Michigan Report for Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Baird Says He May Sue Over Tax Accusations

Following an op-ed piece in the Detroit Free Press accusing him of breaking the law to illegally reduce his property taxes, Rich Baird, a top aide to Governor Rick Snyder, threatened Karla Swift, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO, in a telephone message with a lawsuit.

This follows the revelation that Mr. Baird said in an email that he was considering suing Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer for insinuating following a recording of Michigan Public Television's "Off the Record" program that he was a crook. Reporters who participated in the program said Ms. Whitmer indicated she thought there were crooks in the Snyder administration.


Land Campaign: Roads Plan Would Keep .08, Buy American Provisions

The campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land denied Democratic criticism that Ms. Land's proposal to cut the federal gasoline tax by 78 percent and let states decide whether to replace the funding would mean the end of federal requirements for states regarding blood alcohol levels and the use of U.S. steel and iron in construction projects.


House Dems Call For Per-Pupil Funding Increase

House Democrats on Tuesday called for boosting the increase in the minimum per-pupil funding to $83 from $50 as passed in the upcoming fiscal year 2014-15 K-12 budget.


Grand Rapids Station ‘Postpones' Gov., U.S. Senate Debates

The NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids, WOOD-TV, announced Tuesday it has postponed debates it hoped to hold next week in the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races, saying Republican Governor Rick Snyder and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land had yet to accept the station's invitations.


Snyder Launches New Ad; Democrats: Ad Shows His Policies Aren't Working

In the first ad of what is expected to be an intense advertising campaign to help him win re-election, Governor Rick Snyder said that he has helped lay the foundation for the state's road to recovery.

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