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The arguments for and against Michigan’s Proposal 1

Those of you voting in Michigan today will be confronted by a terribly confusing ballot item called Proposal 1, or the Michigan Use Tax and Community Stabilization Share. Boiled down to its essentials, the legislation, if passed, would phase out the Personal Property Tax (PPT) currently paid on industrial and commercial personal property, and shuffle […]

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Welcome to Michigan, where we invest in anti-abortion pseudo-science bullying instead of things that actually work, like comprehensive sex education

Last year, Republicans in Michigan’s legislature passed a budget which included a $700,000 “abortion alternatives program” to be managed by the faith-based organization Real Alternatives. While the Pennsylvania non-profit claims to have brought the abortion rate in their home state Detroit News. The Michigan Legislature won’t fix the roads. It hasn’t shown much interest in […]

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As it’s become impossible to pass laws in Congress due to Republican obstructionism, the fight for the minimum wage has moved aggressively to the states… Here’s what’s happening

Last night, Zingerman’s co-founder Paul Saginaw and I met up for a late dinner at Dalat to discuss the various campaigns being waged across the country right now to raise the minimum wage, and how it came to pass that he’s become a spokesman for the movement. My hope is to share my notes later […]

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What you need to know about the October 1 launch of the Obamacare health insurance marketplace

It’s been a hell of a long time coming, but, on Tuesday of next week, uninsured Americans will finally have an opportunity to shop for health insurance coverage online, in government-administered marketplaces, as part of the Affordable Care Act. It took three and a half years, during which time the Republicans attempted to defund it […]

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What’s up with the Ypsilanti street light fee?

I don’t generally take requests, but, seeing as how we haven’t talked for some time about how the tax burden in Michigan is increasingly shifting onto the backs of the poor and middle class, I thought that I’d take this suggestion for a post that was sent in last night, and run with it… Here, […]

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