Friday, May 17, 2013
Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin and Congresswoman Candice Miller, who each represent Macomb County communities, share their opposing responses to the actions in Washington D.C.
Sharing their opposing views to The Patients' Rights Repeal Act, Sander Levin and Candice Miller argued their opinions on the controversial debate through public statements this week. Levin and Miller each represent Metro Detroit communities, including several that span throughout Macomb County. The House majority voted Thursday to repeal Obamacare—formally known as the Affordable Care Act. Many expect it will not pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin, a Democrat, made the following statement on the House floor in opposition to the 37th ObamaCare repeal vote, his office announced Thursday: "I rise today in opposition to The Patients’ Rights Repeal Act. This vote is more than just a …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Ways and Means Committee ranking member represents Metro Detroit communities, including Clinton Township.
Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin and Chairman Dave Camp sent a letter Tuesday to Internal Revenue Service Acting Commissioner Steve Miller "requesting information on the targeting of organizations by the IRS," according to a news release. "The Ways and Means Committee has led a nearly two-year investigation related to concerns that IRS was targeting individuals and organizations based on their political beliefs," the release states. The Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing about the issue at 9 a.m. Friday. In a statement, Levin, a well-known Democrat who represents Metro Detroit communities, including Clinton Township, stated, "The American people must have the fullest confidence that organizations requesting tax …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Marketplace Fairness Act was approved this week in the U.S. Senate, and is headed to the Republican-controlled U.S. House for consideration. Both Michigan's senators voted for the bill, which would require merchants to collect state taxes on internet
Michigan's U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, voted in support of a bill that requires merchants to collect state sales taxes for online purchases. The Marketplace Fairness Act passed the U.S. Senate 69-27 on Monday. Next up, the legislation goes to the GOP-led House. President Barack Obama has previously said he supports the bill. Supporters say the bill would level the paying field for traditional local retailers and collect much needed tax revenue for state. Opponents, including anti-tax activists and retailers, say it will be overly burdensome on small businesses and would effectively result in a tax increase. Neither Levin nor Stabenow issued public statements after Monday's vote explaining their support of the…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
One lane of traffic on the ramp from eastbound I-94 to westbound I-696 will remain closed for another week for continuing construction work.
The Michigan Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that the left lane of the existing two-lane ramp from eastbound I-94 to westbound I-696 will remain closed for at least one additional week. Crews are repairing a faulty drainage structure in the left lane, according to a release. The right lane of the ramp continues to remain open during the repair work.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
A fire April 17 in the Old County Building caused extensive damage and will force the closure of the building Monday.
The Old County Building in Mount Clemens will remain closed until further notice following an Aprll 17 fire. The blaze caused extensive damage to the county's information services, which were based in the building, according to county officials. According to a story in the Macomb Daily, the building houses the Register of Deeds, the Finance Department, the IT Department, the Human Resources Department and the Facilities and Operations Department. These departments have been relocated to due to the blaze. "We are hopeful to have full services restored by the end of this week," said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel, in a release. "We ask the public to be patient with us as we relocate and restore our IT, internet and phone systems. …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Students from L'Anse Creuse Middle School South joined Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel to remove trash along Jefferson, have a little fun and kick off the Adopt-A-County Road Program.
Nearly 50 L'Anse Creuse Middle School South students took to Jefferson Tuesday to remove trash along Jefferson and help Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel kick off the Adopt-A-County Road Program. The students were also joined by school and local officials in the program "which encourages residents, businesses and other organizations of Macomb County to clean up local roadways and enhance the area’s curb appeal," according to a release. Officials hope residents, businesses and organizations reach a goal of having 1,000 miles of county roadway adopted. For more information about the program, or to adopt a road, visit the 1,000 Mile Challenge website.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning to have one lane of traffic open on I-94 this weekend between I-696 and Masonic, which will be followed by a traffic shift starting Monday.
The $20 million I-94 resurfacing project in Macomb County moves into a new phase this weekend as construction crews will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction between I-696 and Masonic Blvd. Saturday and Sunday. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, the lane restrictions will run from 5 a.m. Saturday through 5 a.m. Monday, weather permitting. Crews will paint stripes for a traffic shift, and by 8 p.m. Sunday, both directions of I-94 will have three lanes open with traffic shifted to the right. Reduced speeds will be posted. Additionally, the eastbound I-696 ramp to eastbound I-94, and the westbound I-94 exit ramp to and entrance ramp from 12 Mile Road, will be closed during the weekend. Starting Monday, traffic on …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Selfridge Air National Guard Base will test emergency sirens Thursday.
The 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base will conduct a series of tests of emergency sirens at the facility Thursday as part of a tornado drill on the base. These tests will take place throughout the day, and are part of on-going tests, drills and exercises "to maintain a high degree of readiness to respond to both military requirements and to be able to respond to natural disasters both on and off the base," according to a release.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Macomb County Office of Emergency Management offers safety tips residents and business owners for Severe Weather Awareness Week.
The state has designated April 7-13 as Severe Weather Awareness Week and the Macomb County Office of Emergency Management is offering tips for residents to be prepared for hazardous weather. “There’s no way to know exactly where severe weather will strike, and when it does come your way, you may not have much time to get ready,” said Vicky Wolber, Macomb County Emergency Management director, said in a release. “The best defense against severe weather is to be prepared and know how to react to protect yourself and your loved ones.” The county urges residents, businesses and government agencies to prepare by becoming aware of emergency alert signals, develop a plan of action and practice emergency response procedures while learning about …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Flights at community events and the 2013 Thunderbirds' season have been canceled, according to the U.S. Air Force.
Detroit Tigers fans can keep their eyes on the field Friday during opening day. That's because Selfridge Air National Guard Base will not be participating this year in the annual flyover at Comerica Park. Potential federal sequester cuts have not only affected the beloved baseball flyover, they have also grounded goodwill flights during community events, including parades, trade shows, F-22 demonstration flights and more for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year, according to the U.S. Air Force. "Given the current federal budget environment, the Air Force has stopped all aviation support to community events, to include our traditional fly-over of the Tigers' home opener," Technical Sgt. Dan Heaton, 127th Wing spokesman at Selfridge Air …