state income tax http://michiganradio.org en Michigan files tax liens against CIA http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-files-tax-liens-against-cia <p>The Michigan Department of Treasury is going after the CIA for unpaid taxes. At least, that’s what newly uncovered documents would suggest.</p><p></p><p>Three tax liens were evidently filed by the Michigan Department of Treasury against the CIA between February 2012 and March of this year. They claim the agency did not pay state income taxes on behalf of an undisclosed number of CIA employees working in the state.</p><p></p><p>The documents were first reported by the Lansing State Journal.</p><p></p><p>Many questions still surround the tax assessments. Under state law, treasury officials cannot speak publicly about individual tax cases. The CIA would not talk on the record about the liens.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:09:12 +0000 Jake Neher 18370 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan files tax liens against CIA 5 things to know about Michigan Legislature in 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/5-things-know-about-michigan-legislature-2014 <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Legislature formally kicked off 2014 with no heavy lifting. But voting could occur this week, when lawmakers also gather to hear Governor Rick Snyder's annual State of the State speech.<br /><br />Budget work will dominate the first half of the year. Legislators have nearly $1 billion more to work with than expected, and one priority is spending more on road upkeep without raising taxes.<br /><br />Lawmakers also are talking up an election-year tax cut, perhaps in the state income tax.<br /> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:10:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15982 at http://michiganradio.org 5 things to know about Michigan Legislature in 2014 Stateside for Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-july-31st-2013 <p>The FBI has just completed a nationwide sweep resulting in the arrest of 150 pimps and the rescue of 105 children who had been forced into prostitution. We took a closer look at human trafficking in our state.</p><p>And, we spoke with Leigh Ann Ulrey, one of 30 college graduates to be selected for the Challenge Detroit program.</p><p>And, a new House bill could eliminate state income tax. State Representative Bob Genetski joined us to talk about why he thinks income tax is unnecessary.</p><p>Also, self-driving cars could be available to consumers within the next 2-3 years, according to Google. We found out what the future of transportation might look like.</p><p>First on the show, there was an important handshake this afternoon in Lansing.</p><p>UAW President Bob King shook hands with state government officials to officially launch the start of contract talks.</p><p>UAW Local 6000's contract with the state expires at the end of 2014.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">But the state needs to finalize the next contract by the end of this year in order to get it funded in next year's budget. Local 6000 represents 17,000 state employees.</span></p><p>Let's look at what the big issues might be in the negotiations.</p><p>Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing bureau chief, joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:16:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 13780 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 New bill could eliminate Michigan income tax http://michiganradio.org/post/new-bill-could-eliminate-michigan-income-tax <p>How would you like to say farewell to the state income tax?</p><p>State Representative Bob Genetski is a Republican from Saugatuck, and he thinks we should do just that.</p><p>He has introduced House Bill 4898, which Representative Genetski is calling the “Taxpayer Freedom Act,” and it would allow voters to decide whether to keep the state income tax or get rid of it.</p><p>Representative Bob Genetski joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:07:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 13778 at http://michiganradio.org New bill could eliminate Michigan income tax State lawmaker introduces plan to throw out state income tax http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmaker-introduces-plan-throw-out-state-income-tax <p>There’s a proposal in Lansing to throw out the state’s income tax. The bill would let voters decide whether to keep the tax or get rid of it.</p><p>Republican state Representative Bob Genetski&nbsp;(Allegan County) says he’s heard “a lot” of complaints from his constituents about having to pay state income taxes. That’s especially since the state stopped exempting pensions from the tax last year.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:15:09 +0000 Jake Neher 13458 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmaker introduces plan to throw out state income tax In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-144 <p><strong>Governor Snyder to listen for finance issues in Presidential inauguration </strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder says he’ll be listening for plans to fix the nation’s finances in President Obama’s second inaugural address today. He says bickering in Washington about the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling are delaying a more-robust economic recovery," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Changes in Michigan income taxes</strong></p><p>"Michigan income tax returns for 20-12 will look a lot different than last year. That's because a slew of deductions and credits have disappeared. Many retirees will have to pay taxes on their pensions. The state's homestead property tax credit will go away for many people. And there won't be a credit for college and tuition fees anymore," Rina Miller reports.</p><p><strong>A 26-year-old to replace Benton Harbor emergency manager</strong></p><p>"The incoming emergency financial manager for the City of Benton Harbor doesn’t start until February First, but he’s already working hard to create new relationships and get a complete picture of the city’s finances.&nbsp; Tony Saunders is 26. But he says people should consider his experience working in Detroit and Highland Park, not his age. Saunders replaces outgoing emergency manager Joe Harris," Lindsey Smith reports.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:05:04 +0000 Emily Fox 10861 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Snyder signs cut in Michigan income tax http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-signs-cut-michigan-income-tax <p>Governor Rick Snyder has signed a reduction in the state income tax.</p><p>Last year, Gov. Snyder and the Legislature delayed a reduction in the income tax rate to January 1 of 2013. This measure moves it up a little. Now, the rate will drop -- slightly -- to 4.25 percent on October first. There will also be an increase in the personal exemption.</p><p>Democrats say the tax relief offered is a pittance &ndash; about 50 cents a week &ndash; compared to the dozen tax breaks for working poor households, homeowners, and seniors on pensions that were eliminated last year as part of a Republican-led tax overhaul. That did not stop most from voting for the rollback. &nbsp;</p><p>Republican leaders say the economy &ndash; and, therefore, revenue &ndash; has improved enough for the state to afford a tax cut. It also happens to coincide with an election year. The two Republican sponsors of the tax rollback come from competitive districts. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:12:04 +0000 Rick Pluta 8089 at http://michiganradio.org Republican lawmakers push to cut Michigan income tax http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-lawmakers-push-cut-michigan-income-tax <p>A proposal at the state Capitol would cut the Michigan income tax rate to 3.9 percent over the next five years. Right now the rate is&nbsp;4.35 percent.</p><p>Republican state Senator Jack Brandenburg sponsored the measure. He said people in Michigan were promised the reduction during messy budget and tax deals made in 2007. Brandenburg said he told his Republican colleagues about his plan earlier this month.</p><p>&ldquo;At our caucus retreat, we were all asked to list our priorities, and I made it clear that this is one of my priorities,&rdquo; Brandenburg said.</p><p>He said an estimated $450 million budget surplus convinced him it&rsquo;s a good time to propose the rollback.</p><p>&ldquo;I wanted to wait to see what kind of surpluses we were having. One-tenth of a point represents &nbsp;$175 million,&rdquo; said Brandenburg</p><p>Republican Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville cautiously supports the proposal, but he said he&rsquo;s hesitant to spend money that could be added to the state&rsquo;s rainy day savings fund.</p><p>Democrats say surplus should be used to restore cuts made to K-12 schools and higher education. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:03:27 +0000 Laura Weber 5920 at http://michiganradio.org Republican lawmakers push to cut Michigan income tax Rolling the Dice http://michiganradio.org/post/rolling-dice <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-963848.mp3</p><p>We in the media have been paying a lot of attention to Governor Snyder&rsquo;s attempts to push his program through the legislature. Mostly, we&lsquo;ve been preoccupied with the mechanics.</p><p>Last week, we talked about his compromise on the pension tax. Soon, we&lsquo;ll be discussing what seems likely to be the governor&rsquo;s&nbsp; success at cutting spending for the schools. Occasionally, we remember to mention the reason for all this painful budget slashing.</p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 16:49:40 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2112 at http://michiganradio.org Rolling the Dice