Categories: News State Rep. Jim Stamas (left) stands with Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson in the state Capitol rotunda today. Stephenson joined Stamas for a special House session honoring four first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty during the last year. The annual ceremony also commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.### 11Sep Stamas, local sheriff honor first responders, military in annual House ceremony
Categories: Marino News,News 18Oct Rep. Marino introduces bill helping teachers finance classroom supplies Michigan public school teachers who buy their own classroom supplies would be eligible for an income tax credit through legislation introduced today by state Rep. Steve Marino.“From pencils and paper to iPad headphones, more and more Michigan teachers are spending money out of their own pockets to supply their classrooms every year,” Marino, of Harrison Township, said after introducing his legislation. “Their salaries aren’t covering these extra expenses. They deserve some help on their taxes to offset these work-related costs.”The legislation would provide a state income tax credit of up to $1,000 for a single filer and $2,000 on a joint return for those with adjusted gross incomes equal to or below the average salary for a Michigan teacher, which currently is $61,875.Classroom supplies eligible for the deduction would include books, computer programs and accessories such as headphones, art supplies, student awards and other materials needed for classroom projects.National and Michigan-based surveys indicate the average teacher spends hundreds of dollars of their own money on classroom supplies each year, and the costs are rising.“Our public school teachers are working hard and making sacrifices to help build a better future for Michigan,” Marino said. “The way this bill is designed, it will teachers who need the help the most.”###The legislation is House Bill 5136.
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