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MIRS provides comprehensive news and analysis of state government delivered in written reports detailing the activities of the House, Senate, Judicial and Executive branches of Michigan state government.

Michigan News And Capitol Report, Week Ending, Wed., Nov. 23, 2016

Energy CEOs: Trump Policies Won't Impact Plant Closures

President-Elect Donald TRUMP pledged Monday he would "cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy." But the regulations that contributed to 18 Michigan coal-fired plants being mothballed or being mothballed will not be impacted by any reforms, said the CEOs of DTE Energy and Consumer Energy.
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State Allows $27M Tax Break On Autonomous Vehicle Test Site

A day after its groundbreaking, the site for a future testing center for autonomous vehicles received a 15-year break from property taxes that could be worth as much as $27.75 million in what would've been local and state revenue.
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House Pays $515K To Rid Itself Of Graham, Allard Suit

The House of Representatives Tuesday agreed to pay former staffers Keith ALLARD and Ben GRAHAM the equivalent of three to four times their House annual salary to end a whistleblower suit that could have cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend in federal court.
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Court Calls Nationwide Timeout On Fed Overtime Pay Rules

A federal court this week halted the implementation of a rule requiring employers to pay more of its employees for overtime, which had been set to take effect Dec. 1 and impacts at least 4 million workers nationwide.
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MIRS Monday Podcast: Municipal Retirement Benefits And The Recall

The $11 billion unfunded liability that Michigan local governments are saddled with needs state government intervention, but is lame duck the time for that conversation? Chris Hackbarth of the Michigan Municipal League tackles that question. He also offers statewide solutions for what can be done to curb costs so that cities -- already financially hobbled by state revenue sharing cuts and lower property values from the Great Recession -- can get on better financial footing.
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