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Michigan high court taking up fight over private school aid


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to take up a major lower court decision that allows Michigan tax dollars to flow to private schools.

A coalition of public school groups and the American Civil Liberties Union had urged the state's high court to reverse an October opinion by the appeals court. The court said private schools can receive public money to help them comply with health, safety and welfare rules.

In Tuesday's order, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman said the court needs to resolve the issue with a "final decision."

Critics say the Michigan Constitution clearly states that no public money can aid a private school.

The Republican-controlled Legislature and then-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, approved $2.5 million in 2016 for state requirements at private schools.

 

Tax incentives OK'd for Chemical Bank building developer
 

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan economic development officials have announced nearly $17 million in tax incentives for a downtown Detroit building that will serve as Chemical Financial Corp.'s headquarters.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced Tuesday developers will get a reimbursement through the capture of local and school taxes over 30 years. The 20-story structure will go up after demolishing a vacant office building near Grand Circus Park.

The Detroit News reports city officials are expected to vote on up to $12.7 million in tax breaks over 10 years for the project. They expect it will provide a roughly $10 million benefit to the city and $5 million to Wayne County.

Chemical Bank has said it will add roughly 500 workers to Detroit and plans to keep 500 employees in Midland, its original base.

 

MDHHS urges people to make HIV testing part of their lives


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Division of HIV and STD Programs is urging Michiganders to make HIV testing a part of their life in support of National HIV Testing Day on June 27.

MDHHS is recognizing National HIV Testing Day through a series of events and observations conducted by community partners throughout the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and that number grows by nearly 40,000 people each year. In Michigan, approximately 18,950 people are living with HIV, and 14 percent are not aware of their positive status.

Resources exist around Michigan to provide free or reduced cost HIV testing and treatment. To find resources, including local testing day events, visit Michigan.gov/hivstd.

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