Michigan State Government and Public Real Estate News

 Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced a $470 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to address mortgage related abuses. Michigan borrowers are expected to receive over $3.5 million as part of the nationwide settlement
Flint residents will be hired to assist with water testing under a new partnership forged Friday between the state and Flint human service groups, Gov. Rick Snyder announced today.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declined to testify in front of a congressional hearing this week on the Flint water crisis
After a departmental review of circumstances during the time period leading to the Flint water crisis, the former head of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance unit was officially terminated from state employment today, Gov. Rick Snyder said.
Democratic Steering & Policy Committee Co-Chairs Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-MD), and Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) sent aletter to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder inviting him to testify before House Democrats’ Steering & Policy Committee hearing on Wednesday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m. entitled “The Flint Water Crisis: Lessons for Protecting America’s Children.”
Rep. Sandy Levin (MI-09) today made the following remarks at a press conference following the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the Flint water crisis
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that he has introducedcomprehensive legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives focusing on immediate and long-term investments for Flint. Its introduction comes after weeks of conversations with city leaders and community stakeholders about what resources are needed to help families and the city recover from this man-made crisis.
The proposal announced yesterday by Gov. Rick Snyder to aid the city of Flint with credits to be applied to the portion of residents’ water and sewer bills for water used for drinking, bathing and cooking is one step closer to enactment after the state Senate voted unanimously today for passage of the $30 million dollar funding request.
Since 2009, Edible Flint has been working with individuals and institutional partners to support Flint residents in growing and accessing healthy food in order to reconnect with the land and each other. As a part of their continuing outreach to Flint’s residents, Edible Flint is gearing up to ensure a bumper crop of lead fighting vegetables and address concerns over urban gardening in Flint
Student athletes from Michigan State University are partnering with Schupan Recycling, Republic Services and the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) to help with recycling and water distribution efforts in Flint on Friday, Feb. 5, including collection of empty water bottles and distribution of recycling bags and bins
Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph and Congressman Dan Kildee, D-Flint, today announced joint legislation pertaining to the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The bill is co-sponsored by all 14 members of Michigan’s congressional delegation
As part of his upcoming budget proposal, Gov. Rick Snyder will ask the Legislature to approve a $30 million water consumption credit plan for the residents of Flint to keep their water service on and eliminate the need to pay for water they cannot completely trust to drink.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding the ongoing Flint water crisis. A full transcript of his remarks, as delivered, is below
“A few days ago, the Boston Globe ran an article that advocates that Flint and its tainted water epitomize the worst kind of environmental racism at the hands of government agencies. That conclusion may be true, but what has happened in Flint is symptomatic of what is happening in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods all across America, regardless of the race of the inhabitants. It continues to happen because America tolerates environmental hazards and polluting of the poor and people of color every day
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today offered praise and thanks for the overwhelming outpouring of assistance offered to Flint residents as they deal with the hardships caused by the tragic and unthinkable contamination of their drinking water, but noted that crises like these can also create opportunities for scam artists targeting families, senior citizens and small businesses
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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