PEORIA, IL – The Peoria Chiefs blanked the Lansing Lugnuts 5-0 last night at O'Brien Field. Having split the first two games of the series, the Lugnuts and Chiefs play the rubber match in their three-game series on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
LANSING, MI – It's the third of the state's six scheduled unpaid furlough days for most employees. State government will run much like it does on a public holiday.
Among those services that should continue without interruption are Michigan State Police road patrols, prisons, state psychiatric hospitals and emergency human services programs. Unemployment office call centers and problem resolution offices will be open.
Secretary of State and general state offices will be closed.
LANSING, MI – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Jennifer Granholm appears to be leaving several options open for resolving Michigan's state budget problems.
Granholm told reporters shortly after meetings with legislative leaders Thursday that trimming the size of various tax exemptions or "loopholes" could be included in a budget-balancing plan. She said reducing a surcharge on the Michigan Business Tax could be considered as part of a deal.
LANSING, MI – A state senator says the Michigan Economic Development Corporation gives out too many tax credits to businesses without enough oversight.
State Senator Nancy Cassis says the MEDC gave out a year's worth of tax credits in six months. Cassis says she wants more details on how successful the businesses that get the tax credits are at creating jobs.
Cassis says small businesses already in the state don't see the same benefits as some companies that get tax credits to come to Michigan.
Lansing, MI – Student government leaders from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan stood together Thursday at the state Capitol. They vowed to fight to save the Michigan Promise Scholarship program.
The students say they will spend the rest of the summer lobbying the state legislature. They're concerned about proposed budget cuts that could wipe out Michigan Promise Scholarships and reduce funding for colleges and universities.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm met Thursday with legislative leaders to try and resolve disagreements over the next state budget. The governor says one of her priorities is making sure the Michigan Promise college scholarship is not eliminated. It goes to all students who complete two years of college or job training after high school.
DETROIT – Former Detroit Red Wing Sergei Fedorov says during the past 11 years he has been swindled out of $43 million by a Grosse Pointe Shores man entrusted to manage his money.
In a lawsuit obtained by the Detroit Free Press prior to an expected filing this morning in Wayne County Circuit Court, Fedorov accuses Joseph Zada of embezzlement and reneging on a promise to repay him.
The lawsuit says Zada, "acting in concert with others, intentionally lied to Fedorov" whenever he asked about the money.
PEORIA, IL – The Lansing Lugnuts topped the Peoria Chiefs 6-2 last night at O'Brien Field in the opener of a three-game series. The win maked the first time during the second half that the Lugnuts had won consecutive games. Lansing's season-high winning streak stands at just three games, set twice during the first half. Tonight at 8:00 p. m. the Lugnuts and Chiefs play number two of their three-game series.
LANSING, MI – A state House committee met Wednesday to discuss Michigan's tax structure. The rest of the Legislature is in recess this week.
The House Tax Policy committee has been taking testimony from interest groups over the past few weeks. The committee chair hopes to hear from a couple dozen groups before the fiscal year ends in the Fall.
On Wednesday, the committee heard from the Michigan Municipal League. Robin Beltramini is president of the league, and a councilwoman in Troy.
Lansing, MI – Students from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan will hold a joint news conference at the Capital in Lansing Thursday. They're concerned about budget proposals that call for the elimination of the state scholarships and cuts to college funding.
State legislators haven't passed a budget yet, but they're looking to cut the Michigan Promise scholarship program and general appropriations for colleges and universities.
LANSING, MI – State House Republicans unveiled their plan Wednesday to balance the state's budget by cutting spending by $1.4 billion. That number matches the Republican-controlled state Senate's target for cuts.
House Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer says deep program cuts are necessary to avoid raising taxes.
LANSING, MI – The state Democratic Party has a list of prospective questions that voters could decide in next year's elections.
AUDIO: Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer's list includes boosting the minimum wage and unemployment benefits, cutting utility rates, a one-year moratorium on home foreclosures, and requiring employers to offer health benefits.
Brewer says these issues could also help Democratic candidates next year.
St. Johns, MI – The Crosby Mint Farm near St. Johns bills itself as the oldest continuously operating mint farm in the country. It first planted roots back in 1912. Jim Crosby and his sister Linette are preparing for the farm's 98th harvest - and they're fighting to keep it from becoming their last. The farm is in foreclosure, and the siblings are trying to sell enough mint oil to stave off an auction.
WASHINGTON – General Motors and Chrysler are defending their plans to eliminate about 3,000 dealerships across the nation during the second day of congressional hearings on the auto industry.
Under criticism in Congress, lawyers for the two auto companies say the dealer reductions were needed as part of a larger plan to help them rebound from bankruptcy. The automakers say the alternative was liquidation and massive job losses.
DETROIT – About 2,600 Detroit Public Schools employees have been told to reapply for their jobs - or risk losing them.
The district on Tuesday declared the positions vacant and said staff had until Friday to interview with their principals or request an interview. Employees from at least 40 affected schools who don't respond may be reassigned.
The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report the schools are being "reconstituted" in response to a failure to meet state annual yearly progress standards.
EAST LANSING, MI – The union that represents Lansing firefighters has endorsed Mayor Virg Bernero in his reelection bid. International Association of Firefighters local 421 made the announcement today. Local president Bryan Epling says Bernero has been committed to supporting the fire department, even through difficult budget years.
"It is comforting to know that our mayor will continue to be an outspoken advocate for the public safety needs of our community and for the men and women of our department," he said.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm and members of her administration say they need more tax credits to lure businesses to the state. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority has reached the limit of how many tax breaks it can give out this year.
Greg Main is the president of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He says that Michigan will lose business to other states without more credits.
DEARBORN, MI – Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder is the latest candidate to reveal plans to run for governor in Michigan in 2010.
The Republican announced his candidacy for governor at a press conference today at Dearborn's Greenfield Village and has scheduled a five-day statewide tour. He plans to visit Flint, Lansing and Grand Rapids later in the day.