MIRS Weekly Report


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 Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

State Revenues To Tick Up $264M This Year, $225M More Next Year

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is starting off with $264.7 million more in state revenues than previously expected this fiscal year and $225 million more than previously estimated in state revenue for her first budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.
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Bill Banning 'Dark Store Loophole' Returns

Legislation that Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) says will fix "the dark store loophole" -- a controversial method of calculating the property tax assessments of big box stores that is the subject of the court case Menards vs. Escanaba -- was introduced in the House Thursday.
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Speaker Says Auto Insurance Rates 'Holding Back Our State'

Newly elected House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) called no-fault auto insurance "the single largest issue holding back our state" as he made remarks on the opening day of the 100th Legislature.

Michigan has had the nation's highest auto insurance rates for the fifth straight year in 2018, according to Insure.com. Chatfield it called "unacceptable."
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McCormack Elected Chief; Viviano Named Chief Pro Tem

The Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday unanimously elected Democratic-nominated Justice Bridget McCormack to serve a two-year term as chief justice.
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