<![CDATA[Rep. Harold L. Haughs' Site Feed]]> http://022.housedems.com <![CDATA[Macomb Mall Revitalization to Provide Boost to Roseville Economy]]> http://022.housedems.com/news/article/macomb-mall-revitalization-to-provide-boost-to-roseville-economy <p>LANSING <strong>-</strong> State Representative <strong>Harold L. Haugh</strong> (D-Roseville) believes that the recent approval of a significant community revitalization brownfield incentive by the state for the Macomb Mall will have a significant positive economic impact in Roseville and the surrounding communities. The project, when completed, is expected to create 295 permanent full-time equivalent jobs and about $8.4 million in total capital investment to the almost 50-year old Macomb Mall.</p> <p>&#8220;The Macomb Mall redevelopment project will provide a huge boost to the Roseville community and to Macomb County,&#8221; said. Rep. Haugh. &#8220;These are jobs for the residents of Roseville and Macomb County with the dollars being spent in the community at local businesses. I am excited and confident that this project that will help anchor the revitalization of the Macomb Mall and Roseville.&#8221;</p> <p>The project was approved on June 24 by the Michigan Strategic Fund, which is located within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The incentive will allow for the local and school tax capture of about $1,592,970 that will go toward the demolition of the former Crowley&#8217;s Department Store at the Macomb Mall to allow for redevelopment and site improvements for a new building that will house a national retailer. In addition to representatives of Macomb County and the city of Roseville, Rep. Haugh also had a staff member present at the recent Michigan Strategic Fund meeting to speak in support of the positive economic benefits the incentive will have on the community.</p> <p>The city of Roseville also recently passed a 10-year Commercial Rehabilitation Act property tax abatement that will provide overall savings of approximately $800,000 to allow the revitalization of the Macomb Mall.</p> <![CDATA[Rep. Harold Haugh Speaks on Scrap Metal Theft Reform Bills ]]> http://022.housedems.com/multimedia/videos/rep-harold-haugh-speaks-on-scrap-metal-theft-reform-bills <p>Rep. Harold Haugh thanks those involved with the bipartisan effort to pass scrap metal theft reform bills. House Bills 4593 and 4595 tighten regulations - and give prosecutors better tools to hold illegal scrappers accountable - by including all types of scrap metals, requirements for scrap metal dealers and sellers to follow and penalties for anyone who buys or sells stolen scrap metal.</p> <![CDATA[Reps. Townsend, Haugh and LaVoy Protect Michigan Small Businesses]]> http://022.housedems.com/news/article/reps-townsend-haugh-and-lavoy-protect-michigan-small-businesses <p>LANSING &#8212; State Reps. <strong>Jim Townsend</strong> (D-Royal Oak), <strong>Harold L. Haugh</strong> (D-Roseville) and <strong>Bill LaVoy</strong> (D-Monroe) voted to advance a bill today that would restore fairness between brick-and-mortar stores and retailers that only exist online. The bill would require online-only sellers to collect the Michigan 6 percent sales tax from customers, just as brick-and-mortar stores already do. The &#8220;Main Street Fairness Act&#8221; now advances to the House Floor for a full vote.</p> <p>&#8220;Michigan&#8217;s government shouldn&#8217;t be in the business of picking winners and losers, yet we currently give online-only retailers an advantage by not requiring them to collect the state sales tax from all customers,&#8221; Townsend said. &#8220;This creates an unfair advantage to longstanding, family-run businesses who don&#8217;t receive that unfair advantage. All businesses should play by the same rules.&#8221;</p> <p>Townsend, Haugh and LaVoy voted today in the House Tax Policy Committee to advance House Bills 4202-4203 to the Floor of the House. These bills would close a tax loophole that would allow about $482.4 million in sales and use tax revenue to go uncollected in fiscal year 2013-2014 from online retailers that are based in Michigan, own property in the state or have a subsidiary here. It would include some major online retailers such as Amazon.com, which operates a subsidiary company in Michigan.</p> <p>&#8220;Any company that does business in Michigan should have the same rights and responsibilities as all other companies in the state,&#8221; Haugh said. &#8220;It&#8217;s not fair to expect your local grocer or flower shop to play by the rules and then allow an online retailer to get a 6 percent advantage simply because it takes orders online.&#8221;</p> <p>Currently, Michigan residents are expected to pay the 6 percent sales tax on items bought online when they complete their state income tax return. The Michigan Treasury has said it collected $5.87 million from 108,600 taxpayers who paid that tax in 2013, while estimating it would miss out on more than $482 million that should be paid in fiscal year 2013-2014.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;ve already given corporations in Michigan a $1.8 billion tax break in recent years,&#8221; LaVoy said. &#8220;We can&#8217;t continue to give unfair advantages to major corporations. Our locally run, small businesses are struggling. They deserve a level playing field.&#8221;</p> <![CDATA[State Rep. Haugh Introduces Bills to Improve Michigan Fireworks Safety Act]]> http://022.housedems.com/news/article/state-rep-haugh-introduces-bills-to-improve-michigan-fireworks-safety-act <p>LANSING &#8212; State Representative <strong>Harold L. Haugh</strong> (D-Roseville) introduced House Bill 4743 and 4744 today which will make changes to the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act to provide additional local control, more reasonable time limits on usage and to ensure firefighters are receiving the funds necessary for proper training in accordance with the intended purpose of the act.</p> <p>&#8220;After listening to constituents and meeting with all interested stakeholders, I believe that leaving the fireworks ordinance decisions up to the local units of government is the best course of action,&#8221; said Haugh.