income tax http://michiganradio.org en Judge rules Grand Rapids can put income tax hike extension on May ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-rules-grand-rapids-can-put-income-tax-hike-extension-may-ballot <p>A Kent County judge says Grand Rapids can ask voters in May to approve an income tax extension.</p><p>At issue is a temporary income tax hike that's set to expire in July 2015. The city <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-considers-extending-income-tax-hike-pay-road-improvements">wants to extend the tax an additional 15 years </a>to pay for road improvements.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:43:34 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16923 at http://michiganradio.org Judge rules Grand Rapids can put income tax hike extension on May ballot If Michigan legislators cared, they would end their tax hike on the poor http://michiganradio.org/post/if-michigan-legislators-cared-they-would-end-their-tax-hike-poor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an apparent attempt to pander to voters, the Michigan Legislature is rushing to pass an election year income tax cut. This is a little baffling, because the voters don’t want one.</span></p><p>The state has a budget surplus – on paper, anyway – of a little less than a billion dollars. Two weeks ago, <a href="http://www.epicmra.com/press/EPIC-MRA_Polling_Memo_Feb2014.pdf">an EPIC-MRA poll</a> found only 11% of the voters thought a tax cut was a good idea. The rest were divided about evenly between those who wanted it to go to schools and those who want it to go to our roads. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:33:53 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16655 at http://michiganradio.org If Michigan legislators cared, they would end their tax hike on the poor Detroiters need jobs and Detroit needs taxpayers http://michiganradio.org/post/detroiters-need-jobs-and-detroit-needs-taxpayers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To successfully emerge from bankruptcy, Detroit has to find ways to cut spending and increase revenue. But that’s not going to be easy when so many Detroit residents are struggling just to get by.</span></p><p>No matter how well bankruptcy goes for Detroit, the city is going nowhere if most of its residents are broke and without jobs.</p><p>No jobs mean no income taxes for the city.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 16234 at http://michiganradio.org Detroiters need jobs and Detroit needs taxpayers Grand Rapids considers extending income tax hike to pay for road improvements http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-considers-extending-income-tax-hike-pay-road-improvements <p>Voters in Grand Rapids could get a chance to vote on an income tax extension this year. The city wants to extend a temporary income tax hike to maintain roads and sidewalks.</p><p>Grand Rapids voters approved the temporary income tax hike in 2010. It’s paid for a number of projects that will lower the overall cost of running city government. That increase will expire in 2015.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:20:48 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15916 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids considers extending income tax hike to pay for road improvements Benton Harbor leaders at odds over proposed income tax; voters decide Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-leaders-odds-over-proposed-income-tax-voters-decide-tuesday <p>A southwest Michigan city under state control will decide whether to impose a new city income tax in Tuesday's election. An emergency manager has been running <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/benton-harbor">Benton Harbor </a>since March 2010.</p><p>If the proposal passes, people who live or work in Benton Harbor will pay a small percentage of their income to the city government. More than <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,4676,7-238-43715-153955--F,00.html">20 other Michigan cities have an income tax.</a></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:38:22 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15104 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor leaders at odds over proposed income tax; voters decide Tuesday If Benton Harbor voters approve income tax, manager would pay down pension liabilities http://michiganradio.org/post/if-benton-harbor-voters-approve-income-tax-manager-would-pay-down-pension-liabilities <p>Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Tony Saunders is breaking months of silence on a proposed city income tax. Saunders says he has some <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-leaders-have-more-convincing-do-income-tax-proposal">concerns about the proposal. </a></p><p>“I want to make sure we have a strong climate for business investment here. Also, you know this is one of the poorest cities in Michigan, so the last thing I want to see is our citizens being taxed once again when they’re already struggling to make ends meet,” Saunders said.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14884 at http://michiganradio.org If Benton Harbor voters approve income tax, manager would pay down pension liabilities Flint looks to collect unpaid city income taxes http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-looks-collect-unpaid-city-income-taxes <p>The city of Flint may have found about a million dollars in uncollected tax revenue.</p><p></p><p>Flint Emergency Manager Mike Brown says a check of tax records shows about six thousand Flint residents paid state income taxes last year, but didn’t pay the city income tax.</p><p></p><p>“Obviously, this is unfair to those folks who do pay their taxes in this city,” says Brown, “We just want to make sure that folks who are working here are filing income tax.”</p><p></p><p>Flint could use the extra cash.