Categories: Glenn News State Reps. Gary Glenn, left, and Lee Chatfield provided testimony to the House Tax Policy Committee April 15 on their legislation to prohibit Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credits beyond the state’s current $9.38 billion liability. The bills were unanimously approved today by the committee and now go to the House for consideration.Michigan House Tax Policy Committee members today voted unanimously in favor of legislation to protect taxpayers from additional financial liability through Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credit extensions.The committee includes state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, who introduced House Bill 4334 to prohibit extensions currently allowed under the Michigan Business Tax Act. The committee also approved HB 4333, which addresses similar language in the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Act.“The MEGA credits and program expansion did what was intended at a time when Michigan was struggling through the recession by retaining the key industries and jobs that are now helping our state lead the nation’s economic rebound,” Rep. Glenn said. “While those past financial commitments can be honored with gratitude we must now look to ensure a fiscally responsible and realistic future that is stable and sustainable for Michigan taxpayers.”The MEGA tax credits were greatly expanded in 2008, and even though the program was ended by the Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder in 2011, there is a taxpayer liability of $9.38 billion projected over the next 17 years, including a $325 million state obligation this budget year.Current state law allows the existing credits to be increased and extended further, but the legislation approved today by the committee will freeze the existing program and its credit liabilities.HB 4333-4334 now go to the full House for consideration. 29Apr House committee approves Rep. Glenn bill to prohibit MEGA tax credit extensions
James PurnellThe BBC has called for on-demand players like its iPlayer service to be guaranteed prominence on all major TV platforms.In a article for the Telegraph ahead of a House of Lords debate on the issue this week, the BBC’s director, radio and education, James Purnell, said it is important that content from the BBC and other public service broadcasters can be easily found in an increasingly digital age.“Fourteen years ago, Parliament took a far-sighted decision. It insisted that the public service channels including BBC One, ITV and Channel 4 should be at the top of the programme guides on all TV platforms,” said Purnell.“It made our channels easy to find – especially important for the BBC, whose programmes people have already paid for via their licence fee. But the world has changed, with the rapid growth of digital channels and new services.”He said that the new generation of set-top boxes have a limited number of content options on their home pages and that if those places are filled by content from the platform owners like Sky, or from Netflix, Amazon or YouTube, “that leaves little room for the on-demand services from our public service broadcasters”.“Some pay-TV platforms are already making ‘free to air’ services harder to find. On the new Sky box, Sky Q, there is no one button on the remote control that takes you to live TV, the single most popular thing Sky customers do. Instead, ‘Home’ takes you to Top Picks – a set of recommended programmes chosen by Sky,” he complained.Purnell also argued that the BBC’s children’s channels, CBeebies and CBBC, should be moved up the Sky EPG, as they are currently listed behind 12 US cartoon networks.A Sky spokesperson described Purnell’s comments as “blatant self-interest”, adding that “for many years we’ve provided the top five slots on the programme guide to public service broadcasters, making them easily accessible.”
Mary Blake Tourism Officer with Council who is leading the local campaign said: “We are delighted that our bid is through to the shortlisted stage. Derry is galvanised under the ‘LegenDerry Food’ mantra, promoting exceptional quality and locally sourced food.“The ancient Walled City has many high quality and independently accredited restaurants along with quality cafes and delis.“Eminent food critics such as Georgina Campbell have claimed that we are now justifiably flagged as the North West’s Gourmet Capital.“Winning Foodie Town Ireland would be a real testament to the food revolution that has been taking place in our city over recent years.“Voting for Derry will support all our hardworking chefs, artisan food producers, fishermen, farmers, restaurateurs and hospitality staff.”Derry has been named among the top ten food destinations in Ireland and two independent assessors will now visit the city in the coming weeks to see what’s on the local menu. A national public vote will carry equal weight in the deciding the overall winner.You can register your support for the local food industry by going to www.foodietowns.ie and voting before 5pm on October 2nd.DERRY HAS A BITE AT FOODIE TOWN TITLE was last modified: September 17th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: DERRY HAS A BITE AT FOODIE TOWN TITLEFOODIE TOWN OF IRELANDMARY BLAKETOURISM OFFICER ShareTweet “The city is undoubtedly establishing itself as a premier food destination and with the success of our recent food festivals, including the Flavours of the Foyle and the Legenderry Food Festival, our reputation continues to grow.“I am a huge supporter of local restaurants and food producers and Council is committed to supporting and growing the food industry here in the North West.“Winning the Foodie Town of Ireland title will gain further national recognition and enhance the city’s profile as a top destination for food tourism.”The Foodie Town of Ireland competition recognises the efforts made to establish a location’s foothold in the food tourism market, through events and activities such as food festivals, gourmet trails and markets, as well as establishing a reputation for dining excellence. THE Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, is calling on people across the district to back an online campaign to have Derry crowned the Foodie Town of Ireland.The city has been shortlisted in the prestigious national industry competition which is organised by the Restaurants of Ireland and a public vote could sway the outcome.With two weeks left to vote, Mayor McCallion urged local food fans to register their support online. “I am thrilled to see Derry shortlisted and I’ve already voted online.