual adoption day.
Michigan commission urges gay rights protections
KALAMAZOO, Mich. November 25, 2014 | AP The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is calling on the Legislature to prohibit discrimination against gays by passing civil rights protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
Michigan delays implementing health care program
LANSING, Mich. November 25, 2014 | AP Michigan is delaying the implementation of its health care coordination program for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
Detroit vigil takes place after Ferguson decision
DETROIT November 25, 2014 | AP A peaceful vigil took place in downtown Detroit after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.
State police boost patrols around Thanksgiving
LANSING, Mich. November 25, 2014 | AP Michigan State Police troopers are boosting patrols as part of an effort to keep roads safe for Thanksgiving travelers.
Michigan woman gets probation for animal cruelty
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. November 25, 2014 | AP A Grand Rapids woman has received five years of probation after 37 dogs were found living in unsanitary conditions in her home.
U of M: 11 sex misconduct violations over 12 months
ANN ARBOR, Mich. November 25, 2014 | AP The University of Michigan says that students made 129 sexual misconduct complaints in one 12-month period, and it found 11 violations of school policy.
State House expected to take up film credit extension in December
LANSING, Mich November 25, 2014 | MPRN By Jake Neher
The state House is expected to take up legislation next month that could decide the future of Michigan’s film credit program.
High winds, snow forecast in parts of Michigan
Grand Rapids MI November 24, 2014 | WGVU Forecasters say a cold front moving through the Great Lakes region will bring high winds and lower temperatures to Michigan.
Homeless camp faces eviction in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor MI November 24, 2014 | WGVU People living in an Ann Arbor homeless camp are bracing for eviction from the privately owned woods where they've established their tent community.
Rhodes scholars include Michigan man
Holland MI November 24, 2014 | WGVU A University of Michigan student from western Michigan has been named a Rhodes scholar.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 13 cents in week
Dearborn, MI November 24, 2014 | WGVU AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have dropped about 13 cents a gallon in the last week.
Authorities: Man, 22, fatally stabs woman, 57
Antwerp Township, MI November 24, 2014 | WGVU Authorities say a 22-year-old man fatally stabbed a 57-year-old woman at a home in southwestern Michigan following a dispute.
Fire put out at Grand Rapids trucking business
Grand Rapids MI November 24, 2014 | WGVU Authorities say a suspected natural gas explosion may have started a fire at a trucking business in Grand Rapids.
Conversations can 'move the needle' of inequity
November 24, 2014 | WGVU A recent event addressing racial inequity in Grand Rapids underscores the importance of having those conversations.
Michigan-Ohio rivalry... over insurance sign-ups?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. November 24, 2014 | AP In a nod to their states' historic football rivalry, Michigan and Ohio health advocates have launched a competition to see which state can reach the most uninsured residents about health coverage.
Murder charge for man, 22, in stabbing of aunt, 57
ANTWERP TOWNSHIP, Mich. November 24, 2014 | AP Authorities say a 22-year-old man fatally stabbed his 57-year-old aunt at their home in southwestern Michigan following a dispute.
Kalamazoo County re-count to begin Dec. 8
November 24, 2014 | MPRN Candidates and campaigns that are unhappy with the results of the November elections have until Wednesday afternoon to ask for recounts.