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Michigan’s counties sue MERS over unpaid taxes

By | 11.15.11 | 1:39 pm | More from The Michigan Messenger

Two county registers of deeds filed a class action lawsuit Monday on behalf of Michigan’s 83 counties alleging that the Mortgage Electronic Registration Services owes millions of dollars in property title transfer taxes.

Groups pressure supercommittee on energy subsidies

By | 11.09.11 | 10:23 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

The Congressional deficit reduction “supercommittee” that has been charged with finding $1.5 trillion in budget savings by Thanksgiving could save billions by eliminating tax breaks and subsidies for oil and gas companies, which advocacy groups from across the ideological spectrum support, but energy companies are battling to keep their good More…

Pontiac, Mich. emergency manager fires city clerk, Treasury OKs

By | 11.08.11 | 12:20 pm | More from The Michigan Messenger

Pontiac Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel’s recent decision to fire the city clerk led the ACLU to warn that today’s election has been jeopardized. The Treasury Dept., which is responsible for overseeing Emergency Mananger, however, says that it is not worried about the election.

Unemployment extension seen as likely to pass in Congress

By | 11.08.11 | 10:00 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

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The conventional wisdom in Washington seems to be that another year-long extension of federal unemployment benefits is likely to be approved in Congress despite strong Republican opposition in the House.

Mich. Court of Appeals rules cuts to welfare rolls can continue

By | 11.04.11 | 10:01 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

The Michigan Court of Appeals has overturned a ruling from the Genesee County Circuit Court that had put a hold on implementing legislation that would remove thousands of families from the public assistant rolls. The lawsuit continues, but the state government can continue to remove people while the trial More…

Michigan Supreme Court asks for more info on Emergency Manager law case

By | 11.03.11 | 5:02 pm | More from The Michigan Messenger

The Michigan Supreme Court has asked Gov. Rick Snyder to supply more information about why he thinks the high court should rule directly on a legal challenge brought against the Emergency Manager law in Ingham Circuit Court.

Detroit mayor indicates interest in serving as his city’s emergency manager

By | 11.03.11 | 1:18 pm | More from The Michigan Messenger

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said Wednesday that the city may run out of cash by February and he may be interested in serving as Emergency Manager if the governor decides to appoint one.

House Democrats expected to introduce unemployment benefits bill

By | 11.03.11 | 10:14 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

Democratic legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to introduce a bill today to extend federal unemployment benefits for another year.

The Huffington Post reports:

“With almost five unemployed Americans for every job opening, too many people remain jobless because of a lack of work, not a


Michigan Republicans sought stimulus funds, argued money would generate jobs

By | 11.02.11 | 9:34 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

Newsweek reveals a series of newly released documents from the Department of Energy that shows all of the Republican members of the Michigan congressional delegation seeking stimulus funding for projects in the state on the grounds that such spending would create jobs — despite frequently claiming that the stimulus More…

Pontiac, Mich. appoints United Water employee to public works directorship

By | 11.01.11 | 3:49 pm | More from The Michigan Messenger

Pontiac’s Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel has fired the city’s clerk and attorney and replaced the director of public works with an employee of United Water — the criminally-indicted French water company that has operated the city’s wastewater treatment system since June.