budget http://wkar.org en Councilmember Wood on new Lansing budget http://wkar.org/post/councilmember-wood-new-lansing-budget <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/City_Council" target="_blank">The Lansing City Council</a> approved a 2015 fiscal year budget totaling $118 million on Monday night. The budget debate was less intense than in recent years since the city did not face a deficit. The document was essentially the same one proposed by Mayor Virg&nbsp;Bernero back in March. Wed, 21 May 2014 16:19:02 +0000 Mark Bashore 54027 at http://wkar.org Councilmember Wood on new Lansing budget EL budget aims more spending at roads http://wkar.org/post/el-budget-aims-more-spending-roads <p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">East Lansing officials are working on the city’s <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/FY15Budget/">budget</a> for the coming fiscal year. The $32.7 million spending plan features a small millage rate cut for 2015. </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">There will be meetings and public forums on the budget over the next few weeks.</span> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:07:24 +0000 Mark Bashore & Scott Pohl 52207 at http://wkar.org EL budget aims more spending at roads Council Member Wood says Lansing budget should 'impact quality of life' http://wkar.org/post/council-member-wood-says-lansing-budget-should-impact-quality-life <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">After close to 10 years in office, Lansing Mayor <a href="http://www.votevirg.com/meet-virg.php">Virg Bernero</a> enjoyed a first last night: &nbsp;The chance to submit a city budget plan with a surplus. </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Despite being slightly in the black for fiscal year 2015, Bernero describes his $18 million spending plan as conservative and cautious.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:30:13 +0000 Mark Bashore 51172 at http://wkar.org Council Member Wood says Lansing budget should 'impact quality of life' Senate sponsor says Balanced Budget Amendment needed to reign in spending http://wkar.org/post/senate-sponsor-says-balanced-budget-amendment-needed-reign-spending <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In his recent State of the State address, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder called on the state legislature to join 20 other states already prodding the federal government to enact a constitutional amendment requiring a <a href="http://www.balanceourbudget.com/">balanced federal budget</a>. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:47:48 +0000 Current State 48500 at http://wkar.org Senate sponsor says Balanced Budget Amendment needed to reign in spending MSU economist highlights drawbacks of Balanced Budget Amendment http://wkar.org/post/msu-economist-highlights-drawbacks-balanced-budget-amendment <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><em>Current State's</em> discussion on a proposed <a href="http://www.balanceourbudget.com/">Balanced Budget Amendment</a> continued with MSU economist <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/journalists/expert/charles-ballard/">Charley Ballard</a>. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:46:14 +0000 Current State 48501 at http://wkar.org MSU economist highlights drawbacks of Balanced Budget Amendment Snyder Wants To Eliminate Early Childhood Program Backlog In Next Budget http://wkar.org/post/snyder-wants-eliminate-early-childhood-program-backlog-next-budget <p>Governor Rick Snyder signed the new state budget Thursday.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:26:07 +0000 Rick Pluta 37546 at http://wkar.org Snyder Wants To Eliminate Early Childhood Program Backlog In Next Budget Legislature Finishes Work On Budget, Medicaid Expansion And Common Core On Hold http://wkar.org/post/legislature-finishes-work-budget-medicaid-expansion-and-common-core-hold <p>A budget for next fiscal year is awaiting Governor Rick Snyder’s signature.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:37:35 +0000 Jake Neher 37002 at http://wkar.org Legislature Finishes Work On Budget, Medicaid Expansion And Common Core On Hold Education Budget Clears State Legislature And Goes To Governor Snyder’s Desk http://wkar.org/post/education-budget-clears-state-legislature-and-goes-governor-snyder-s-desk <p>The state Senate has approved an education budget that would boost public school funding by about three percent.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 19:26:54 +0000 Jake Neher 36661 at http://wkar.org Education Budget Clears State Legislature And Goes To Governor Snyder’s Desk Snyder Says Fight In Legislature Slows Budget Deal http://wkar.org/post/snyder-says-fight-legislature-slows-budget-deal <p>Governor Rick Snyder’s early June deadline to finish the budget, come up with more money for roads, and expand the Medicaid program is fast approaching.