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Stabenow introduces Growing Small Businesses Act

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced the Growing Small Businesses Act yesterday.  The bill provides a 25 percent tax credit for the cost of buildings and equipment for a business’s first commercial production facility.   “During my small business tour, I have met so many talented entrepreneurs who are working hard every day to grow their businesses and create jobs,” said Senator Stabenow.  

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Since the 1970s, small businesses have created 55 percent of all new jobs. Some examples of businesses that would qualify for the tax credit in the Growing Small Businesses Act include food and beverage companies, software companies, film and sound production studios, and manufacturers.  If the business does not owe income taxes, the tax credit would be refundable against a business’s payroll taxes up to $250,000.

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Safe swimming please

The Manistee City Police Department has released a statement reminding the public that jumping and diving off the piers or swimming in the channel is prohibited. They warn of hidden dangers such as large rocks, strong currents, undertows, drowning hazards, boat and large ship traffic.

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The Manistee City Ordinance says, “No person shall swim in the Manistee River between the channel at Lake Michigan on the west to the mouth of Manistee Lake to the east. No person shall swim or dive from the Fifth Avenue Pier, the Stub Pier or the First Street Pier, except for authorized public safety purposes.” This warning comes less than a week after 3 Ludington girls were pulled from the Ludington breakwater after being pulled in by dangerous wave conditions.

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County Committee seats filled

The Mason County Board of Commissioners has appointed Gary Castonia as 2nd District Comissioner, replacing Bill Carpenter. Commissioner Castonia has been appointed to serve on the Public Safety and Courts Committee, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Area Agency on Aging, and the Solid Waste Management Committee. Also, Chairman Lange named Commissioner Hull as the chairman of the Public Safety and Courts Committee.

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