</p><p></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 04:03:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13888 at http://michiganradio.org Flint looks to collect unpaid city income taxes 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 In this morning's news: Jenkins replaces Pugh, income tax bill, Orr meets with creditors http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-jenkins-replaces-pugh-income-tax-bill-orr-meets-creditors <p><strong>Saunteel</strong> <strong>Jenkins replaces Charles Pugh as Detroit City Council President</strong></p><p>"Saunteel Jenkins is the new President of the Detroit City Council. The Council voted on new leadership after it lost its two former top officials. Jenkins replaces Charles Pugh, who has vanished from the public eye amidst allegations of a questionable relationship with a teenager," Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-elects-new-leaders">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Proposed legislation would let voters eliminate income tax</strong></p><p>Republican state Representative Bob Genetski is sponsoring legislation that would let voters decide whether to get rid of the state's income tax.<br><br>"He supports raising the state’s sale’s tax to make up for the lost revenue. Former director of the state House Fiscal Agency Mitch Bean says the plan would leave an $8.5 billion dollar hole in next year’s state budget," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Orr cancels bus tour with creditors </strong></p><p>Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has canceled a planned bus tour meant to convince Wall Street creditors that the city's condition is dire and they should accept big losses on its debt.<br><br>"Orr says the tour could be rescheduled. But it increasingly seems that his negotiations with creditors are hitting a wall. City Council member Ken Cockrel echoes what many think--that resistance from creditors is speeding up Detroit’s timeline for a possible bankruptcy filing," Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:53:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13454 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Jenkins replaces Pugh, income tax bill, Orr meets with creditors After 3 years with an emergency manager, Benton Harbor considers an income tax http://michiganradio.org/post/after-3-years-emergency-manager-benton-harbor-considers-income-tax <p>The city of Benton Harbor has been under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager for more than three years. Now some elected leaders in the state’s poorest city are proposing a new way to raise revenue.</p><p>Benton Harbor has <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-emergency-manager-predicting-budget-surplus-horizon">done a lot to try to get out of debt</a>; laid off workers, combined the police and fire departments, restructured its loans. But City Commissioner Trenton Bowens is convinced the city of roughly 10,000 people needs a citywide income tax.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:35:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13388 at http://michiganradio.org After 3 years with an emergency manager, Benton Harbor considers an income tax Flint telling people who haven't paid their city income tax: Pay Up Now http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-telling-people-who-havent-paid-their-city-income-tax-pay-now <p>The city of Flint is hoping to collect some unpaid city income taxes. The money could help reduce Flint’s crushing budget deficit.</p><p></p><p>The city of Flint is struggling to reduce its $19 million budget deficit.</p><p></p><p>To chip away at part of that, city officials plan to pressure people who haven’t paid their city income taxes for a while.</p><p></p><p>The city estimates that it’s owed between $300,000 and $400,000 in unpaid income taxes for just 2010.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 05:23:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 11590 at http://michiganradio.org Flint telling people who haven't paid their city income tax: Pay Up Now Stateside: Changes to tax refunds may come as a surprise to some http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-changes-tax-refunds-may-come-surprise-some <p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>For those who have not yet completed your 2012 tax returns- brace yourselves.</p><p>In 2011 Governor Snyder signed a tax overhaul package that included $1.4 billion&nbsp; in additional income taxes and $1.7 billion in business tax cuts. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:40:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10991 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Changes to tax refunds may come as a surprise to some State lawmaker may push for higher city income tax rates in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmaker-may-push-higher-city-income-tax-rates-michigan <p>Some Michigan cities that collect an income tax might soon see a revenue boost.</p><p></p><p>A state lawmaker wants to increase the tax rate cities can charge.</p><p></p><p>State representative Andy Schor is looking at lifting the current state cap on city income tax rates. &nbsp;&nbsp;Four cities (Detroit, Grand Rapids, Saginaw and Highland Park) are already allowed to collect more than the 1% limit on city residents and &nbsp;.5% on non-city residents.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:16:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10867 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmaker may push for higher city income tax rates in Michigan Detroit attempts to increase revenue with income tax amnesty plan http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-attempts-increase-revenue-income-tax-amnesty-plan <p>On Tuesday, the city of Detroit will begin an income tax amnesty program in an attempt to recoup lost revenue.</p><p>The program will allow individuals and companies to pay off outstanding debts without penalty if done so before February 16.