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How Does Gov. Snyder Tax Thee? Let’s Count the Ways

It’s Tax Day in Michigan – the day that many of us will rush to our nearest post office or computer to file our taxes in time. The long lines, the news coverage and people dressed up like the Statue of Liberty urging us to give their tax service a try have become traditions each tax season.
But lately, things don’t feel the same for hardworking Michigan taxpayers. In the last few years, things have changed. Under Gov. Rick Snyder the average person pays more in state taxes. How you ask? Let’s count the ways.

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This Week in Progress

Happy Friday, Michigan! Welcome to another edition of This Week in Progress.
Let’s get started!
This week in PM blogging:
Reinventing “Reinventing Michigan”

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ThinkProgress: Lawmakers Take The ‘Minimum Wage Challenge’ To Eat Off A Reduced Budget For A Week

What's it like to live on the minimum wage in this day and age? Michigan state legislators are finding out just that this week as part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America. Here's ThinkProgress.org reporting in.

Milking the Vagina Business

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Democracy Watch: Bankruptcy Pivot Point

Curt Guyette, Investigative Reporter

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Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr sat on the witness stand last Thursday, trying to convince U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes that he’d bargained hard to get a good deal for the city, and had been prepared to file a lawsuit against two banks if they didn’t bend to his will.

And bend they did, he said.

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Big Government Brought to you by Proponents of Small Government

Last week, conservative lawmakers who regularly promise voters that they’re “creating a smaller, smarter state government” did the exact opposite and expanded government reach. The administration passed legislation allowing oil corporations to force private property owners to give them legal rights to their land in order to place carbon dioxide pipelines on their property, or be forced to go to court. The legislation also gives more tax breaks to oil companies.

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MomsRising & State Legislators Team Up to Shine A Light On The High Cost Of Low Wages & Benefits For Families

Today, as part of the National Week of Action, 12 state legislators are participating in a Blog Carnival sponsored by MomsRising. State legislators from across the country are blogging about economic security issues important to America's working. From Arizona to Massachusetts, state legislators are taking action on the need to guarantee paid family leave and earned sick days, as well as raise the minimum wage.

Equal Pay is a Family Issue

Today is Equal Pay Day, symbolizing the day that a woman working full time will have made as much as a man made the year before. That’s right, it takes women 100 additional days of work to make up for the 23% pay gap that exists for equal work.

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MI Rep. Tlaib Takes Challenge to Buy a Week’s Worth of Groceries on Minimum Wage

State Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) today announced that she will take the minimum wage challenge and shop for a week’s worth of groceries while only spending $42. The Economic Policy Institute’s family budget calculator factors in rent and other expenses a minimum wage worker encounters to arrive at the $42 a week grocery budget. Tlaib will take her $42 and shop for groceries on Wednesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at Lafayette Foods, 1565 E. Lafayette St. in Detroit.

Reinventing “Reinventing Michigan”

Today, Governor Rick Snyder was challenged to explain why he protected and doubled a contract that benefitted his cousin, while at the same time he was cutting education funds and taxing pensions – a fair question.
The Governor’s response has me scratching my head:

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