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Dem: 45-cent tax hike is dead, other options must be in mix

A top Democratic lawmaker says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase is dead, and proposals such as raising the corporate income tax and taxing heavy trucks must be in the mix. House Minority Leader Christine Greig said Thursday that with majority Republicans vehemently opposing the 45-cent plan, there are alternative ways to raise revenue without having to increase …

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Like my vote? Michigan lifts ban on ballot selfies

Michigan voters are free to take a picture of their ballot before they leave a voting booth. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has settled a 2016 lawsuit that challenged a ban on so-called ballot selfies. The ban on displaying completed ballots has been around since 1891. Benson’s office and Joel Crookston, a voter in the Kalamazoo area, reached a deal …

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Democrat Jon Hoadley launches run against Rep. Fred Upton

Democratic state Rep. Jon Hoadley is launching a campaign to unseat longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan. Hoadley, who announced his run Monday, has represented the Kalamazoo area since 2015. He says he’s tired of “watching those with so much tell the rest of us that we haven’t earned anything at all.” Upton has been in Congress for …

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Deal reached on lawsuit over Michigan ban on ballot selfies

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has agreed to settle a lawsuit over a ban on so-called ballot selfies. Joel Crookston, a voter in the Kalamazoo area, sued in 2016 to try to stop Michigan’s ban on taking photos of marked ballots or publicly exposing them. Lawyers won’t talk about the deal until details are filed in federal court on May …

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Secretary Benson welcomes era of no-reason mail-in voting in Michigan

No-reason mail-in voting has launched in Michigan, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced today, explaining it will make voting easier for people across the state. “If you want to fill out your ballot at home, you should be able to do so. And if you want to avoid the stress of finding time to get to the polls on Election …

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Rep. Miller appointed to chair committee

State Rep. Aaron Miller has been appointed to a key role in helping determine the policy priorities of Michigan House Republicans for the 2019-20 session. Miller was appointed chair of the Policy Action Plan Committee by Speaker-elect Lee Chatfield. The temporary panel will help collect policy ideas toward building the House Republican action plan for the next two years. Miller …

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Glen Oaks millage request narrowly defeated

Glen Oaks Community College will have to consider its options after a half-mill increase request was defeated Tuesday by a margin of 51 to 49 percent. College officials said security improvements, energy-efficiency upgrades, renovations of classrooms and laboratories, and other capital-improvement projects were planned for the seven-year life of the proposed millage. The half mill would have generated about $970,000 …

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COA millage renewal is approved

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging’s request for renewal of three-quarters of a mill was approved by voters, 71 to 29 percent. The request is for a six-year period, and will generate nearly $1.5 million during its first year.

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Election results – St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners

Two incumbents will join Sturgis resident Ken Malone to the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners following Tuesday’s vote. A strong voter turnout saw Centreville resident Dennis Allen defeat Judy Nelson of Nottawa Township. Allen, the current board chairman, will be back to represent District 3, which covers Lockport, Nottawa, Florence and Sherman townships. The other incumbent, White Pigeon’s Dan …

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Nottawa voters approve school millage

Voters in the Nottawa Community School District agreed to support a sinking-fund mill in the amount of one-and-a-half mills. The request, approved by a margin of 255 in favor to 174 opposed, is for a 10-year period and in its first year will generate more than $90,000. Superintendent Jerome Wolff said the funds will be used for improvements in school …

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