By Cindy Denby
We recently received more good news relating to our economic recovery.
The state of Michigan was recently ranked number 12 in the nation in the 2013 Tax Climate Index released by the Tax Foundation. Michigan's overall rank jumped six places from number 18 in the 2012 index, the most dramatic improvement made by any state in the 2013 index. The Tax Foundation credited Michigan's significant improvement to the progressive reforms that were made to boost the state's tax structure and economic climate. The 2013 Tax Climate Index reflects Michigan as a top environment for business development and growth.
The Tax Foundation produces the Tax Climate Index each year to allow business leaders, government lawmakers, and taxpayers to compare their states' tax systems with other states across the nation. The index produces an easy-to-use ranking and looks at more than 100 variables in individual income tax, corporate income tax, sales tax, unemployment insurance tax, and property tax. I'm extremely proud of the improved rating for our state and am confident that continuing with our efforts to get Michigan back on track by making our state a better place to do business, our rating will continue to rise. For more information on the 2013 Tax Climate Index, visit the Tax Foundation's website at www.taxfoundation.org.
Patriotism in Michigan
During this election year, patriotism for the United States is particularly evident across the state of Michigan. Residents of all ages and backgrounds show support and enthusiasm for our nation's future. This month, Governor Snyder signed a bill giving Michigan students the opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The bill requires school districts across the state to give students the opportunity to recite the pledge daily, however it does not force students to participate.
The legislation also requires a U.S. flag to be hung in each classroom where the pledge is recited. With the help of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, flags will be purchased for schools that cannot afford them. Although residents under the age of 18 may not be of age to vote in the election this year, they are being given a new chance to show their patriotism in the classroom, and that is something to be proud of.
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