Michigan State Government and Public Real Estate News

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today approved special contracts between Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCo) and both Tilden Mining Company, L.C., and Empire Iron Mining Partnership (the mines).
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today directed Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCo) to cease billing Verso Paper Corp. (Verso) for standby energy associated with a maintenance period in 2012.
Spring has sprung and many homeowners will start home improvements or building projects. Before you do, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) offers some important tips that will help you find a good contractor, and avoid common and often costly mistakes when planning to remodel or build a new home
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $137,620 for the Saugatuck Township Fire District 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.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today applauded the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement that three Michigan projects in Standish Township in Arenac County and Village of Mesick in Wexford County will receive $8,397,000 to support necessary improvements to local water and wastewater systems. This major investment is part of Sen. Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill, which increased funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Environmental programs
Kevin Elsenheimer, chief deputy director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, was unanimously approved by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s board to serve as the organization’s new executive director.
U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is set to expire September 30. The LWCF uses revenues from offshore oil and gas to create and protect national parks, areas around rivers and lakes, national forests, and national wildlife refuges, and to provide matching grants for state and local parks and recreation projects.
U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced a $34,241 investment in the Upper Peninsula to provide assistance to help end veteran homelessness. The assistance is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced a $1.1 million investment in the Detroit area to provide assistance to help end veteran homelessness. The assistance is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be rebuilding the M-54 (Dort Highway) bridge and widening the Center and Averill bridges, beginning with demolition of the north section of the Dort Highway bridge tonight. All I-69 traffic has been shifted to the eastbound lanes of the highway as of Thursday night, April 16. All this work is expected to take one week to complete
Governor Bruce Rauner spoke today at the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing where he discussed the need to build a new Illinois and issued a call to action for smarter financial strategies that invest in the future of the state. Addressing an audience of more than 600 housing industry leaders and elected officials, the Governor touched on the major goals of his agenda to transform Illinois, calling for accountability and collaboration between the state and its private sector partners.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for the Lake City Area Chamber of Commerce in Missaukee County. This funding comes through the USDA's Rural Development Community Facility Grant program, which funds critical infrastructure in rural communities across the country. The $11,250 grant will be used to help replace the roof on the Chamber of Commerce building
The owner of a greater Detroit-area home health care agency pleaded guilty today to fraud and money laundering charges in connection with her role in a $2.6 million home health care scheme.
U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today joined 14 of his colleagues in calling for robust funding to support at-risk veterans and their families and end veteran homelessness. In a bipartisan letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, Peters and his colleagues requested that the Supporting Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program and the Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program continue to receive strong funding in the FY 2016 budget
After a long winter, temperatures are finally starting to warm up, signaling the start of spring. With that, folks will be outside enjoying outdoor activities like walking, jogging, bicycling, and canoeing. In the Ann Arbor area, there are recreational trails, the Huron River, fishing spots, and parks located along railroad tracks owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and operated by Amtrak. To access some of these popular recreational locations, people may take shortcuts and cross the tracks at unsafe locations
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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