29Jan Rep. Pagel casts vote providing state tax relief for Michigan residents Categories: News,Pagel News State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Oronoko Township, recently joined his colleagues in the Michigan House to overwhelmingly approve legislation giving Michigan residents broader income tax relief and allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money.The proposal, in response to federal tax reforms signed into law last month, continues and increases the personal exemption ceiling for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens in the form of an expanded credit.“This sets Michigan residents up to receive state tax relief in the face of federal changes,” said Pagel. “It was an important, needed step and I’m happy the legislature worked together to get it done. The federal law created some unintended consequences and protections were going to go away for hard-working people.”The package’s main bill, sponsored by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township, ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, Hauck’s bill increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.A bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston provides a tax credit for those 62 and older – $100 for single filers and $200 for joint filers – in addition to the personal exemption increase. A third bill from Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth would allow taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Essential public services will not be affected because of the changes. The House has also added a specific provision to make sure public school funding is not negatively affected.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for consideration.
But the department said its environmental data was “right up to date”.Mr Murphy said the road would fragment feeding grounds for protected Whooper swans.But the judgement said the road would have “no direct impact” on the birds.Mr Murphy had also claimed the decision to proceed was based on environmental surveys that were 10 years out of date. ShareTweet But a barrister for the department said the survey work had been regularly updated over the years up to 2016, when the £160m road scheme was confirmed.Mr Murphy had already lost his case in the High Court, when a judge ruled the department had acted rationally and lawfully.On Tuesday, the Court of Appeal dismissed Mr Murphy’s case, ruling that the proper assessments had been completed.The proposed route of the new A6 skirts Lough Beg, an important bird habitat with EU protection.That protection places responsibilities on the authorities to ensure any development will not adversely affect the site.Mr Murphy said it was wrong that the department should be both the developer and the competent authority charged with ensuring that the development would not have an adverse impact.Work to dual the A6 has begun on sections at either end of the contested section.But work in the middle was delayed pending the outcome of the appeal.A department spokesperson welcomed the judgement, saying it confirmed the department’s “robust economic, engineering and environmental assessment procedures”.“As a result of the judgement the Department will commence construction of the Toome to Moyola River section of the scheme which had been delayed due to the legal challenge,” said the spokesperson.ENVIRONMENTALIST CHRIS MURPHY LOSES APPEAL AGAINST A6 DERRY TO BELFAST ROAD UPGRADE RULING was last modified: September 19th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: A large volume of traffic use the A6 Derry to Belfast road on a daily basisAN environmentalist has lost his appeal over the route of a road scheme between Derry and Belfast close to an internationally important bird sanctuary.Chris Murphy had had challenged a section of the A6 route near Toome.He claimed the Department for Infrastructure (DoI) had not carried out an appropriate assessment of the impact of the scheme. ENVIRONMENTALIST CHRIS MURPHY LOSES APPEAL AGAINST A6 DERRY TO BELFAST ROAD UPGRADE RULINGhigh courtLOUGH BEGtoome