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Karoub Report – February 2021

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: February 25, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is seeking a $28 million increase in state fees for services that state officials say have not been raised in many years. Officials say most of the 140 fees for state services are needed to help pay for the staff who deliver the services; Whitmer signed an executive order that temporarily suspends restrictions on commercial driver hours to allow the immediate delivery of energy to homes and businesses; House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) told the House Elections and Ethics Committee that his HJR A would require a two-thirds majority vote for bills to pass in lame duck; Increasing access to Michigan’s Earned Income Tax Credit and expanding the Great Start Readiness program were just a couple of the 35 recommendations put forth by Governor Whitmer’s Task Force on Poverty; Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said an audit of Michigan’s electoral process affirmed the state’s vote-counting machines are accurate and that Joe Biden won the state’s November 3rd presidential election; U.S. District Judge Janet Neff held a pre-motion conference last week, where both sides told the court that they will file briefs seeking to dismiss the other’s lawsuit based on failure to state claim over the Governor’s decision to revoke the 1953 easement agreement allowing the operation of the Line 5 dual pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac; After an investigation into whether the Michigan House violated COVID-19 workplace safety regulations, MIOSHA “strongly” recommended lawmakers wear face masks within 6 feet of staff and by all people during in-person interactions where employees are present. However, no fines were levied; In the ten days of legal online gambling and online sports betting in Michigan gross receipts totaled $29.4 million.

For more information on these and other legislative items, please click on the February 2021 Karoub Report below.

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