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Menominee City tax roll seizure likely State Tax Commission decision expected Tuesday “ By PENNY MULLINS EagleHerald news editor/digital director

MENOMINEE — It seems likely the Michigan Department of Treasury State Tax Commission will approve an order Tuesday assuming jurisdiction of the City of Menominee’s 2016 tax roll as well as requiring the city to pay for an outside party to fix

problems from both the 2015 and 2016 rolls. The State Tax Commission posted its agenda online Tuesday for the meeting next Tuesday in Okemos, Mich., which included the draft version of an official order to seize the 2016 roll based on a failure of the city to make corrections to the 2015 tax roll already in the state’s possession.

The 2015 roll was seized after former assessor Jill Schwanz was terminated in 2015 and two interim assessors (Robert Desjarlais and Peg Bastien) took over temporarily, but did not sign the roll. The city hired Mari Negro in October 2015 as a part-time, contracted assessor to correct the problems with the roll. Negro resigned from the position in October of this year.

The draft order from the state reads: “Whereas, the staff report indicated that the State Tax Commission assumed jurisdiction of the 2015 roll for the City due to the fact that they were an uncertified unit. The City underwent an AMAR Review in 2015 which indicated: they did not have a policy on public inspection of records, did not

“ ... the City was provided notice of a recommendation to assume jurisdiction and provided 21 days to provide a response for consideration by the State Tax Commission and that response indicated a lack of understanding of the significant problems associated with the removal of the land adjustments ...”

Excerpt of draft order from STC staff


Retailers welcome timeout on overtime rules

County employee is eligible for insurance


 Part-time worker

falls under Affordable Care Act provisions

NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “The rules are just plain bad public policy, and we are pleased that the judge is allowing time for the case to go forward before they can go into effect. We hope the judge ultimately finds in our favor, and in the meantime this timeout gives Congress a chance to take another look at the impact of these rules.” The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office recently reported that canceling the overtime changes would benefit consumers by avoiding price increases that would come if companies had to pay their workers more. Real family income would be $2.1 billion higher without the changes in 2017

The National Retail Federation welcomed a judge’s ruling Tuesday that will prevent the Labor Department’s changes to federal overtime rules from taking effect as scheduled on December 1. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant issued a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by NRF, attorneys general from 21 states and dozens of business groups arguing that the changes are unlawful. The ruling effectively pauses implementation of the rules until the courts reach a final decision on their legality. “The Labor Department’s overtime changes are a reckless and aggressive overreach of executive power, and retailers are pleased with the judge’s decision,” See OVERTIME, A3

By LISA M. REED EagleHerald staff writer

MENOMINEE — The Menominee County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday discussed the issue of a part-time employee and the Affordable Care Act. Interim Administrator Sherry DuPont said the EagleHerald/Rik Gebhard county recently had an issue with the Affordable Care Act and a part-time employee. “Only one at this particular point in time. Because Patricia DeLorme, Menominee helps her daughter Peyton DeLorme, 4, decorate the of the Affordable Care Act, tree representing the Bay Area Academy of Dance they adopted on Stephenson Island we do have to fall within Thursday in Marinette. Anyone wanting to decorate should contact Judy Alwin at the 30 hours a week and in a Marinette Welcome Center. The trees will be decorated until Nov. 30. month’s time frame it is 130 hours,” she said. DuPont said that the formula involves looking back at part-time employees after a full year and counting their hours each week every month, adding the monthly total and dividing it by 12 months and By KEVIN FREKING Obama said the people receiving using that total in the end. Associated Press the medal helped push America for“If that person works ward and inspired millions around more than 130 hours in that the world. WASHINGTON — Saying they month period, we’d have to The award recognizes especialoffer them insurance. We do had touched him in a powerful and ly meritorious contributions to the not have an option. I know personal way, President Barack national interests of the United the board has discussed Obama awarded the nation’s highover and over time the 30 est civilian honor to 21 ground- States, to its culture, or to other hours a week. This circum- breaking actors, musicians, ath- significant endeavors. Posthumous honors went to stance happened because letes and others during a ceremony Native American advocate Elouise there was an employee out Tuesday at the White House. on administrative leave for “These are folks who have helped Cobell and Rear Adm. Grace Hopper. about a period that had to make me who I am,” Obama said Others receiving the award be covered 24 hours,” she as the celebration concluded in the included: Richard Garwin, an said. “The part-time employ- White House East Room. inventor and polymath physicist ee can either accept or deny Among those getting the who made pioneering contributhe insurance, and they do Presidential Medal of Freedom were tions to the nation’s defense; Frank get the $400 fee we offer for actors Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Gehry, one of the world’s leading not having it.” Robert Redford and Cicely Tyson. architects; Margaret H. Hamilton, a DuPont added that, “This Michael Jordan and Kareem mathematician and computer sciperson will get the insurance Abdul-Jabbar, two of the best for one year as the county basketball players ever, were also entist; Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Lorne would still be tracking them among the honorees. for that full year.” Bruce Springsteen and Diana Michaels, producer of “Saturday “If after that second full Ross were recognized for their Night Live”; Newton Minow, a foryear they are not qualified music. mer Federal Communications The Associated Press under the 130-hour time Other honorees included philan- Commission chairman devoted to frame, then we can offer thropists Bill and Melinda Gates, numerous public and charitable Actress, comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, glances at comedian Ellen DeGeneres and causes; and Eduardo Padron, presi- President Barack Obama as she is presented the Presidential Medal of dent of Miami Dade College. Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Tuesday. See EMPLOYEE, A3 broadcaster Vin Scully.

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