</p><p>Matt Helms of the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130116/NEWS01/130116048/Bing-announces-tax-amnesty-plan-encourage-deadbeats-pay-up">has more</a>:</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:55:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10829 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit attempts to increase revenue with income tax amnesty plan Grand Rapids Fire Department deploys new breed of fire trucks http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-fire-department-deploys-new-breed-fire-trucks <p>The so-called quick response vehicles are a cross between a four-wheel-drive SUV used to respond to medical emergencies, and fire engines with all the equipment to put out fires.</p><p>Grand Rapids’ Deputy Fire Chief Frank Verburg says the department will deploy three of the quick response vehicles for now. They have a 300-gallon water tank and&nbsp;a small fire suppression foam system.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:04:08 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10544 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Fire Department deploys new breed of fire trucks Income tax rollback clears first legislative hurdle http://michiganradio.org/post/income-tax-rollback-clears-first-legislative-hurdle <p>A state House committee today approved speeding up an income tax break for Michigan taxpayers. Wed, 30 May 2012 17:50:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 7677 at http://michiganradio.org Income tax rollback clears first legislative hurdle In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-267 <p><strong>Mackinac Policy Conference kicks off today</strong></p><p>The annual Mackinac Policy Conference gets underway today on Mackinac Island. The conference is sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber and has been taking place since 1981. It&#39;s a place where policy makers, politicians, and business and thought leaders get together to discuss ideas and policies that could shape Michigan&#39;s future.</p><p>Conference organizers hope to &quot;spur a comprehensive dialogue on innovation, collaboration and the 21st century global market&quot; at this year&#39;s conference.</p><p>If you feel compelled to tweet about the event this week, the hashtag for the conference is #mpc12.</p><p>Michigan Governor Snyder will deliver welcoming comments today at 3:30 p.m.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Zoe Clark and MPRN&#39;s Rick Pluta will bring us updates from the conference. You can also watch online coverage of the event sponsored by <a href="http://mivote.org/2012/05/mackinac-policy-conference-2012-broadcast-schedule/">Detroit Public Television</a>.</p><p><strong>Update on wildfires in the Upper Peninsula</strong></p><p>The AP reports that the 3,400-acre Pine Creek North wildfire in Schoolcraft County is mostly contained:</p><blockquote><p>Officials say some crews are leaving the area as mop-up operations continue. Firefighters on Tuesday planned to patrol the perimeter of the fire looking for hot spots.</p><p>The wildfire was ignited by lightning and first reported on May 21.</p></blockquote><p>However, the Duck Lake Fire continues to burn. More from <a href="http://www.turnto23.com/news/31124044/detail.html">CNN wire services</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The Duck Lake Fire has burned more than 22,000 acres and is still going despite recent rains, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported on its website.The state agency estimated Monday the blaze is about 51% contained, thanks to progress made by firefighters in maintaining a firm perimeter.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Moving up income tax cut called a &quot;gimmick&quot;</strong></p><p>The Michigan House of Representatives will begin taking up plans today to move a planned income tax cut up by a few months.</p><p>The tax rate will drop from 4.35 percent to 4.25 percent next January. The <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120529/POLITICS02/205290351/1361/rss41">Associated Press</a> reports Michigan House Republicans want to start the tax cut in October 2012.</p><blockquote><p>House Republican Speaker Jase Bolger wants to return $90 million from a budget surplus to taxpayers. The tax rate would drop from 4.35 percent to 4.25 percent.</p><p>The Michigan League for Human Services says the move is an election-year gimmick. It says the money would be better spent offering preschool or dental care to low-income children.</p><p>Democrats say tax changes passed last year by GOP lawmakers will require that individuals pay $1.4 billion more in taxes next year. They say the $90 million cut is insufficient. Tue, 29 May 2012 14:20:43 +0000 Mark Brush 7659 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... Debate on moving up a state income tax cut begins today http://michiganradio.org/post/debate-moving-state-income-tax-cut-begins-today <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan House plans to begin consideration of measures moving up an income tax cut from January to October and increasing how much income someone can earn before taxes kick in. Tue, 29 May 2012 10:30:58 +0000 The Associated Press 7648 at http://michiganradio.org Debate on moving up a state income tax cut begins today Tax Time http://michiganradio.org/post/tax-time <p>The clock is ticking if you haven&rsquo;t filed your state and federal income tax returns.&nbsp;&nbsp; But there&rsquo;s still time.</p><p>April 15th is usually the day taxpayers must file their income tax forms by.</p><p>But since April 15th fell on a Sunday this year, and because of a Washington D.C.&nbsp; holiday (Emancipation Day) falls on April 16th, the Internal Revenue Service decided to make April 17th the deadline for this year.</p><p>Caleb Buhs is with the Michigan Treasury Department.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He says most of the returns filed this year have received refunds.</p> Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7038 at http://michiganradio.org Tax Time