Progress Michigan http://michiganradio.org en House Speaker Bolger faces criticism over company's tax history http://michiganradio.org/post/house-speaker-bolger-faces-criticism-over-companys-tax-history <p>State House Speaker Jase Bolger is facing harsh criticism about his business record from a liberal advocacy group.</p><p>Progress Michigan released documents alleging Bolger’s company, Summit Credit Service, failed to pay more than $100,000 in taxes and fees between 1997 and 2000.</p><p>The papers include liens from the Michigan Treasury Department, the state Unemployment Agency, and the IRS.</p><p>Bolger’s spokesperson, Ari Adler, said all taxes and fees have been paid in full.</p><p>“All of these issues were addressed more than 10 years ago. And now Speaker Bolger and his partners have a successful small business that is employing people in Michigan,” Adler said.</p><p>The Speaker is currently under investigation by a grand jury for allegations of election fraud in a separate matter. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 21:11:35 +0000 Jake Neher 9334 at http://michiganradio.org House Speaker Bolger faces criticism over company's tax history Ann Arbor rally one of many against state budget http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-rally-one-many-against-state-budget <p><strong>Update 2:31 p.m.: </strong></p><p>A spokesperson from the Governor&rsquo;s office responded via email with the following:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The proposed budget and tax plan is based on fairness and preserving core safety net services &ndash; while improving and strengthening our economy so ALL can prosper and benefit.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><strong>2:06 p.m.:</strong></p><p>A handful of people gathered in Ann Arbor on Monday to speak against Governor Snyder&rsquo;s proposed budget for an event organized by <a href="http://progressmichigan.org/">Progress Michigan</a>, a progressive organization. The speakers included union representatives, city officials, and individuals.</p><p>Lois Richardson is Mayor Pro-Tem of Ypsilanti and voiced criticism of the budget. She says cuts to revenue sharing and historic tax credits will devastate Ypsilanti and other cities. Richardson says the changes will affect everyone in the state of Michigan, not just those who relied directly on the funding.</p><p>Brit Satchwell is the President of the Ann Arbor teacher&rsquo;s union. He says students will feel the cuts the most:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m a sixth grade math teacher and I&rsquo;m here to tell you, the kids don&rsquo;t get a makeover year. You don&rsquo;t get to do sixth grade again because the adults messed it up.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Satchwell also said school districts like Ann Arbor have already been cutting their budgets for the past few years.</p><p>This was one of several events held across the state in preparation for a protest scheduled for Wednesday at the Capitol.</p><p>-Bridget Bodnar, <em>Michigan Radio News</em></p><p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:31:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1640 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor rally one of many against state budget