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Robertson: Out-of-state businesses should pay their fair share

The Legislature recently took action to make sure out-of-state companies pay their fair share in taxes-just like Michigan companies.

Public Act 282 of 2014 clarifies the original intent of Michigan's corporate tax law to correct a loophole that would have given some non-Michigan-based multi-state companies a lower tax liability and an unfair competitive advantage. Clearly, out-of-state corporations shouldn't benefit from a more favorable tax treatment than our own Michigan businesses.

 
 
 

"Pink Ribbon" plate now on sale

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Michigan women. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I want to help get the word out that motorists have the opportunity to purchase Michigan's newest license plate-the Breast Cancer Awareness plate.

The plate features the Pink Ribbon logo and the message: "Early Detection Saves Lives." Proceeds from sales of the specialty plate will help support a state program that offers breast and cervical cancer screening for low-income women.

Find more information, including details on how to order the plate, at www.michigan.gov/sos.

 
 
 

New law toughens penalties for drunk driving

According to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization, one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders. I voted for a new law that takes effect this month to better protect Michigan families and motorists by helping take "super drunk" drivers off the road.

The law increases the criminal penalties, including prison time, for drivers causing death or serious injury while having a blood alcohol content of .17 or higher within seven years of a prior conviction. PA 219 of 2014 gives law enforcement another important tool to help keep our streets safer.

 
 
 

OK-2-Say-a new resource to keep our students safe

In more than 80 percent of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker is aware of the dangerous plans or activity. Yet, too often, the threat is unreported for fear of retaliation or blame.

Michigan's new OK-2-SAY system offers a confidential way for students to report anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others. Students can anonymously submit tips by phone at 1-855-565-2729, by text message at 652729 (OK2SAY), by email at ok2say@mi.gov or through the website at www.mi.gov/ok2say. More information is available at the website.