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The lasting benefits

April 22, 2015 We firmly believe that the May 5th ballot proposal is beneficial to Michigan. Michigan’s drivers are paying significant taxes at the pump. more »»

Snyder, Legislature take different routes on fee hikes

April 20, 2015 LANSING — As part of his budget proposal, Gov. Rick Snyder asked the Legislature for new, increased or extended fees that would raise around $13.9 million in new revenue. more »»

The ‘new’ Hillary Clinton

April 17, 2015 In the video announcing her presidential candidacy, Hillary Clinton says the economic deck “is still stacked in favor of those at the top. more »»

Four ways the surging dollar rattles world economies, markets

April 16, 2015 WASHINGTON — The U.S. dollar hasn’t been on a roll like this since Ronald Reagan sat in the White House and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” ruled the box office. more »»

Households would pay $474 more in taxes under road plan

April 13, 2015 LANSING — The state sales tax would go up a penny on the dollar. The gasoline tax would rise with inflation, likely more. The annual vehicle registration tax would be higher. more »»

How taxes would be raised

April 13, 2015 By The Associated Press How taxes would increase and be spent if Michigan voters approve Proposal 1, the road funding measure on the May 5 ballot: REVENUE CHANGES — Increasing the sales tax from 6... more »»

Rich owe you a thank you

April 10, 2015 This tax season, America’s billionaires are toasting you, the ordinary taxpayer. more »»

Paul won’t spell out abortion ban exceptions

April 9, 2015 NASHUA, N.H. — Kentucky Se. more »»

Can phone companies do more to block robocalls?

April 8, 2015 WASHINGTON — Jeri Vargas put her elderly mother on the “Do Not Call” list years ag. more »»

5 things to know about robocalls

April 8, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has been asked to look into the issue of robocalls, the automated phone messages favored by political campaigns, charities and scammer. more »»

Walking away isn’t an option

April 7, 2015 Imagine the Washington agency tasked with helping our veterans telling someone to “go away and never come back.” Unbelievable, right? But that is what one Vietnam veteran was told by the VA in 1967. more »»

Most of $1.2 billion in new funds would go to county, city roads

April 6, 2015 LANSING — If voters agree to raise taxes for Michigan’s deteriorating road and bridge system, 61 cents of every dollar would go to local agencies that say the money could gradually restore roads to... more »»

Governor in a political firestorm over Indiana law

April 3, 2015 WASHINGTON — Just a week ago, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was considered one of the few Republican presidential prospects who could unite the GOP’s business wing with religious conservatives. more »»

Entrance fees rising in some national parks

April 2, 2015 WASHINGTON — Be prepared to pay a bit more if you’re headed to some national parks and recreation areas this summer. more »»

Variety of fee increases in store for park visitors

April 2, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service has proposed or enacted fee increases that will be used to make a dent in an estimated $11. more »»

Early states in presidential primary may be losing clout

April 1, 2015 NASHUA, N.H. — Few states have shaped presidential politics like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. more »»

Clinton email dustup latest in ‘delete, erase’ era of government

March 31, 2015 WASHINGTON — In the never-ending quest to preserve the government’s history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction. more »»

Expelled from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

March 30, 2015 OMAHA, Neb.— The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through faded photos that fill boxes spread across the dining table. Friends linked arm-in-arm on a Cuban beac. more »»

Watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex party charges

March 27, 2015 By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal watchdog on Thursday faulted the Drug Enforcement Administration over allegations that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes on... more »»

Obama ready to sign bill on Medicare doctor fees

March 26, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Wednesday he’s ready to sign “good, bipartisan” legislation protecting physicians from steep cuts in Medicare reimbursements and bolstering health programs... more »»

Cruz wants to scrap IRS; that’s easier said than done

March 25, 2015 WASHINGTON — Promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service is a good talking point for political candidates who are looking to fire up the Republicans’ most conservative voters. more »»



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April 22, 2015 Why isn’t dental work more advanced? Shouldn’t they be able to scan your teeth and make 3-D crowns on the spot? Why can’t they make the drilling easier, quicker and more pain-free? And why isn’t... more »

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