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 19:11:12 +0000 Rick Pluta 35156 at http://wkar.org Snyder Says Fight In Legislature Slows Budget Deal Michigan's transportation overhaul includes more than roads http://wkar.org/post/michigans-transportation-overhaul-includes-more-roads <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voices across Michigan---from Governor Rick Snyder to thousands of ordinary citizens---are calling for improvements to the state’s transportation infrastructure. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>One Lansing-based policy organization---Transportation for Michigan---is promoting that discussion.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:40:26 +0000 Current State 34829 at http://wkar.org Michigan's transportation overhaul includes more than roads Current State #72 | April 23, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-72-april-23-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <i>Current State</i>: Councilwoman Jessica Yorko&nbsp;on city budget; the drawbacks of dredging; dispute over Ingham county recordkeeping; and Angela&nbsp;Wittrock&nbsp;with Lansing business news.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:23:05 +0000 Current State 34711 at http://wkar.org Councilwoman Yorko on city budget http://wkar.org/post/councilwoman-yorko-city-budget <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Lansing City Council continued discussions of Mayor </span>Virg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Bernero’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> proposed 2014 budget yesterday. &nbsp;This time, the council focused on </span>Bernero’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; spending plan for the city’s fire department. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:14:20 +0000 Current State 34710 at http://wkar.org Councilwoman Yorko on city budget Current State #67 | April 16, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-67-april-16-2013 <p></p><p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State</em>: Lansing city budget; Red Cedar now open for fishing ; Wharton Center reveals new season; and a <em>Public Poetry Announcement </em>with<em>&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carl Phillips</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">.</em></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:31:25 +0000 Current State 34358 at http://wkar.org Council member Dunbar on 2014 city budget http://wkar.org/post/council-member-dunbar-2014-city-budget <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Yesterday the Lansing City Council continued discussions about one of the most challenging parts of next fiscal year’s budget--spending for city police services. &nbsp;Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed spending plan for the 2014 fiscal year includes a $700,000 cut to the police budget.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:25:08 +0000 Current State 34357 at http://wkar.org Council member Dunbar on 2014 city budget State Will Lose $150 Million To Sequester http://wkar.org/post/state-will-lose-150-million-sequester <p>State officials say they don’t expect they’ll have to lay off employees due to the loss of 150 million dollars in federal funds this year and next.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:03:40 +0000 Rick Pluta 34318 at http://wkar.org State Will Lose $150 Million To Sequester Current State #52 | March 26, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-52-march-26-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today on </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: Curtis </span>Hertel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on plans to run for Senate; former congressman advocates for mental health;&nbsp;Lansing City Council president's response to budget proposal; and measuring water quality over the years in the Great Lakes.</span></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:52:10 +0000 Current State 33291 at http://wkar.org Lansing city council president responds to Bernero's budget proposal http://wkar.org/post/lansing-city-council-president-responds-berneros-budget-proposal <p></p><p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:35:12 +0000 Current State 33287 at http://wkar.org Lansing city council president responds to Bernero's budget proposal Current State #49 | March 21, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-49-march-21-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: budget cuts for Lansing police; dancer Nic Gareiss; Dr. Shannon Manning on drug-resistant bacteria; the Ann Arbor Film Festival; and CAFOs&nbsp;for livestock.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:14:59 +0000 Current State 33049 at http://wkar.org Lansing police respond to budget cut pressure http://wkar.org/post/lansing-police-respond-budget-cut-pressure <p></p><p>Police and firefighters in the city of Lansing are under pressure to make concessions to improve the city’s short and&nbsp;long-term budget woes. &nbsp;Last week, a long-awaited report from the city’s blue ribbon “Financial Health Team” called for a million dollars to be cut from the police&nbsp;department’s budget. &nbsp;</p><p>Discussing the issue is the President of the Lansing Fraternal Order of Police---the police officers and supervisors’ union---Tom Krug and from the city of Lansing, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Service, Chad Gamble.