Democrat Terry Brown and Republican Dan Grimshaw lauded libraries, and weighed in on the possibility of state legislators doing away with Michigan’s personal property tax on industrial and commercial equipment — a tax that helps fund libraries.
“I grew up in a home with no television. My friends were in books,” Grimshaw, 57, of Vassar Township, told the audience of about 17 people at Cass City’s Rawson Memorial Library.
“If you went back through the history of the (Bullard Sanford Memorial) library in Vassar, you will find that I have checked out hundreds of books,” Grimshaw said. “Not just 100. Hundreds — and I read every one of them.”
Brown, 53, of Pigeon, praised the value of the Michigan eLibrary, or “MeL,” funded partly with federal funds and providing state residents with access to online books and articles. The MeL also offers an interlibrary loan system letting residents borrow books and other materials from any participating library in the state.
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