</p> <p>The legislation will make the following improvements to the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act:</p> <ul> <li><p>Establishes set hourly parameters and more flexibility at the local level for the discharge or use of consumer grade fireworks via local opt-in. More specifically, local units of government still retain full control over the 335 days they currently have. On the days of, day before, and day after a national holiday (30 days), local units of government may enact an ordinance prohibiting the use of consumer grade fireworks from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. and could also enact an ordinance expanding the hours of usage but not decreasing them on the 30 days.</p></li> <li><p>Ensure that 100 percent of the Fireworks Safety Fee be distributed to the Firefighter Training Council for training purposes and allow local units of government to carry out inspections of consumer-grade firework facilities;</p></li> <li><p>Require retail facilities to display a sign informing customers where to find a copy of state law and to contact their local unit of government for local ordinances;</p></li> <li><p>Require retailers to submit their fireworks safety fees at the same time as their sales tax payments; and</p></li> <li><p>Eliminate the sunset on the application fees for permanent structures and tents, keeping them at current levels.</p></li> <li><p>Address bad actors who try to skirt paying their sales tax and fireworks safety fee yet try to set up shop in a different manner the next year by providing Treasury the authority over the &#8220;??collection of all past due money&#8221; owed to the state or state departments.</p></li> </ul> <p>&#8220;This bill addresses many concerns raised about the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, but most importantly, it restores the original integrity of the act by guaranteeing all of the fireworks safety fees go towards fire safety, training and inspections,&#8221; continued Haugh. &#8220;I am confident that this bill will get broad support once it is taken up by the full House.&#8221;</p> <![CDATA[Statement from State Representative Harold Haugh (D-Roseville) on the passage of legislation expanding the Educational Achievement Authority in Michigan:]]> http://022.housedems.com/news/article/statement-from-state-representative-harold-haugh-d-roseville-on-the-passage-of-legislation-expanding-the-educational-achievement-authority-in-michigan <p>&#8220;I strongly opposed this legislation as it represents a backward step for our public schools and children. Much like the Emergency Manager law, the EAA legislation takes local and parental control away and shifts these powers to the state and for-profit corporations. The EAA decision making process should be open to the public and the EAA should be held accountable for how these schools are run and the student achievement they do or do not produce.&#8221;</p> <![CDATA[House Democratic Leader Greimel Announces New Leadership Positions]]> http://022.housedems.com/news/article/house-democratic-leader-greimel-announces-new-leadership-positions <p> LANSING - House Democratic Leader <strong>Tim Greimel</strong> (Auburn Hills) today announced that new appointments have been made to the House Democrats&rsquo; leadership team. The positions filled include strategic advisor to the Democratic Leader, and assistant floor leaders and assistant whips.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m confident that these additions to our leadership team will put the House Democratic Caucus in an even stronger position to fight for middle-class families, seniors and students,&rdquo; Greimel said. &ldquo;From bringing fairness back to Michigan&rsquo;s tax structure to restoring funding to our schools, there is a lot of work to be done. The House Democratic leadership team is ready for the challenge.&rdquo;</p> <p> The new appointments are:</p> <ul> <li> <p> Strategic Advisor to the Democratic Leader: Representative <strong>Harold L. Haugh</strong> (Roseville)</p> </li> <li> <p> House Democratic Caucus Assistant Floor Leaders: Representatives <strong>Vicki Barnett</strong> (Farmington Hills), <strong>David Knezek</strong> (Dearborn Heights) and <strong>Andy Schor</strong> (Lansing)</p> </li> <li> <p> House Democratic Caucus Assistant Whips: Representatives <strong>Robert L. Kosowski</strong> (Westland), <strong>David Rutledge</strong> (Ypsilanti) and <strong>Dian Slavens</strong> (Canton)</p> </li> </ul> <![CDATA[Michigan Legislature Passes Haugh Bill Reducing Unnecessary Administrative Burden to Local Governments]]> http://022.housedems.com/news/article/michigan-legislature-passes-haugh-bill-reducing-unnecessary-administrative-burden-to-local-governments <p> The upcoming tax season will be easier for local governments to manage due to legislation sponsored by state Representative <strong>Harold L. Haugh</strong> (D-Roseville) and signed into law in late December that reduces some of the unnecessary regulatory burdens it requires local governments to meet. Public Act 461 of 2012 (House Bill 5047) allows a local tax collecting unit to send its settlement tax rolls to the county treasurer in a computerized print format, or a disk, external drive or other electronic data processing format.</p> <p> &ldquo;At a time when our local governments are hurting, we need to provide them some flexibility in how they handle their day-to-day operations,&rdquo; said Haugh. &ldquo;This legislation would allow cities and townships the option of sending their settlement tax rolls to the county in an electronic format, rather than printing off thousands of pages and then submitting it to the county.&rdquo;</p> <p> The need for the bill was brought to Haugh&rsquo;s attention by Roseville City Treasurer Catherine Haugh and Deputy City Treasurer Joan Logghe. Before Public Act 461, under the General Property Tax Act, local government tax-collecting units were required to send their final tax rolls to their respective county treasurers in a computer printout. The settlement tax rolls are used to record changes made in the assessed valuation of properties and equipment. According to the Roseville City Treasurer&rsquo;s Office, a city employee had to print off more than 10,000 pages and then submit this massive printed document to the county.</p> <p> &ldquo;This bill allows the use of technology to save taxpayers money by streamlining what is currently a costly and time-consuming process,&rdquo; said Haugh. &ldquo;This much-needed update of the law would help free up staff time to meet the other needs of the citizens of that municipality.&rdquo;</p> <p> Haugh is the minority vice chairman of the House Regulatory Reform Committee and the Elections and Ethics Committee, as well as a member of the House Tax Policy Committee.</p>