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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Five Things You Need to Know for Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Just after finishing this month's Wired Magazine feature Nuclear Now!, I came across a Detroit News editorial called Put Nuclear Option Back on the Table which argues that Michigan should take another look. Definitely food for thought...

You Can't Spell Snowmobile Without Snow
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that warm temperatures and lack of snow this winter are hurting Northern Michigan lodging, dining and other businesses who depend upon snowmobilers. With a long-range forecast that calls for above normal temperatures, it sounds like these businesses are out of luck.

Belle Isle Aquarium Closing Concerns
The Detroit Free Press reports that with the closing of the 101-year-old Belle Isle Aquarium (North America's oldest continuously operating public aquarium) all but certain, Detroit Zoological Institute staff is worried about the survival of the fish and marine animals housed there when they are transfered to other institutions.

Michigan Chamber Supports Removing Health Care from Single Business Tax
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce announced yesterday support for the State House GOP plan to finish the job on removing health care from the base of the Single Business Tax (SBT). In 2003, Republican & Democratic lawmakers voted to remove 50 percent of health care from the base of the SBT over three years. The GOP plan would remove the remaining 50 percent of health care from the SBT base by 2007.

Sue Flint, Lose Business
The Associated Press reports that Flint Mayor Don Williamson has come under fire for a January 21 policy that withholds city business from any person or entity involved in a lawsuit against Flint within the past five years. The Greater Flint ACLU plans to bring the matter before the U.S. District Court to have the policy declared unconstitutional.

New Fees at Mackinac Island State Park?
The Detroit Free Press reports that Dennis Cawthorne, chairman of the Mackinac Island State Parks Commission, worries that additional fees floated by Gov. Granholm to cover the parks' $3 million in annual expense could decrease the number of visitors to Michigan's oldest state park and the island as a whole.

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