Michigan Report for Friday, May 27, 2016

Court Sides With Locals On Retail Property Taxes

The Court of Appeals has reversed a decision by the Michigan Tax Tribunal that rejected an Escanaba property tax assessment of a Menard's store, a potentially dramatic development in the high-level clash between local government and retailers on big box property taxation.

The reversal primarily relies on the differences in approaches to valuation of property - a cost-less depreciation approach that Escanaba used and the sales-comparison approach Menard's used.


Group: State Could Lose $20M In Child Care Funds

In a difference over how much Michigan spends on child care for low-income parents who are working or in training, the Michigan League for Public Policy has said the state is danger of losing $20 million in federal money. But state budget officials say child care programs will be funded appropriately.


Group Will Not Submit Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition This Year

Michigan's prevailing wage law appears safe for the remainder of the 2015-16 legislative term.

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  • DEQ Approves Marathon Permit With Sulfur Dioxide Restrictions
  • Appeals Court Holds Right-To-Work Case Purview Of MERC
  • VerHeulen: Trump Won't Hurt GOP In House Races
  • Schuette Hasn't Joined Lawsuit, But Writes To Feds On Bathroom Policies
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  • Appointments By The Governor

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