As Michigan readies for a vote on raising state taxes to smooth a deteriorating network of roads and bridges, one reason is because it's contending with the reality that a significant source of money for the projects — federal aid — is down.
Michigan is potentially on the hook for $9.4 billion in business tax credits over the next two decades, nearly $3 billion more than projected just weeks ago, the state's top economic development official said Wednesday.
Michigan would hold a March 15 presidential primary in 2016 under bills approved unanimously Thursday by the Senate, ensuring Republicans would not run afoul of party rules and lose delegates to their national nominating convention.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday unveiled a $54 billion budget that he said prioritizes education and health care while cutting spending this year and next because larger tax incentive credits are being claimed by companies than expected.
Health experts hope that a month-old change in Michigan's vaccination waiver policy will ensure more kids are immunized in a state with the country's fourth-highest percentage of kindergartners exempted from at least one vaccine.