Keith Laing The Detroit News Published 10:45 PM EDT Jul 4, 2019 Washington — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer so far has been unsuccessful in her bid to increase the state’s gas tax to help fix crumbling roads, but several states, including nearby Ohio and Illinois, hiked their fuel levies this week. Michigan drivers currently pay 26.3 cents per gallon in motor fuel taxes, plus another 16.18 cents per gallon in state sales taxes and an environment regulation fee for a total of 42.48 cents per gallon. Drivers in all states pay an additional 18.4 cents per gallon to the federal government in the form of a national gas tax. A 10.5-cent per gallon gas tax increase in Ohio took effect July 1, bringing total state taxes at the pump to 38.51 cents, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Illinois hiked its gas tax 19 cents per gallon on July 1, bringing its total to 54.98 cents per gallon. Drivers in California, … [Read more...] about Nearby states raise gas tax as Whitmer road plan idles
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Danica Coto, Associated Press Updated 11:01 am CDT, Friday, March 29, 2019 Three-year-old daughter Ailianie Hernandez waits with her mother Julianna Ageljo to apply for the nutritional assistance program at the Department of Family Affairs, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Friday, March 29, 2019. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are feeling the sting of what the territorial government says are insufficient federal funds to help the island recover from the Category 4 storm amid a 12-year recession. less Three-year-old daughter Ailianie Hernandez waits with her mother Julianna Ageljo to apply for the nutritional assistance program at the Department of Family Affairs, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Friday, March 29, ... more Photo: Carlos Giusti, AP Photo: Carlos Giusti, AP Image 1 of / 7 Caption … [Read more...] about Puerto Rico seeks more federal funds as Congress stalls
It wasn’t a surprise that St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter took advantage of the annual state of the city address — or as he calls it, “the state of our city address” — to highlight the core focus of his administration: reforming the city’s approach to public safety. From helping former prison inmates to pushing safer street designs, Carter announced a range of new efforts in his address Thursday, a speech that also highlighted what he considers his administration’s success so far. The ideas add to a growing list of goals from Carter around criminal justice, many of which prioritize investments in schools, parks, libraries and housing over that of policing. But the initiatives also come in the wake of criticism by some community leaders, who say the mayor isn’t moving fast enough to change the city’s approach to public safety. Carter’s director of community-first public safety initiatives — Jason Sole, the former president … [Read more...] about Carter touts public safety initiatives, successes in ‘State of Our City’ address
Mike Martindale The Detroit News Published 11:31 PM EST Feb 5, 2019 Mount Clemens — Emergency response agencies across Michigan and nationwide are using new technology to help find wireless 911 callers more quickly, police officials say. A system called RapidSOS is helping dispatchers pinpoint the location of 911 callers with more accuracy than the previous method of tracking calls by nearby radio tower transmissions, which sometimes could be miles away from the caller. While landline calls are easier to pinpoint, the latest technology allows a wireless caller’s location to be pinpointed within a radius of 3 meters, while in motion, and for 15 minutes after the call has been disconnected, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, one of dozens of Michigan police agencies that view RapidSOS as a potential life-saving tool. Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said his department implemented the system in December and is already seeing … [Read more...] about High-tech tool helps Mich. safety agencies find 911 cell callers
By Bill Disbrow Published 8:11 am PST, Wednesday, January 23, 2019 This photo of the view from Mt. Tamalpais was captured on the AlertWildfire.org website on January 23, 2019. This photo of the view from Mt. Tamalpais was captured on the AlertWildfire.org website on January 23, 2019. Photo: Nevada Seismo Lab Photo: Nevada Seismo Lab Image 1 of / 22 Caption Close Image 1 of 22 This photo of the view from Mt. Tamalpais was captured on the AlertWildfire.org website on January 23, 2019. This photo of the view from Mt. Tamalpais was captured on the AlertWildfire.org website on January 23, 2019. Photo: Nevada Seismo Lab New camera network means California's next wildfire might be spotted by you. From your couch. 1 … [Read more...] about New camera network means California’s next wildfire might be spotted by you. From your couch.