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…
Friday, April 12, 2013
Water rescue team was proposed earlier this year in response to recent drownings in the community.
The Fenton Township Board of Trustees recently approved the formation of a dive rescue team. The team, which will serve as first responders to water rescue, was approved at the board's meeting on Monday night, according to an article at mlive.com. A water rescue team was proposed by Fire Chief Ryan Volz earlier this year in response to the July 2012 drownings of Fenton resident West Frescura, 11, who was playing in Marl Lake when he disappeared into the water, and a 25-year-old Flat Rock man who jumped off a boat into Lake Fenton and did not resurface. Six Fenton Township firefighters will form the rescue team and will begin training within the next two weeks, the article states.
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 …
The Michigan Democrat 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-MI, 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 …
The funding from the Flint-based C.S. Mott Foundation will help sustain summer youth programs.
The Genesee Area Focus Fund has received an $850,000 grant that will help sustain summer youth programs. The funding from the Flint-based C.S. Mott Foundation will "enable the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce to continue to develop and implement summer programs that provide education and employment opportunities for Flint area youth," according to mlive.com. The Genesee Area Focus Fund operates several programs for the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. "The Genesee Area Focus Fund’s purpose is to receive and administer funds dedicated to improving the economy and quality of life of the people of Genesee County," its website says.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Find out when you can get to work in the garden and what you need to know about collection.
Spring brings sunshine, twittering robins, bursting buds, flowers poking up through the soil and lots of cleanup in the yard. Fortunately, Fenton's yard waste program begins Monday, April 8, and continues through the last week of November, according to the city's website. "Yard Waste Tags are $.50 each and must be affixed to 32 gallon trash cans to store yard waste, or, affixed to the regular yard waste bags," according to the website. Call Fenton City Hall at 810-629-2261 for more information. [When will you get to work in the garden, Fenton? Leave a comment!]
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Teenagers with a temporary driver's 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 Fenton Patch Facebook page were asked about their thoughts of law. …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Art Luna, political director of Region 1C of the United Auto Workers, will speak at the group's Wednesday, March 27, meeting.
The Michigan Department of Transportation offers a quick, simple way to sign up for construction news, traffic alerts and news releases.
Sunday, March 24
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is offering a quick and simple way to sign up for construction news, traffic alerts and news releases from the department. Signing up is free and easy. Just click on the red "Sign up for e-mail from MDOT" envelope icon on the home page of the MDOT Web site. GovDelivery subscribers will be able to manage their subscriptions and sign up to receive messages on a wide range of topics, including Aeronautics news, information for contractors, and traffic alerts for major highways. You can unsubscribe or make changes in your preferences anytime. You also can sign up to get the information delivered to your computer or smartphone via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook or text alert. If you already are a …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The proposal follows two drownings last year in the community.
The Fenton Township Board is considering the formation of a dive rescue team, following two drownings last year in the community. Fire Chief Ryan Volz proposed Monday during the Fenton Township Board meeting that six firefighters be certified in open water diving, underwater navigation, low visibility-night diving and stress-rescue diving, according to mlive.com. Volunteers working as part of the Fenton Township Fire Department would form the dive rescue team, LakeFenton.com says. The chief's proposal follows the July drownings of Fenton resident West Frescura, 11, who was playing in Marl Lake when he disappeared into the water, and a 25-year-old Flat Rock man who jumped off a boat into Lake Fenton and did not resurface. The Township Board…