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Governor Rick Snyder is urging the Republican-led Michigan House to pass economic development tax incentives when it meets in July, saying there's still time to lure a Taiwanese electronics giant to the state. Snyder told The Associated Press Friday the job-creation program is "straightforward" and is about "more and better jobs." 

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An 80-year-old woman will stand trial after more than $70,000 set aside to build a statue in Lansing to honor farm labor leader Cesar Chavez was embezzled.
 
     The Lansing State Journal reports  that Maria Louisa Mason of Williamston waived her right Thursday to a hearing on the evidence in district court.
 
     Mason had been executive director of the Michigan Hispanic/Latino Commission within the state Department of Civil Rights. She retired in 2015 from state government work.
 

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People who trade in their car to buy a new one would see a sales tax cut phased in more quickly under bills sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Buyers can subtract the value of their trade-in from the purchase price of a new vehicle for tax purposes under a 2013 law.

The legislation finalized by the Republican-led Senate Thursday would accelerate the phase-in of the tax break to 2029 - 10 years sooner.

The bills' supporters say the law helped boost auto sales and buyers deserve a fully phased-in tax reduction earlier.

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AAA says it expects more than 1.48 million people from Michigan to travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home for the July 4th weekend.

The auto club says Thursday it's a 3.3 percent increase from the number of people from the state who traveled during last year's holiday travel period.

AAA says the last time the Michigan travel volume for Independence Day weekend was higher was 15 years ago.

The vast majority of those travelers - about 1.3 million - will go by car. Nearly 65,000 will travel by air. Others will go by train, bus or boat.

A $56.7 billion state budget is headed toward Gov. Rick Snyder's desk after the Republican-led Senate gave it final approval on mostly party-line votes. The bills approved Thursday include more money for K-12 schools, universities and community colleges.

There is less for prison spending and environmental cleanup. Republicans say the budget includes record spending on K-12 education, money to train new state troopers and addresses debt in the teacher retirement system.

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The FBI says it's aware of reports that an attacker made statements during the stabbing of a police officer at the Flint, Michigan, airport but that it's too early to determine their nature or whether the incident was an act of terrorism.
 
     The statement Wednesday from the FBI says it is believed the stabbing was an isolated incident and there was no further threat to the Flint community. The officer is in stable condition at a hospital, and the suspect in FBI custody and being questioned.
 

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The Michigan Legislature has given final approval to legislation to coax more newly hired school employees into a 401(k)-only benefit instead of one that includes a traditional pension.
 
     The Republican-controlled House approved the bill 55-51 Tuesday. It will go to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for his expected signature after a procedural step in the GOP-led Senate.
 

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The Michigan House has approved a $56.7 billion state budget after an agreement was finalized between Republican leaders and Gov. Rick Snyder's administration.
 
     The GOP-led chamber voted 64-43 for a general budget Tuesday and 72-35 for the education budget. The Senate is expected to take final votes Thursday before the Legislature's summer recess.
 

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The Republican campaign to roll back former President Barack Obama's heath care law is colliding with the opioid epidemic. Medicaid cutbacks would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis. That's according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties.

The GOP health care bill would phase out expanded Medicaid, which allows states to provide federally backed insurance to low-income adults previously not eligible. Many young adults dealing with addiction are in that group.

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Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and top lawmakers have finalized a budget agreement that would spend more to address debt in the teacher retirement system and to fix aging infrastructure.
 
     The new spending targets were signed Monday by state budget director Al Pscholka and chairs of the House and Senate budget committees. The agreement sets the stage for lawmakers to take final votes this week before a summer recess.
 

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