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Ravi Yalamanchi is running for Mayor of Rochester Hills

Photo courtesy of Ravi4Mayor

By Ravi Yalamanchi, Candidate for Mayor – City of Rochester Hills After serving eight years as a Council Member for Rochester Hills and Treasurer and Commissioner of OPC, it is truly an honor to be a candidate for Mayor of our wonderful city – Rochester Hills. The premise of my candidacy is about community engagement, providing honest and trusted leadership with integrity. My background includes 30 years of Management, Business, Finance, Budgeting and Community Planning experience … [Read more...]

Senator Marty Knollenberg Comments on Failure of Proposal 1

State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, issued the following statement Wednesday morning regarding voters rejecting Proposal 1: "There are three lessons to be learned from the Proposal 1 vote. First, citizens expect their elected officials to lead, not to punt difficult issues to the ballot box. "Second, before increasing taxes, the Legislature must further cut spending and more carefully spend the money it already has. "Third-and most important-100 percent of any tax increase for roads … [Read more...]

Councilman Tisdel to Seek Second Term for Rochester Hills City Council

Mark Tisdel

On Wednesday, current Rochester Hills City Councilman Mark Tisdel announced via press release that he is excited to officially announce his campaign to seek a second term on the city council. “It is with great pride that I announce my reelection campaign for Rochester Hills City Council At-Large,” stated Tisdel. Since being elected in 2011, Tisdel has served on the Older Persons’ Commission Governing Board, has introduced the Summer Golf Scholarship program, and was recently … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett Could Face Additional Candidates in Primary Election

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett (front, center) recently announced his intention to run as write-in candidate for a third consecutive term in office. Digital First Media file photo

The road to the Rochester Hills Mayor's office is getting crowded. Incumbent Mayor Bryan K. Barnett announced that he would run in this year's race as a write-in candidate to circumvent the position's term limits. Former City Councilman Ravi Yalamanchi has also thrown his name in the race and now Jim Stevens has joined in as well, which means on August 4, residents will have three candidates to choose from, with only two moving on to the November election. Read the full story on The … [Read more...]

McMillin Calls for a ‘Day of Action’ on April 15 to Help Defeat Proposal 1

There's no escaping the clutching tentacles of government. Both the federal and state government assert their "right" to the fruits of your labor via income taxes. Unless you're homeless, you pay for the "privilege" to live on land, directly or indirectly, as property tax. And of course, just about every purchase you make in Michigan is taxed, often in more ways than one. The language in the May 5th ballot proposal reinforces that you are a subject, not a citizen, with numerous … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: Further Understanding Proposal 1

by Sue Douglas Proposal 1 Will Cost Average Michigan Household Up to $525 a Year in Extra Taxes From Capitol Confidential at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy "...of which $1.3 billion would go to funding public roads." NO. $1.3 billion is going to "transportation" after specific allocations are taken off the top. Of the remaining funds, 79% goes to roads and bridges. Of that 79%, 39% stays at M-DOT for State Highways, 39% is divided up between the County Road Commissions and … [Read more...]

Proposal 1: Michigan Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Amendment

The Michigan Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Amendment, Proposal 1 is on the May 5, 2015 ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would increase the state's sales tax from six percent to seven percent, but eliminate the sales tax on gasoline, for the purpose of increasing transportation infrastructure funding. The measure would affect other vehicle-related fees and increase spending for education and increase the earned income tax … [Read more...]

CTM Chair McMillin to Snyder: Drop the concrete. Let’s debate.

UPDATE from Tom McMillin: I'll be honest with you: when I first accepted the offer to become Chairman of Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan, my only hesitation was that I didn't want to criticize the governor. I intended to keep focused on the policy issue and avoid the politics. But seeing the governor holding a chunk of concrete, telling the people of Michigan that our lives and our families' lives will be in danger if Proposal 1 is rejected... that  was too much for me. The "Vote Yes or … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: Proposal 1 Also Brings Higher Gas Tax

Voters may not realize that if Proposal 1 passes on May 5, it will initiate 10 laws. The opinion expressed by Sue Ann Douglas in this Op-Ed is her own and does not constitute an endorsement by Rochester Media. The information Ms. Douglas is referencing comes from the Detroit Free Press article: Proposal 1’s passage would trigger these 10 laws. By Sue Ann Douglas Please note the section on the gas tax  - Remove, replace fuel tax. While it is true that the new gas tax will go only to … [Read more...]

Adam Kochenderfer Announces Reelection Campaign for Rochester Hills City Council

Councilman Adam Kochenderfer announced his reelection campaign today for Rochester Hills City Council, District 2. Kochenderfer hopes to continue the momentum of his first four years in office. During that time, he focused on: 1) Quality of Life. Rochester Hills was named one of the Top 10 Best Places to Live in America by Money Magazine. 2) Public Safety. Rochester Hills’ fire department and EMS added 24/7 coverage to District 2’s station, aiming to lower response times. 3) … [Read more...]