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Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Leaders in state government may be united under the Republican Party banner, but when it comes to revamping Michigan’s comprehensive energy policy, differences in vision have emerged over the past month.

Michigan’s business community appears to lack a unified front as the May 5 election approaches for Proposal 1, a major ballot measure seeking to overhaul the state’s mechanism for transportation funding.

New reports show Michigan’s 2008 renewable energy mandate has worked as intended, but lawmakers must now decide what to do next when the policy sunsets at the end of this year.

Michigan retailers successfully pushed to level the playing field with online stores, which will be required to charge state sales tax under a new law. That means new revenue for the state, but the impact on bricks-and-mortar retailers like Herm Baker at Vertigo Music remains unclear as buying behaviors continue to shift.

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