News Update

Friday, August 22, 2014, 11:18 AM

Baird Pays Back Taxes

Michigan Report for Thursday, August 21, 2014

Snyder Hit With Baird Tax, Voter Registration Scandal

Governor Rick Snyder is facing another crisis involving a high-ranking member of his administration, this time involving top aide Rich Baird, who is registered to vote in Michigan and Illinois, as well as claiming property tax exemptions in both states that should only be claimed on a single principal residence.

Public records in Clinton County and Cook County, Illinois, show Mr. Baird has claimed a principal residence exemption on the Bath Township property he has owned since 2011 while the Palatine, Illinois, residence where his wife and child primarily live, has had what Illinois calls a homeowner's exemption during the same time. Tax experts said even though Mr. Baird lives in Bath five days a week and then returns to Palatine on weekends, his family can only claim one such exemption.


Court Waits On Decision On Wedded Same-Sex Couples

DETROIT - U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith on Thursday did not make a ruling regarding the validity of some 300 same-sex couples that wed in March after U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban in the DeBoer case, and it was not immediately clear when Mr. Goldsmith would rule.


Pscholka-Lyons Has 29 Supporters, Lyons Says

Days after Rep. Kevin Cotter claimed to have the support of 25 of his colleagues for speaker of the House next year, Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, in a statement late Thursday, said she and her pick for the next speaker of the House, Rep. Al Pscholka, have a total of 29 committed supporters.


Marlinga Considering Court Bid Amid Democratic Tumult Over Murphy

Democrats who had planned on singing Kumbaya at their weekend state convention with no dissension about any of their nominees for state offices now are facing serious unrest in some quarters of the party about the candidacy of Court of Appeals Chief Judge William Murphy for the Supreme Court.


Workman Named Interim MSHDA Director

Wayne Workman

Deputy Treasurer Wayne Workman took the helm of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority after a unanimous board vote Thursday, but is hoping to return to his prior duties in December.

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