December 7, 2001Changing of the guardA few months ago, Ron Chandler took over as Manager of the Metalshop.Pictured: Ron and Megan work on repairing some decorative railing on a small balcony off the roof ofWest Housing. Megan volunteered in the Metalshop for a few months after her Workshop (September).[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton]Megan helps Ron prepare a section of railing to be welded. November Workshopper Brendan Doherty also spent a good part of his workshop working with Ron in the Metalshop. One of their projects was replacing a railing leading up the sides of the Lab Building. Other current projects include constructing a rack for the “site truck” and fabricating woodstovesfor cubes (housing) in Camp.
Categories: News Michigan House legislators today introduced legislation to provide substantial income tax relief for families and seniors.The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes, while providing additional relief for senior citizens.The main bills were introduced by Reps. Jim Tedder of Clarkston and Roger Hauck of Union Township, with another key bill sponsored by Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth.“The recent federal tax reforms are a good start, but hard-working Michiganders deserve broader and more significant income tax relief,” Hauck said. “Allowing people to keep more of their own money will help Michigan’s economy and improves our quality of life – and we can afford this tax break without compromising essential public services. Tax spenders have had their time in Lansing. Today is a day for the taxpayers.”Hauck’s bill ensures Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on 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 $4,300 for the 2018 tax year, with gradual increases reaching $4,800 for 2020.Noble’s bill ensures taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions if the city adopts a uniform ordinance.Tedder – chair of the House Tax Policy Committee – sponsors legislation to specifically help senior citizens in addition to the personal exemption increase. His bill would provide a $100 refundable income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older – or $200 for joint filers.“As Michigan continues to experience budget surpluses, it’s an exciting time to talk about tax relief,” Tedder said. “With health and good fortune, we one day will all become senior citizens. Why not provide tax relief at a time in life when people need it most, when many are on fixed incomes? It’s time we provided real tax relief to the people who have shouldered Michigan’s financial burden for decades.”Noble agreed it is time to provide a tax break for Michigan families.“Lowering taxes will make Michigan a better place to live and raise a family, and that’s what our work as legislators is supposed to be all about,” Noble said. “The money collected through taxes belongs to the people – not politicians. It’s time families and seniors got to keep more of it for themselves.”House Bills 5420-22 were referred to the Tax Policy Committee for consideration.### 16Jan Michigan House legislators unveil tax relief plan for families, seniors
Scripps Networks International’s Fine Living Channel has secured carriage with Telekom Austria-owned Croatian pay TV provider Vipnet.The channel, which features lifestyle gurus, innovative designers, fashion experts and chefs from around the world, will be available via the Vip TV platform and the B.net cable platform.“As Scripps Networks International builds its distribution, we are pleased to add a third lifestyle channel onto the Vipnet platforms with Fine Living. Following the successful launches in Croatia of Food Network and Travel Channel on the platforms last year, we understand what audiences want and know that Scripps’ great range of programming will continue to resonate in the region,” said Jon Sichel, managing director, Scripps Networks, UK & EMEA.“Vipnet offers advanced television services through two brands – Vip TV and B.net. We are delivering a large range of programs and interactive services to customer’s homes every day through four different technologies – cable, IPTV, OTT and satellite. We are very pleased to enlarge our portfolio with this new exclusive, design entertainment TV channel which will surely attract a very large number of viewers in Croatia,” said Adrian Ježina, member of Vipnet’s management board.