Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Unions were disappointed. Canadians were thrilled. All in all, reactions were varied as Michigan voters shot down all six statewide ballot proposals.
Unions were disappointed. Canadians were thrilled. All in all, reactions were varied as Michigan voters shot down all six statewide ballot proposals. (See all statewide election results here.) The six state proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot in Michigan were: How did you vote on these proposals?
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The campaign Obama won was the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
The Salvation Army is seeking to hire employees for 33 stores throughout Southeast Michigan.
The Salvation Army Southeast Adult Rehabilitation Center will host a job fair in effort to fill a wide variety of open positions at its 33 Salvation Army thrift stores and three warehouses throughout southeast Michigan. The job fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 17, and 9 a.m. to noon on July 18. “As we continue to grow and open new thrift stores, the need for staff continues to increase,” said Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center. “Given the tight job market, we are pleased to be able to provide employment opportunities throughout the communities we serve.” The Salvation Army will be conducting on-site interviews and hiring for the full and part-time positions in …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
The bills establish the Vulnerable Adult Medical Alert system and set guidelines for families dealing with abuse of seniors.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Editor's note: This press release was submitted by Gov. Rick Snyder's Office. Gov. Rick Snyder signed a 10-bill package this week to protect Michigan’s senior citizens and vulnerable adults. The measures encourage the reporting of elder abuse and strengthen penalties for those who are convicted. “The abuse of seniors and vulnerable adults is one of the fastest growing crimes in our state, and law enforcement agencies will now have better tools to help protect potential victims from financial and physical abuses,” Snyder said. The governor called for the legislation’s passage in his special messages on health and wellness and public safety. Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-District 20, sponsored Senate Bills 461, 464 and 466 in the package. “This …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Stores that sell synthetic drugs in Michigan are now subject to legal and criminal action for carrying the products on their shelves.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Editor's note: This press release was submitted by Gov. Rick Snyder's office. Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Tuesday to ensure K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs no longer find their way to Michigan store shelves. The synthetic drugs now will be included in the list of Schedule 1 drugs, and producers and distributors will be subject to the same penalties as those of other drugs in the classification. The governor called for this move to protect teens and young adults in his special message on public safety. “K2, Spice and similar products are not safe for human consumption, and I applaud the Legislature’s efforts to remove these dangerous compounds from our communities and protect our youth,” Snyder said. Synthetic drugs are made of …
Sunday, May 27, 2012
As Michigan's economy begins to rebuild, we can’t let another crisis sparked by risky bets on Wall Street put us all in danger.
You’ve probably seen the recent news coverage of losses at the nation’s largest bank, JPMorgan Chase. And you may have seen some of the resulting coverage about bank regulations and something called the “Volcker Rule.” I want to give you my sense of why this is such an important issue to Michigan families and businesses. JPMorgan is a bank, and it does the things you and I use banks for – it offers checking and savings accounts, makes loans for people to buy cars or houses or to invest in their businesses, and so on. But other parts of JPMorgan get involved in little-known financial markets. That’s where JPMorgan made a very big and complicated bet that now has gone very wrong. When JPMorgan first disclosed the problem, it said the bank …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
American oil, gas and coal are viable solutions to the energy crisis in the United States.
We've all had to dig a little deeper in our pockets when visiting the gas station lately. The national average is fast approaching $4 per gallon. A weak economy, coupled with higher gas prices, is another burden placed on struggling families and businesses across Michigan and the country. The pain at the pump has again sparked conversations about domestic energy development. It's time we realize that American oil, gas and coal are viable solutions to our energy crisis. It's hard to believe that not long ago a gallon of gas was around $1.85. Today, it's more than doubled. While President Barack Obama's speeches often reflect a pro-domestic energy mentality, his actions say otherwise. One of the first initiatives he took as president was to …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a new scam asking family members to wire money overseas.
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton has a warning for seniors. Clayton said be wary if someone identifying themself as a grandchild calls saying they are in trouble and need of money for medical bills. On May 3, deputies responded to a call regarding a recent fraud. The victim, a 75-year-old Dexter resident, reported that she had just been "scammed." According to a press release from the sheriff's office, on May 2, the woman received a call from a male subject that addressed her as "grandma." The woman believed the caller was her grandson and continued to have a conversation with him. The caller claimed that he was in an accident in Spain and needed money to pay for hospital bills. The woman wired the requested amount of money via …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Sen. Carl Levin says U.S. Postal Service faces "an extraordinary financial challenge" in the future.
In late April, the U.S. Senate approved an important bill to reform the U.S. Postal Service. Though the bill was not perfect, it makes important changes to help the Postal Service adapt and thrive in the 21st century. And it includes an amendment that I helped write that I believe will help protect postal facilities in Michigan and across the nation from unjustified closures. There is little doubt that change is necessary; the Postal Service faces an extraordinary financial challenge, and it must make changes to take into account a new reality in which physical mail has in many cases been replaced by electronic communication. But in making these necessary reforms, we must ensure that all the American people can continue to rely on the U.S…
Saturday, April 28, 2012
State Rep. Mark Ouimet and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will meet with residents in western Washtenaw County on April 30.
When state Senate Republicans unveiled a proposal two weeks ago to eliminate some portions of our state's personal property tax (PPT), there was some justifiable concern from local government officials. The PPT is mainly distributed to local municipalities to help provide services to residents and any reduction of that revenue source could affect those services and programs. That's why I scheduled a special town hall meeting in western Washtenaw County on April 30 so local officials could learn more about the proposal. I invited Lt. Gov. Brian Calley as my special guest to help explain the plan and answer questions. Michigan's PPT is a tax that businesses pay on such items as machinery, furniture and other equipment. Since some neighboring…