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Karoub Report – August 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: August 23, 2018

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer have their lieutenant governor running mates. Schuette tapped former state representative and Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons and Whitmer named Garlin Gilchrist II of Detroit as her running mate; Schuette is calling for a minimum of three televised debates and Whitmer agreed; Gov. Rick Snyder has announced new plans that would provide universal access to highspeed internet for every Michigan resident, business, region and community; Governor Snyder’s administration is recommending sales tax collected from online retailers outside of Michigan – more than $200 million – be spent to fix roads; Plans are underway for the state to close the Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County on Dec. 1, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC). Two other prisons have been closed in the past two years – Pugsley Correctional Facility in Grand Traverse County and the West Shoreline Correctional Facility in Muskegon County; U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain has issued a permanent injunction stopping the state from enacting Public Act (PA) 268 which eliminated the option of straight-ticket voting in the foreseeable future for Michigan voters; and in affirming a lower court’s ruling, the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) ruled the Ann Arbor and Clio school districts’ ban on anyone bringing a weapon into a school building will stand. For more information on these and other legislative issues, click on the August 2018 Karoub Report below.

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