Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Marketplace Fairness Act was approved this week in the U.S. Senate, and is headed to the Republican-controlled U.S. House for consideration. Both Michigan's senators voted for the bill, which would require merchants to collect state taxes on internet
Michigan's U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, voted in support of a bill that requires merchants to collect state sales taxes for online purchases. The Marketplace Fairness Act passed the U.S. Senate 69-27 on Monday. Next up, the legislation goes to the GOP-led House. President Barack Obama has previously said he supports the bill. Supporters say the bill would level the paying field for traditional local retailers and collect much needed tax revenue for state. Opponents, including anti-tax activists and retailers, say it will be overly burdensome on small businesses and would effectively result in a tax increase. Neither Levin nor Stabenow issued public statements after Monday's vote explaining their support of the…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The informal coffee meet starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, just before the council meeting.
If you're seeking knowledge on happenings in the Clawson, you won't want to miss the city council meeting at 7:30 tonight. An informal coffee is scheduled at 7 p.m., in the city hall community room, just before the meeting. If you're interested in participating, visit the city council chambers and be sure to read the guidelines for the public that are on the agenda (PDF). Streaming video and replays of meetings can be found on municipal cable—be sure to check the city's website for the schedule. Here's a look at what's on the agenda: City Hall is located at 425 N. Main St. in Clawson. For more information, call (248) 435-4500.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The 14th District Congressman says voices 'from every corner of Michigan' encouraged him to run for retiring Sen. Carl Levin's seat.
FARMINGTON — With a nod to retiring U.S. Senator Carl Levin, 14th District Congressman Gary Peters announced in a Wednesday morning email to supporters that he will run for Levin's seat. Praising Levin as "the best of what it means to be a true public servant," Peters said that supporters around the state asked him to consider running for the senior Senator's seat. "Following Carl’s decision, I have been humbled by the voices from every corner of Michigan who have enthusiastically encouraged me to run for the U.S. Senate," he wrote. "This is a critical time for Michigan, and our main streets and middle class need an independent voice fighting for them." He said his independent approach "is exactly what Michigan needs in the Senate right …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
April 30, 2013, marks the 38th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and the Fall of Saigon.
Saturday, April 27
The following information was provided in a press release - edited Saturday, Apr. 27 at 6:20 p.m. State Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, this week introduced a resolution to declare April 24-30, 2013, as Black April Memorial Week in the state of Michigan. The resolution was co-sponsored by eighteen other representatives and was passed on a voice vote. April 30, 2013, marks the 38th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and the Fall of Saigon. Howrylak was joined at the Capitol by the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan and their president Mr. Vinh Duong. Participants included many members of local communities from Holland, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Detroit. Other attendees were members of Thu Duc Military Academy …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The city asks residents to get outside, plant and care for a tree this weekend.
What's your favorite tree in Clawson? Do you have one in particular that you like to sit underneath for some shade, or perhaps one that you swung from on an old tire? Arbor Day is on Friday, April 26. The city asks residents to celebrate on Saturday, April 27, by planting or caring for trees. Clawson has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 23 years, an ongoing testament to the value that local officials and residents place on trees and woodlands in town. Although most of the benefits of trees are common knowledge — from beautifying available real estate to providing resources to aiding natural processes — here are some quick facts you may not know about the celebration. The following information comes from a…
Monday, April 15, 2013
Attention tax day procrastinators! Here's what you need to know.
Today is income tax deadline day and all federal and state paper returns must be postmarked April 15. If you are planning on meeting the deadline head-on, you should know that the Livernois Road location in Troy will be open until 7 p.m. And don't forget, according to the federal post office, if an item isn't turned in by closing time, it won't be postmarked for that day. You don't want to start accumulating interest and penalties! For a list of free options to e-file your return go to IRS.gov. If you find you need more time to file your tax returns, you can get an automatic six-month extension from the IRS. Here are five things you need to know about filing an extension, according to IRS.gov. Visit the IRS website at IRS.gov for more …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The next hearing, on the topic of mental illness, will be held April 23.
Sunday, April 14
The broadcast of an April 9 Oakland County Board of Commissioners hearing focused on curbing gun violence is now available for viewing on the county's website. Commissioners welcomed top federal and state law officials to share their views at a Public Services Committee meeting. [What do you think the solution to gun violence is? Leave a comment!] To watch, visit oakland.michiganliveevents.com/oakgov.com and forward to 16:25. The next hearing, on the topic of mental health, will be held April 23. A hearing on the topic of the Second Amendment will be held May 14.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Flights at community events and the 2013 Thunderbirds' season have been canceled, according to the U.S. Air Force.
Detroit Tigers fans can keep their eyes on the field Friday during opening day. That's because Selfridge Air National Guard Base will not be participating this year in the annual flyover at Comerica Park. Potential federal sequester cuts have not only affected the beloved baseball flyover, they have also grounded goodwill flights during community events, including parades, trade shows, F-22 demonstration flights and more for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year, according to the U.S. Air Force. "Given the current federal budget environment, the Air Force has stopped all aviation support to community events, to include our traditional fly-over of the Tigers' home opener," Technical Sgt. Dan Heaton, 127th Wing spokesman at Selfridge Air …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Sen. Carl Levin (D) talks about bipartisanship, budget and more during a visit to residents at Fox Run senior living community in Novi on Wednesday.
U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D) brought good news and bad news to about 200 residents gathered at Fox Run senior living community in Novi on Wednesday. "The good news is that after about three years, the United States Senate has adopted a budget," he said. "The bad news is that the House of Representatives has also adopted a budget." Levin said both sides will have to come to an agreement on the final budget, which reaches out as far as 10 years. The key issue is the deficit. While the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate agree on the need for reducing it, he said, they differ widely in how to accomplish that goal. "The Republican approach is you simply cut spending on every domestic program," he said, adding the only…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Teens with a temporary drivers permit, or a level 1 or 2 graduated license, will be prohibited from using a cell phone while driving a car under a law that takes effect Thursday.
A new Michigan law, known as "Kelsey's Law" which prohibits teen drivers from using a cell phone while driving a car, goes into to effect Thursday. According to the bill signed into law earlier this year, if any driver with a temporary drivers permit or a level 1 or 2 graduated license - meaning any driver under the age of 17 - is stopped for a moving violation, he or she could be cited with a civil infraction for using a cell phone. Because the violation is a civil infraction, local municipalities will determine the fine. The legislation was named for a 17-year-old Sault Ste. Marie girl who died in a car crash in 2010 while she was using her cell phone. Readers of the Clawson Patch Facebook page were asked about their thoughts of law. …