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Infrastructure report: Michigan should spend $4 billion more a year

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A report ordered by Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan must spend $4 billion more annually to upgrade infrastructure that includes roads, water systems and the power grid.

The study released Monday says the state and local governments spend less than the U.S. average and in surrounding states.

Snyder, who appointed the commission in the wake of the Flint water crisis, says Michigan’s “infrastructure challenges are serious and wide-ranging” and it must “act with urgency.”

The 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report includes recommendations for all types of infrastructure systems, including transportation, water and storm water, wastewater treatment and drainage, energy and communications infrastructure.

The commission says as a first step, Michigan should become a “national leader” and create a statewide asset management system.


36th District Court announces exclusive seasonal layaway  plan and waiver of fees

The 36th District Court announced this week an exclusive holiday promotion being offered for the entire month of December. Individuals who have outstanding debt owed to the court will have the opportunity to “lay it away” and enter into a payment plan with only 10 percent down of their balance due. All adjudicated cases in which fines and costs were assessed are eligible. As an added bonus, upon making the final payment, all late fees and penalties will be waived.

Chief Judge Nancy Blount stated, “We are excited to offer this chance for individuals to get back on track and eventually restore their driving privileges, whether they have defaulted on a previous payment plan or want to start a new plan. Plus, the waiver of all penalties and late fees upon final payment should be a big incentive to comply with their new or reinstated agreement.”

Court Administrator, Kelli Moore Owen added, “We wanted to do something unique this holiday season and this is a way for people to start fresh with payments that fit their budget before additional collection enforcement actions, slated for January 2017, are initiated.”

Current payment plan customers are excluded and ineligible to participate. Clearance fees cannot be waived.

Please visit the Court’s website for additional details at http://www.36thdistrictcourt.org/.


HBA of Michigan Jingle & Mingle/Community Winter Clothing Drive

The Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan is hosting its Jingle & Mingle/Community Winter Clothing Drive from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. Join in celebration of the season at El Barzon at 3710 Junction in Detroit. This event is free with a donation of a new or gently-used winter coat, or hat, gloves, mittens and scarves.


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