Michigan State Government and Public Real Estate News

The DEQ issued the mill a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit on April 7, which included a requirement for a hydrological study to determine the best location and discharge strategy to protect the integrity of downstream wetlands. That requirement originated after a January 13 public meeting where attendees expressed concern about potential impacts to wetland hydrology.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, joined 46 U.S. Senators in a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging the agencies to support the growth of biomass energy, which makes up approximately 35 percent of Michigan's renewable energy. This letter calls on the Administration to streamline current policies, which would boost job creation in the biomass industry and spur economic growth in Michigan
Electric system improvements in and near the Fort Custer Industrial Park will mean a scheduled six-hour power interruption Saturday morning to safely complete the work. Because of the number of industrial customers involved, Consumers Energy chose the morning of July 4th do to the work and minimize customer inconvenience.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed another new state-record fish, this time a quillback carpsucker. This marks the fourth state-record fish caught in 2015
The United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Michigan v. EPA, a case concerning the Environmental Protection Agency's overreaching interpretation of its powers under the Clean Air Act
To accommodate motorists traveling throughout Michigan over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will remove traffic restrictions on 120 of 155 active projects statewide. AAA Michigan estimates 1.3 million travelers will be using Michigan roads and bridges during the annual celebration of the nation's independence.
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $4,281,492 in funding for 29 Michigan counties through the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Michigan is home to more than three million acres of federal lands, and as a result, county governments throughout Michigan miss out on critical property tax revenue every year.
Western Michigan University was the first in the region to receive an upgraded electric meter today as a Consumers Energy program kicked-off for its customers in the Kalamazoo region. The Western View Apartments Clubhouse was the site today of a short ceremony to commemorate the education opportunities the new technology will offer university students
Landowners looking to make the most of their land can support local hunting traditions and economy, improve their land, and get paid to do it through the Department of Natural Resources’ Hunting Access Program. The DNR encourages landowners to consider enrolling their lands in the program, which provides private-land hunting opportunities in southern Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula. Landowners with at least 40 acres are eligible to enroll
U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the inclusion of his bipartisan Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility Act of 2015 in the surface transportation reauthorization bill, which was unanimously passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee yesterday. Peters introduced the bill along with Republican Senator Roy Blunt (MO) and Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) earlier this month.
International Bridge customers and residents of the sister cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario may have recently noticed things are getting a little brighter crossing the border as the pole-mounted lights along the bridge deck traffic lanes get an upgrade.
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $159,100 has been awarded to Michigan Ability Partners to support job training for homeless veterans in Washtenaw and Jackson counties. The funding, which is part of the Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), will go towards assisting veterans with job training for in-demand jobs and help them transition out of homelessness and into more sustainable housing.
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $199,996 has been awarded to Volunteers of America-Michigan to support job training for homeless veterans in Bay, Genesee, Saginaw, and Shiawassee counties. The funding, which is part of the Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), will go towards assisting veterans with job training for in-demand jobs and help them transition out of homelessness and into more sustainable housing
The House passed H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act, which included a bipartisan amendmentfrom Congressman Huizenga (MI-02) and Congressman Kildee (MI-05) encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to include the benefits of clean energy storage in their emissions calculation under the Clean Power Plan.
U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after House passage of the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 2042), legislation that would delay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed plan to force mandatory carbon dioxide (CO2) standards on state electricity systems and allow states to opt out entirely if the standards would increase rates for consumers and/or would jeopardize reliability
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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