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:13:52 +0000 Current State 33048 at http://wkar.org Lansing police respond to budget cut pressure Snyder Budget Plan Includes More Taxes, Money For Schools, Colleges http://wkar.org/post/snyder-budget-plan-includes-more-taxes-money-schools-colleges <p>Governor Rick Snyder’s budget proposal includes some big spending increases for road repairs and early childhood learning.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:15:20 +0000 Rick Pluta 30790 at http://wkar.org Snyder Budget Plan Includes More Taxes, Money For Schools, Colleges Mich. Budget Chief Says Revenue Is Mostly Stable http://wkar.org/post/mich-budget-chief-says-revenue-mostly-stable <p>Michigan's budget director says the state budget picture remains stable despite softer-than-expected economic growth.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:18:56 +0000 The Associated Press 29442 at http://wkar.org Mich. Budget Chief Says Revenue Is Mostly Stable Michigan May Be Short Revenue For Next Budget http://wkar.org/post/michigan-may-be-short-revenue-next-budget <p>Michigan's government may close last budget year with $1.2 billion on hand, but it will be needed to balance the current budget.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 23:17:32 +0000 The Associated Press 29133 at http://wkar.org Michigan May Be Short Revenue For Next Budget Mayor Bernero Blasts PPT Measure http://wkar.org/post/mayor-bernero-blasts-ppt-measure <p>Local governments in Michigan are bracing for more revenue cutting. Last Friday, the state legislature approved a measure that would repeal Michigan’s so-called ‘Personal Property Tax.’&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 28403 at http://wkar.org Mayor Bernero Blasts PPT Measure Amid Some Skepticism, Lansing Panel Launches Financial Review http://wkar.org/post/amid-some-skepticism-lansing-panel-launches-financial-review <p>In Lansing, a panel of prominent business and civic leaders are diving into an initiative with far-ranging implications. The team—headed by former Mayor Dave Hollister—will explore whether the time has come for a new model of municipal finance.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 24024 at http://wkar.org Amid Some Skepticism, Lansing Panel Launches Financial Review Snyder Signs New State Budget, Turns to Summer Priorities http://wkar.org/post/snyder-signs-new-state-budget-turns-summer-priorities <p>Now that the budget’s done, Governor Rick Snyder goes to work on his goals for the balance of the summer. He spent a few minutes with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta just after he signed the new state budget.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:31:27 +0000 Rick Pluta 19632 at http://wkar.org Snyder Signs New State Budget, Turns to Summer Priorities Education Budget Headed to Snyder http://wkar.org/post/education-budget-headed-snyder <p>A budget for schools, universities, and community colleges is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 22:19:56 +0000 Rick Pluta 18466 at http://wkar.org Education Budget Headed to Snyder Lansing Council Leaders, Mayor Hope to Sway BWL Board http://wkar.org/post/lansing-council-leaders-mayor-hope-sway-bwl-board <p>Two versions of a proposed Lansing city budget go before Lansing Board of Water and Light commissioners today.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 19:11:56 +0000 Mark Bashore 17745 at http://wkar.org Lansing Council Leaders, Mayor Hope to Sway BWL Board Bernero Drops Plan to Consolidate Police Ops http://wkar.org/post/bernero-drops-plan-consolidate-police-ops <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he is temporarily dropping a plan to consolidate city police operations in a single location.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 23:09:38 +0000 Mark Bashore 17463 at http://wkar.org Bernero Drops Plan to Consolidate Police Ops EL Official: Library Millages Could Begin Pause in Tax Hikes http://wkar.org/post/el-official-library-millages-could-begin-pause-tax-hikes <p>The East Lansing City Council votes tonight on a proposed budget that could give residents some short-term relief from tax hikes.</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 18:31:22 +0000 Mark Bashore 17366 at http://wkar.org EL Official: Library Millages Could Begin Pause in Tax Hikes Bernero Explains Proposed 2013 City Budget http://wkar.org/post/bernero-explains-proposed-2013-city-budget <p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero is presenting his proposed 2013 budget to the city council.&nbsp; Last November, voters approved a public safety millage that enabled the city to reduce its projected deficit to between $5 million and $7 million -- roughly half of what it was last year.&nbsp; But to close the remaining gap, the mayor&rsquo;s plan asks many city employees to either take up to 26 days off without pay or pay more for their health insurance and pensions.&nbsp; Mayor Bernero tells WKAR&rsquo;s Kevin Lavery that the furlough days are on a sliding scale. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:38:08 +0000 Kevin Lavery 14827 at http://wkar.org Bernero Explains Proposed 2013 City Budget