*State News*

DESIGN Events To Fight AIDS, Showcase Detroit

September 18th 2013

One of the most spectacular things about this year’s DIFFA: Dining By Design Detroit, Sept. 26-28, is its location. This is the only time people will be able to party in the old Federal Reserve Building at 160 W. Fort St. before it becomes full time retail/business space.

Treasury Recognizes all Same-Sex Marriages for Tax Purposes

August 29th 2013

Treasury Recognizes all Same-Sex Marriages for Tax Purposes (U.S. Dept. of Treasury Press Release, Aug. 29, 2013) The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless […]

Medicaid Expansion Passes Senate

August 28th 2013

Medicaid Expansion Passes Senate (C. Proxmire, Aug. 28, 2013) After a bunch of partisan back-and-forth, made more complex by disagreements within the Republican Party, the state Senate approved expanding Medicaid to cover a larger group of low-income residents. A similar bill passed the House earlier this year, and the next step is for the House […]

Study Shows Results for Mental Health Court

August 23rd 2013

Study Shows Results for Mental Health Court (Michigan Supreme Court Press Release, Aug. 23, 2013) A three-year evaluation of 10 Michigan mental health courts finds that participants re-offend at significantly lower levels than comparable groups of offenders who do not participate in the mental health courts. The evaluation, which was conducted by the State Court […]

A Bankrupt Narrative

July 22nd 2013

A Bankrupt Narrative (Guest Column by Haley Roberts, orig. Michigan Suburbs Alliance blog, republished July 22, 2013) A consistent and easy narrative has quickly emerged around the Detroit bankruptcy filing—but it’s wrong. The refrain on repeat across news outlets and social media includes some combination of the following: decades of mismanagement, a shrinking tax base, […]

Flood Destroys Donations for Massive School Supply Nonprofit

July 10th 2013

Flood Destroys Donations for Massive School Supply Nonprofit (Crystal A. Proxmire, July 10, 2013) When volunteers arrived at the Operation Kid Equip. headquarters in Clinton Township on Wednesday, they expected to begin sorting the massive amounts of items for their various statewide programs that equip low income students with pens, paper, crayons, backpacks, books and […]

Stabenow: Wednesday Vote Could Lower Student Loan Rates (video)

July 8th 2013

Stabenow: Wednesday Vote Could Lower Student Loan Rates (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, July 8, 2013) A vote is expected Wednesday on US Senator Debbie Stabenow’s “Keep Student Loans Affordable Act,” an effort to bring student loan rates back to 3.4%. The rate doubled on July 1 after Republicans blocked a vote to keep the rates […]

Beware of Online Ticket Purchasing Scams

July 8th 2013

Beware of Online Ticket Purchasing Scams (Attorney General Press Release, July 8, 2013) Attorney General Bill Schuette today issued an alert advising consumers to be wary of online ticket purchasing scams. The warning comes during the busy summer concert and event season. “As we enjoy summer, Michigan consumers should protect themselves from fraudulent online ticket […]

Fireworks Safety, Code and Consequences

July 4th 2013

Fireworks Safety, Code and Consequences (C. Proxmire, July 4, 2013) Fireworks season is in full effect as communities throughout Michigan struggle to find the balance between fun, safety, tranquility, and economy. Cites have been scrambling to keep up with new provisions of state law regarding fireworks usage. Previously local governments had more say in their […]

oc View: On Crimes and Punishments

July 3rd 2013

oc View: On Crimes and Punishments (Richard E. Rosenberg, Michigan Criminal Lawyer Blog, June 19, 2013) In his introduction to the Jane Grigson translation of Cesare Beccaria’s On Crimes and Punishments (Oxford UP, 1964), Mario Cuomo says that in the forty years since he first read Dei delitti e delle pene (1764) “… America’s Criminal […]

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