Capital News Service Budget – Jan. 23, 2015
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$25000BUCK: The Court of Appeals has ordered a Crawford County judge to reconsider whether a man imprisoned for poaching a 21-point buck at an upscale hunting ranch in Grayling must pay $25,000 restitution to the ranch that owned the trophy deer. The court did uphold the conviction and 13-month-to-15-year sentence in the case. By Eric Freedman. FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, CADILLAC, LUDINGTON, ALPENA, CHEBOYGAN, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, HOLLAND, GREENVILLE & ALL POINTS.
w/$25000BUCKPHOTO: Convicted poacher John Baker Jr. Credit: Department of Corrections.
STATESURPLUS: Whether it’s a used van with a wheelchair lift from the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette or clothing left behind at Michigan airports, the items are up for sale on MiBid, an Internet auction site overseen by Michigan’s State Surplus program, which brought in $1.5 million in 2012-13. A recent report from the Auditor General’s Office criticized the program for not doing well enough in tracking items that pass through its hands. We also talk to the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and the president of the Flint medical transportation company that bought the van. By Perry Parks. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE & ALL POINTS.
w/STATESURPLUSPHOTO: Marquette’s D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans sold this surplus 2006 Chevy Express 3500 LS van on MiBid for $10,177. Credit: MiBid
DNAPROFILING: New legislation expanding the number of suspects required to submit a DNA sample upon arrest will become effective July 1. Is the potential to solve more cases and keep up with evolving technology worth the invasion of privacy? We talk to Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, Shelli Weisberg of the American Civil Liberties Union and Lt. Chris Barsheff of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office. By Cheyna Roth FOR TRAVERSE CITY, HOLLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE, BIG RAPIDS, HERALD REVIEW, LAKE COUNTY & ALL POINTS.
ONLINESALESTAX: New legislation requires online retailers with physical presence in Michigan to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax. Proponents of the legislation, including many business owners, believe this will allow local businesses to compete more fairly with online retailers. The legislation also captures tens of millions of dollars in new revenue for the state. By Collin Krizmanich. FOR ALPENA, CADILLAC, ALCONA, CRAWFORD COUNTY, TRAVERSE CITY, MANISTEE, LAKE COUNTY, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGEN, HARBOR SPRINGS, ST. IGNACE, GLADWIN, LUDINGTON, BIG RAPIDS AND ALL POINTS.
YOUNGEXODUS: While much of the state is losing its young and educated resident to neighboring states, the Greater Grand Rapids region is starting to see a reversal in the trend. According to 2013 census data, Michigan recorded a statewide loss of 3.5 percent of people aged 22 to 34 with a bachelor’s degree. While the data shows much of the state following this trend, a recent survey of the Greater Grand Rapids area tells a different story. By Caitlin McArthur. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON AND ALL POINTS
UNDERFUNDEDMANDATES: Michigan has continued to hand down unfunded and underfunded mandates to local governments since a 2010 report confirmed the state was not bearing its share of the lead. We talk to officials in affected counties of Kent, Ottawa and Marquette counties. Sen. Tom Casperson of Escanaba, plans to reintroduce legislation that would prevent unfunded mandates. By Elizabeth Ferguson. FOR HOLLAND, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS NEWS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
BLISSFIELDMUSEUM: The Tri-County Historical Museum board is continuing to push forward in its efforts to bring a new agriculture museum to the Blissfield area. Recently the board has secured land to place the museum on, and have moved to planning their fundraising stage of the project, with hope of starting the fundraising within the next few weeks and working through the year to raise the necessary $8 million. By Josh Thall. FOR BLISSFIELD AND ALL POINTS
w/BLISSFIELDMUSEUMPHOTO1: Up close look at some of the hundreds of farm toys from the collection acquired by the Tri-County Historical Museum, to be built in Blissfield. Photo courtesy of Pete Durbin.
w/BLISSFIELDMUSEUMPHOTO2: Hundreds of farm toys await display at the planned farm museum in Blissfield.
ONLINECLASSES: A recent survey of Michigan adults has named online course availability as an issue of interest in K-12 education. A 2013 law now requires schools to provide online options for their students, as well as detailing how they should be paid for and what options schools have in terms of venues for such programs. State school officials and local officials from Petoskey and Traverse City discuss the benefits of these courses, as well as what these new opportunities mean for students across the state. By Brooke Kansier. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LANSING CITY PULSE, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, CRAWFORD COUNTY, MANISTEE, CADILLAC AND ALL POINTS.