Monthly Archives: August 2016

“Boxed In” — now on YouTube!!

If you missed the Marquette Premier last have more chances…

  1. Another screening of the film will be held Wednesday, August 31, at Bay De Noc Community College in the Besse Theater. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

2. Here it is in it’s entirety!! “Boxed In” on You Tube!!

3. Here is Dwight Brady and NMU Communication student’s class “Boxed In” web site with links to the video trailers and upcoming events…

Please watch and follow up with contacts to the Senate Finance Committee members after Labor Day. Urge them to pass HB 5578 out of committee and on to the Governor to sign into loophole closing law. Urge all your downstate relatives and friends to do likewise.

Contact Senate Finance Committee Members

Call, email, or write a letter and tell key legislators (listed below) to Support House Bill 5578, now in the Senate Finance Committee… You may use any of the talking points below or share your own reactions to the Michigan Tax Tribunal’s Dark Store Tax Decisions. Be sure to give your Name, Address, E-mail. This website will provide you with some background information on the bills:

NOTE: If you have relatives or friends in one of the listed Senators’ Districts, please share this information with them and encourage them to contact their Senator, since they would be actual constituents and not easily dismissed.  -download this list below-

  • Michigan Tax Tribunal decisions — the “Dark Store” tax policy — bleeds millions of dollars from Michigan communities.  It’s a scam, a huge tax break for multi-billion dollar corporations.  Businesses pad their bottom line by pulling money from public treasuries.
  • Michigan’s counties, cities, and townships now strain their budgets, forced to make permanent cuts for vital public functions: libraries, schools, police, fire and emergency services, public transit, roads, parks, trails, and programs for youth, seniors, and veterans.
  • Hold corporations responsible to support our communities.  And stop the bleeding of public treasuries.
  • We need ACTION NOW!  House Bill 5578.

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Mailing address for all Senators is the same:
PO Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Senator Steven M BiedaMinority Vice Chair (9th District) – Map

Senator Jack BrandenburgCommittee Chair (8th District) – Map
Mt. Clemens

Senator Marty Knollenberg (13th District) – Map

Senator John Proos (21st District) – Map
Benton Harbor

Senator David Robertson, Committee Vice Chair (14th District) – Map

Senator Rebekah Warren (18th District) – Map
Ann Arbor

Download this list – send to your friends and relatives downstate and encourage them to contact the committee legislators in their districts… Film Leg. Update – Key Senators contact info-2 to contact Senate Finance Committee Key Legislators –


MI HOUSE — You do not need to contact StateHouse members at this time, except to thank them on their passage on this legislation:

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Mailing address for all Representatives is the same:
PO Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514

Wendell Byrd (3rd District) – Map
Detroit (Wayne County)

Lee Chatfield (107th District) – Map
Sault Ste Marie, St Ignace, Petoskey, Harbor Springs,Cheboygan
(Cheboygan, Chippewa, Mackinaw, Emmet Counties)

Paul Clemente (14th District) – Map
Lincoln Park, Melvindale, Riverview, Wyandotte (Wayne County)

Jeff FarringtonCommittee Chair (30th District) – Map
Sterling Heights, Utica (Macomb County)

Gary Glenn (98th District) – Map
Auburn, Pinconning, Midland (Bay & Midland Counties)

Martin Howrylak (41st District) – Map
Troy, Clawson (Oakland County)

Brandt Iden (61st District) – Map
Portage (Kalamazoo County)

Bill LaVoy (17th District) – Map
Monroe, Flatrock, Rockford (Monroe & Wayne Counties)

David MaturenCommittee Vice Chair (63rd District) – Map
Marshall, Galesburg (Calhoun, Kalamazoo County)

Pat Somerville (23rd District) – Map
Trenton, Woodhaven, Gibraltar (Wayne County)

Jim Townsend, Committee Vice Chair (26th District) – Map
Madison Heights, Royal Oak (Oakland County)

Michael Webber (45th District)- Map
Rochester, Rochester Hills (Oakland County)

Ken Yonker (72nd District) – Map
Kentwood, Wayland (Allegan, Kent Counties)


(Compiled by Marge Forslin)

Here’s Why the “Boxed In” Documentary Is So Important

 The effects of ‘Dark Store’ rulings affect us all. Recent House legislation needs your show of support to the Senate Finance Committee (download a list of Senators to contact below)… here’s what we mean:

Representative David Maturen,  David_MaturenVice-Chair, MI House Tax Policy Committee was tasked to form a work group eventually leading to HB 5578. Which was passed in the House this Spring of  2016. He speaks on:
“Boxed In” video documentary from NMU, featuring an interview and hearing clip on ‘Dark Store’ problems and policies and 
hear a rundown of lengthy list of Deed Restrictions also associated with these rulings. See a Preview Clip...

AND SO — on to the Premier of “Boxed In” Wed. August 24th in Marquette at 7:00 at Peter White Public Library. A premiere is also scheduled for Aug. 31 in Escanaba, and it will air publicly at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 on WNMU-TV.

AND SO — on to the Senate Finance Committee …. This is where we all come in!

Please contact your Senators:
Here is a current list: Film Leg. Update – Key Senators contact info-2  Tell them you support ‘Dark Store’ legislation sent to them from the House.

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Follow the progress of they bill at: Michigan Legislature page!!

You can follow Rep. Maturen on Facebook for updates on the progress in the House Tax Policy Committee.

If you have friends and relatives downstate, let them know they can influence/inform their legislators, too. This issue is affecting the entire state budget….reducing funding for local communities across the board. Please share this website with friends, family, and organizations across the state.

CORRECTION: It’s Here — “Boxed In” Dark Store Documentary by NMU

In the dark on the Dark Store issue? 

Attend a Premiere presentation of the Video “Boxed In” August 24TH, 7:00 at PWPL  — See the trailer, come and share with your community!

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Sponsored by Marquette County Citizens for Fair Share!!