December 22, 2010Congratulations to the graduating November 7 workshop participants! This was the last workshop of the year and we look forward to meeting next year’s participants. To all the 2010 workshop participants- Thanks for all your hard work!From left:Massimo Di Francesco from Italy (Work Study), Yuki Yasuda from Japan, Maureen Connaughton (Construction Intern), Andrea Speed and Arondon Brownlow.
21Dec Rep. Howrylak addresses bill swap, ‘no’ vote on tax policy measure Rep. Martin Howrylak today voted against a bill that reduces the portion of the state income tax that goes to public schools after the Legislature abandoned the original intent of legislation he had introduced.Howrylak introduced House Bill 4991 in 2017. The bill – as introduced and as approved by the House in May 2018 – was designed to ensure compensation for wrongful imprisonment was not subject to Michigan’s income tax.House Bill 4991 was substituted in the Senate to add a completely different intent this week. The final bill as approved by the House on Friday dealt with the income tax distribution formula.This technique is sometimes used to help the Legislature quickly approve measures when time is too short for new bills to be considered due to legislative rules. But Howrylak took exception to using his bill for this purpose and disagreed with the substituted bill.“I have worked six years in the Michigan House and my time is coming to an end because of term limits,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “The ‘wrongful conviction’ bill was a priority, and it should become part of Michigan law. It was designed to ensure we don’t add insult to injury by taxing compensation awarded to someone who spent time in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.“The hijacking of this bill to serve an entirely different purpose contributed to my final ‘no’ vote on House Bill 4991.”Howrylak also said the substitute itself is flawed.“We should not be reducing the portion of the income tax collection that goes to the School Aid Fund in order to solve a funding issue that could be resolved through the normal appropriations process,” Howrylak said. “I can assure you there are better ways to achieve the goals of this legislation.”Howrylak had his name removed as sponsor of the legislation.### Categories: Howrylak News,News
América Móvil has increased its stake in Telekom Austria by about 8.68% to take its holding to 59.7% as a result of a public tender offer that expired last Thursday.Upon settlement of the shares that participated in the offer during an additional acceptance period, América Móvil will, directly and indirectly, hold 264,470,131 shares in the Austrian telco.Telekom Austria has about 23 million fixed and mobile customers across eight countries, including several in which it provides TV services as part of its offering.