Johnson Encourages Lawmakers To Eliminate Driver Responsibility Fees

October 26, 2017

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson testified in front of the House and Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committees on Oct. 11 in support of a bipartisan package of legislation that would eliminate Driver Responsibility Fees.

Calling much of the fees owed to the state “uncollectible” and an impediment to job creation, Johnson encouraged lawmakers to provide Michigan residents who still owe the fees ways to resolve the debt.

“The far-reaching impact has been simply devastating to the people we serve,” Johnson told committee members. “Too many Michigan residents lost their licenses because of these automatic, excessive fees which meant they couldn’t take their kids to school or get to work. And that, in turn, hurt families and local businesses who couldn’t find enough qualified employees.”

As a state representative in 2003, Johnson voted against Driver Responsibility Fees. As secretary of state, she has pushed for repealing the Driver Responsibility Fee law, successfully pushing lawmakers to eliminate the most common fees in 2011, create a community service option for certain fees in 2015 and begin phasing out all fees.

Driver Responsibility Fees were for various traffic violations, including non-moving violations, on top of regular traffic citation fines and court costs. Unlike traditional court fines and fees, the automatically assessed Driver Responsibility Fees cannot be waived or reduced by a judge.

Johnson encourages lawmakers to eliminate Driver Responsibility Fees

Johnson encourages lawmakers to eliminate Driver Responsibility Fees

Calendar – Theater – Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival to Present “Titus Andronicus” – Oct. 29

October 26, 2017

Marquette – The Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival will present “Titus Andronicus” on
Sunday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewery in Marquette.

The stakes are high in Shakespeare’s bloodiest revenge play, as staged thru the lenses of “contestants” in this game called Society. What do we stand for? Who do we stand with? How do we govern ourselves in a culture whose predilections for violence and domination steer our tactics?

In this hilarious, provoking and sometimes manically terrifying treatment of William Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” are you just here for the party… or are you the next competitor? For more information, contact, call 734-578-2528. For tickets, go to

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Ishpeming Hematite Sports Booster Club 10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser – Oct. 29

October 26, 2017

Ishpeming – The Ishpeming Hematite Sports Booster Club will sponsor its 10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Sunday, October 29 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Ishpeming High School Cafeteria (Division
Street Gym Entrance). Take-out dinners will be available.

Hematite gear will be available for purchase from the Hematites-R-US Store and a 50/50 raffle will also be held. The IHS student athletes will be there to serve dinner to the supporters. Come meet the IHS and IMS athletes and coaches!

Tickets are $7; children 5 and under eat free. You may purchase tickets at the IHS office, sporting event concession stands and from student athletes or any booster club member. Tickets will also be sold
at the door on the day of the event.

For more information, please call Becky at 485-5361.

Calendar – Films/Documentaries – “Frankenstein” Performed by the Royal Ballet Film Screening – Oct. 29

October 26, 2017

Marquette – Northern Michigan University’s music department is presenting a screening of “Frankenstein” performed by the Royal Ballet on Sunday, October 29 at 7 p.m. at the Forest Roberts Theatre at NMU.

The film is a period adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic tale of morality and one’s craving for love, companionship and understanding. In it, Victor Frankenstein’s mother dies in childbirth just before he leaves his family and closest friend for a university. Distraught, he throws himself into his studies, obsessively learning all that he can from his professor. Fueled by his experiments and in a desperate hope to find a way to bring his mother back, he works furiously and eventually succeeds in giving life to a non-living matter. Horrified by what he has done, he abandons his creation.

The Siril Endowment for Musical Arts is sponsoring this event. Admission is $10 for adults and free for anyone under 18, along with NMU students, faculty and staff with ID.

FREE Spooky Science Night at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum Friday, October 27th

October 26, 2017

Friday, October 27th

6:00 p.m.-8 p.m.

Halloween Science Night Sponsored by the Chemistry Department at NMU, and conducted by NMU science clubs, led by the members of the NMU Forensic Bio-Chemistry Club. Free night of science for early elementary age children and their families. Snacks, science activities and spooky smells!