Michigan Residents: We will pay to fix the roads

A recent finding by the Center of Michigan, in effort to determine where public opinions stands, found that the conditions of the roads are high on residents’ radar.  The article quotes, “Seven out of 10 participants in the Center for Michigan’s Community Conversations said the state’s roads, bridges and infrastructure are an urgent priority, compared with only 8 percent who said roads aren’t a priority or that we shouldn’t invest in repairs.”  Further, polls have indicated that more than half of Michigan residents are willing to pay more in taxes so that the roads can be fixed.  If taxes were to go up to pay to fix the roads, politicians may not receive a harsh backlash.  The article also states that Michigan is the last in the country on per capita road spending.  


What are your opinions on the condition of Michigan roads?  Would you be willing to pay higher taxes to fix the roads? 




Stronger truancy ordinance in Ypsilanti Township

The article discusses how Ypsilanti Township is considered increasing enforcement on children skipping school, also known as truancy.  The ordinance would include monetary fines for truancy and increase for a second offense.

If you are having truancy or other juvenile legal issues with your children, please feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.


Issue on Raising Minimum Wage Reaches Michigan

The group “Raise Michigan” is trying to get issue of raising the minimum wage in the State on the ballot in November.  On Monday, the group sought approval to collect signatures for the initiative and will need to get over 250,000 before May to do so.  Current minimum wage in Michigan is $7.40.  Raise Michigan is advocating for a change to $9.50.


What are your opinion?  Should Michigan raise the minimum wage or will such a change have a negative effect on Michigan’s economy?  Share your thoughts below.


Ann Arbor could fine smokers under new smoking ordinance

The city of Ann Arbor is looking to pass a new smoking ordinance that would prohibit smoking at bus stops and other public areas such as city parks.  Smokers would be ticketed and possibly face a $50 fine.  Those in support of the ordinance contend that the new ordinance will promote officers to enforce no-smoking ordinances already in place.


What is your opinion?  Should smokers be fined for smoking outdoors?  Would support a similar ordinance in your city or town?

Leave your comments below. We would love to hear your thoughts on this issue. 


Gov. Snyder Launches Re-Election Campaign

Gov. Rick Snyder will be launching his re-election campaign with a state-wide tour starting next week.  

What do you think of the job Gov. Snyder has done for our state?  Will you be voting for him in the next election?  Leave your comments below.  Please note that Nichol & Doering, PLLC has no political affiliation with Gov. Snyder.  The posting of this article is for informational purposes only.


Michigan Fireworks Safety Act Rules and Effects

In advance of the Fourth of July holiday, make sure you are aware of the Michigan’s Fireworks Safety Act passed last year.  This article provides very helpful information about the law.  If you plan on using fireworks, please check with your local ordinances to know what regulations apply to firework use and safety in your area.  From all of us at Nichol & Doering, PLLC, have a safe and happy 4th!