Michigan State Government and Public Real Estate News

Following the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency to broadly expand their regulatory authority through the controversial Waters of the United States Rule, Dr. Dan Benishek has released the following statement
The DEQ today announced grants totaling almost $3.1 million to improve water quality in Michigan lakes and streams. These grants will help restore impaired waters and protect high-quality waters by reducing nonpoint sources of sediment, nutrients and other contaminants
Three Detroit, Michigan, area residents pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.
The City of Traverse City Department of Public Services will be overseeing Storm water structure inspection work at various locations around the City. Locations that will require more extensive traffic control and partial lane closures include: Grandview Parkway, Division Street, Fourteenth Street, Veterans Drive, Cass Street, Lake Street, Railroad Avenue, Woodmere Avenue, Hannah Avenue, Garfield Avenue, East Eighth Street, Peninsula Drive, Carver Street and the Downtown area. The work is expected to begin on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, and will consist of storm water structure inspection and surveying.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that his Homeowner Protection Unit has filed thirty felony charges including Racketeering against attorney Steven Barry Ruza, 52, of Orchard Lake and his company, Home Legal Group, Inc., for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Michigan victims that were facing mortgage foreclosures. The charges were filed following an Attorney General investigation
Improved service is now available to nearly 500,000 Consumers Energy customers who have received new electric meters capable of sending text-type messages to the company through the cellular telephone network
The City of Traverse City would like to thank Traverse City Tourism for sponsoring two additional water bottle filling stations in Downtown Traverse City! Their generous donation has allowed for the purchase and placement of water bottle filling stations in the Jay Smith Walkway and at the corner of Union Street and State Street.
“Expanding the pool of contractors who install residential stair lifts eases the burden on Michigan residents, especially those on a fixed income,” Snyder said. “Outdated regulatory restrictions imposed unnecessary costs and delays for Michiganders needing mobility assistance, and now they will no longer face those obstacles.”
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $30,859 for the Graafschap Fire Department in Allegan County. This grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and the Fire Prevention and Safety Program
Gov. Rick Snyder today issued the following statement after the announcement that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April fell to 5.4 percent – which also is the national average. This is the first time that Michigan has been at the national average since September 2000
In response to the House passage of H.R. 2353, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) issued the following statement
The Wolverine Building Group (WBG) and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) signed a formal partnership with the goal of enhanced safety and health, and zero worker injuries during the construction of a new student housing apartment complex. MIOSHA is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today conditionally approved Consumers Energy Company's request to amend its renewable energy plan by adding a community solar program. If adopted by the utility, it would be the first community solar program offered by a regulated electric utility in Michigan. Participants have the opportunity to purchase subscriptions in 0.5 kilowatt blocks and receive a bill credit for 25 years based on the amount of electricity generated by the solar installation.
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today authorized Indiana Michigan Power Company to reconcile its 2013 energy optimization revenues and expenses.
Protecting your family and property from water and wind damage due to flooding, tornadoes and severe storms is the focus during the second week of Building Safety Month. The Bureau of Construction Codes in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs offers important and practical safety information
Snyder signs bill lightening rental property tax burden

Also signs medication price, local government bills

LANSING, Mich. – June 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Gov. Rick Snyder today signed bipartisan legislation lessening property tax obligations for owners of rental properties.

“This bill simplifies the tax code, lightens tax burdens for rental home owners and provides improved customer service to both owners and residents,” Snyder said. more »

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