Tax cut for car buyers? Lawmakers aim to cut sales tax on auto rebates

LANSING — Michigan car buyers would get a tax cut under bills nearing final approval in the Legislature, where senators voted Wednesday to levy the 6% state sales tax on the amount people pay for a vehicle, not the list price.

County shares project proposals for ARP funds

The Kent County Board of Commissioners recently provided a list of funding request proposals submitted through its community engagement process.

What’s in state’s new $1.1B spending bill focused on luring businesses

LANSING — Lawmakers have sent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a $1.1 billion supplemental spending plan that is largely focused on boosting Michigan's incentives for luring business expansions.

Legislature adds $613M to economic development fund, finalizes scholarship program

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers voted Wednesday night to add nearly $613 million to the state's new economic development incentives account that is used to support large-scale business expansions, while also finalizing details of a new college scholarship program.

City seeks votes for PBGR project proposals

Residents of Grand Rapids can participate in the next phase of community-centered participatory budgeting.

City announces next Commission Night Out meetings

City officials plan to host two more Commission Night Out sessions.

Cascade Township adopts new strategic plan

The Cascade Township Board unanimously adopted a five-year strategic plan after a yearlong community engagement process.

Cascade to begin construction of new $10.9M fire station

A renovation project has relocated a fire station in Cascade Township as plans for a new facility are underway.

MSHDA launches new housing program with $50M in funding

A new program has been created to address the lack of attainable housing in Michigan.

GRPD, SAFE Task Force share gun buyback results

The Grand Rapids Police Department collected nearly 300 firearms during this weekend’s gun buyback event.

City moving needle on housing

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Although communitywide efforts are working to address issues with housing, demand continues to outpace development in Grand Rapids.
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Buttigieg awards grant to tear down divisive Detroit highway

WASHINGTON — A long-delayed plan to dismantle Interstate 375, a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) depressed freeway in Detroit that was built by demolishing Black neighborhoods 60 years ago, was a big winner of federal money Thursday, the first Biden administration grant awarded to tear down a racially divisive roadway.

City focuses on community events during ArtPrize

As ArtPrize 2022 kicks off today, the city has released a full schedule of artistic and cultural events taking place in Grand Rapids throughout the festival.
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Michigan chief justice leaving to lead arbitration group

LANSING — The chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court is leaving to become president of an international provider of dispute-resolution services.

City celebrates Welcoming Week

Grand Rapids will participate in a nationwide initiative this week.

Kent County opens new parks department office

The Kent County Parks Department recently unveiled its new office facility.

‘Road diet’ to begin in downtown Muskegon

A pilot project by the city of Muskegon on Shoreline Drive is scheduled to begin its first phase.
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Michigan investigates voter-assist device that went missing

LANSING — Michigan authorities are investigating how a piece of equipment that helps disabled voters mark a ballot wound up for sale online.

New law supports farmland preservation program

More West Michigan farmland owners may be able to benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act that was signed into law by President Joseph Biden in August.
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State police: 3,250 THC lab reports might be inaccurrate

LANSING — The Michigan State Police say about 3,250 lab reports on THC toxicology samples in prosecutions might be inaccurate because of a technical issue.

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