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Karoub Report – August 2019

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: August 20, 2019

Alleging that Attorney General Dana Nessel is trying to “usurp the lawmaking power of her office,” some members of the Michigan Legislature are asking to intervene in Enbridge’s lawsuit against her. A lawsuit was filed by Enbridge in June, seeking to enforce its Line 5 Tunnel agreement with the state; Nessel has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, joining more than a dozen states charging a new rule denying green cards to legal immigrants who use public assistance, or might use it, is unconstitutional; House Bills 4824 and 4825, if passed and signed into law, would create a sales tax holiday for parents and teachers who wouldn’t pay the 6 percent sales tax on back-to-school pens, glue sticks, clothing and computers under $1,000 on the third Saturday in August; In recent comments on WJR, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) said there will be no government shutdown because “there is no reason for it.” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had suggested that a continuation budget be prepared in case budget negotiations go beyond Oct. 1–the start of the next fiscal year, but Shirkey said legislative leaders are making “good progress on the budget and some creative ways to address roads.”; and over a dozen Republicans have filed suit in U.S. District Court’s Western Division against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson seeking to stop the state’s new citizen redistricting commission and invalidate Proposal 2. For more information on these and other legislative issues, please click on the August 2019 Karoub Report below.

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