New legislation was introduced last week in the Michigan state Senate to remove the sales tax on feminine hygiene products.
Feminine hygiene products — which include tampons, pads and reusable menstrual cups — are classified under the tax code as luxury items. This means they are subjected to the state’s 6-percent sales tax. However, Michigan’s code does exempt medically necessary goods, such as medications and catheters, from the sales tax. Legislators who proposed the bill argue that feminine hygiene products fall under this category.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette ruled Friday that Ann Arbor’s decision to raise the legal age of buying cigarettes and tobacco products from 18 to 21 is unlawful because it contradicts a state law.
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Iranian researcher Hamed Razavi recently received the Sumner Myers Award in January for best mathematics thesis at the University of Michigan. However, the University Ph.D. graduate will not accept the award in person due to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order that barred immigration from citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.
The Ann Arbor community reacted negatively to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning the travel and resettlement of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States that was issued last Friday.
U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly, a University of Michigan alum, granted a temporary halt to Trump’s executive order banning the travel and resettlement of citizens from several Muslim-majority countries to the United States 24 hours after the order was signed.
University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel released a statement Saturday morning affirming the University’s commitment to international students and faculty. Despite an executive order signed Friday by President Donald Trump that bans the immigration and travel of people from many Muslim-majority countries, Schlissel said the University will not release the immigration status information of its students.
LSA junior Enrique Zalamea, the president of the University of Michigan’s chapter of College Republicans, has a poster up in his room that reads, “Came to college, still not a liberal.” He said it stems from a joke, but the words on the poster mean a great deal to him. After all, it hasn’t been easy to defend his conservative views on campus.
“It's playing off that joke that college makes people more liberal, and when you think about it, it's true,” Zalamea said. “It all boils down to (how) liberalism is taught like a fact as opposed to an opinion.”
The Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize, an award celebrating new, innovative approaches to student learning, is accepting nominations for innovative projects from professors across the University of Michigan until Jan. 31.