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Michigan News And Capitol Report, Week Ending Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Shirkey: ‘We’ll Come Back If Whitmer Changes Her Mind’

Following Senate session Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) was asked why a Senate session day had been tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday.

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Report: $12.2B In New Water Pipes Needed; Snyder's Water Tax Raised $2B

Former Gov. Rick Snyder's $5-a-head water tax proposal of 2018 would cover less than a fifth of the $12.2 billion in collective water infrastructure needs the state faces over the next 20 years according to a national environmental think tank.

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MCCA Slashes Vehicle Assessment 55% Following No-Fault Reform

The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association Wednesday lowered to $100 the per-vehicle assessment for the period of July 2, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The new fee is a reduction of 55%.

"The 55% reduction results directly from savings created by the cost controls for medical treatment and other changes made to Michigan's no-fault insurance law on June 11, 2019. These changes are estimated to erase the MCCA's deficit of approximately $2 billion and reduce the annual MCCA assessment by approximately $1 billion," reads the MCCA statement.

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Dems, Conservatives Unite On Ending MEGA Tax Credits

A trio of House Democrats joined one of the chamber's most conservative members and free market-based Mackinac Center in supporting a two-year phase out of the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) credits.

Under the plan pushed by House Minority Floor Leader Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) and Rep. John Reilly (R-Oakland Twp.), MEGA payouts would be limited to $200 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 and $100 million for FY '21.

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