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Senate votes to limit Detroit-area transit tax to 2 mills

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Detroit-area voters could be asked to approve a transit tax that is no higher than 2 mills under a bill advancing in the Michigan Legislature. 101 more words

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Skubick: Burning midnight oil in Capitol while tempers smolder over Detroit school rescue

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – After laboring for 15 hours Wednesday, House Republicans passed their version of the Detroit School rescue package but Democrats and labor will fight the package in the State Senate. 365 more words

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Michigan Senate proposes plan to cut recidivism, save money

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Supporters of newly introduced criminal justice bills in the Michigan Senate say they are designed to keep prisoners from reoffending, ultimately saving taxpayers money on incarceration costs. 99 more words

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Senate updates domestic violence bills

The Michigan Senate overwhelmingly has approved a package of bills to overhaul the state’s domestic violence laws.

Senators passed the seven-bill package Thursday. It still needs to be reapproved by the House before heading to Gov. 93 more words

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Jailed State Senator Virgil Smith Submits Letter Of Resignation

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – From behind bars, Detroit Sen. Virgil Smith has agreed to resign after beginning a 10-month sentence in the Wayne County Jail.

The resignation came by way of a statement in a letter from Virgil Smith’s attorney that simply read: “I resign as Senator of the 4th District.” 248 more words

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Jailed Senator Virgil Smith Expected To Resign By End Of Week

LNSING (WWJ) –  A State Senator from Detroit who was ordered to jail for 10 months following a shooting incident involving his ex-wife is expected to resign from office by the end of the week. 229 more words

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Michigan Senate approves overhaul of Detroit schools

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The Michigan Senate has approved a restructuring plan to divide Detroit’s financially and academically ailing school district in two and put in place a mechanism to pay off hundreds of millions of dollars in operating debt. 95 more words

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