LANSING, MI – The state Legislature worked until midnight Thursday night to pass the K-through-12 schools budget. The budget needed to be approved this week in order to avoid losing millions of dollars from the federal government, and to insure schools continue getting checks.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's public schools will be required to make more of their financial information available on the Internet under terms of a budget bill that soon will be signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
The K-12 schools bill cuts funding by the equivalent of $165 per student. Schools will get about 3 percent less money overall this academic year than during 2008-09.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm issued an executive order to combine the functions of the Department of Environmental Quality with the Department of Natural Resources. The new Department of Natural Resources and Environment is expected to go into effect next January.
Granholm estimates the merger will save the state up to $1.5 million. However, the state House and Senate committee overseeing the D-N-R and D-E-Q budgets estimated savings at about $350,000.
East Lansing, MI – Welcome sports fans to another edition of Predictions of Earle. The sports talk AM 870 host breaks down the match up with Illinois as well as his picks for the Who is the Man contest
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has ordered the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality be merged into one department by January. The new name will be the Department of Natural Resources and Environment. There will be one director to oversee all DNRE programs. The chair of the House committee for natural resources says they will begin hashing out details of the department next week.
East Lansing, MI – WKAR sports talk producer and co-host Rob Bennett previews the Michigan State hockey team for the upcoming year.
As the new season for the green and white skaters opens this Friday night against Clarkston, Sports Talk producer Rob Bennett who has been covering Michigan State hockey for the past 6 years looks at what fans can expect from this young team.
Lansing, MI – New revenue proposals from Democratic lawmakers in Lansing are having trouble gaining momentum.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says because the Senate was able to pass a balanced budget with no new revenue, he does not think his fellow Republicans will vote for new taxes now. The Senate is sitting on a tax on physicians' earnings passed by the House.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Agriculture is permanently closing all of its regional offices statewide to save money.
Agriculture Director Don Koivisto said Wednesday in a release that a district office in Marquette and regional offices in Detroit, Escanaba, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Saginaw, St. Joseph and Traverse City will be closed to save $600,000 annually.
DETROIT – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she wants the emergency financial manager of Detroit's schools to stay on for a second year to continue efforts to improve the struggling district.
Granholm told reporters Wednesday after a Midwestern Governors Association event that Robert Bobb is "doing a very tough but very important job" for the district, which faces a $259 million budget deficit.
Bobb said this week he wouldn't commit to staying on beyond his contract but has been in talks with Granholm's office.
DETROIT, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants the Republican-led state Senate to send her budget measures that already have been passed so she can use her veto power to shape the final spending plan.
The Democratic governor told reporters after a Midwestern Governors Association event Wednesday in Detroit that some budget measures "are not satisfactory."
LANSING, MI – A tax on physicians' earnings approved by the state House may have come to a standstill in the Senate. Democrats approved the bill in an effort to fill cuts made to Medicaid in the budget last week.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says he does not think his fellow Republican senators would vote for any new taxes. But Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon says he thinks he can find some Republican support.
DETROIT – Some of the best up-and-coming string players in the U.S. will take the stage at Carnegie Hall for their annual stop at the prestigious New York venue.
The Sphinx Chamber Orchestra is made up of top alumni of the Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino players.
Started better than a decade ago in the Detroit area, the Sphinx Organization strives to increase the participation of minorities in music schools, as professional musicians and as members of classical music audiences.
The Detroit Tigers put a fitting end to a historic collapse by committing every blunder imaginable in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday that cost them their first division title since 1987.
The Tigers held a seven-game lead on the Twins on Sept. 6, but limped to an 11-16 finish that made them the first team since 1901 to miss out on the playoffs after holding a three-game lead with four to play.
LANSING, MI – A huge crowd gathered on the state Capitol lawn Wednesday to call on state regulators to approve permits for new coal-fired power plants.
Most of the men wore hardhats and work boots. They say new power plants would create new construction jobs.
The state will have lost an estimated one-million jobs by the end of next year. House Speaker Andy Dillon says part of that job loss comes from Governor Granholm blocking construction of more coal plants.
LANSING, MI – The state House was locked from the inside Tuesday night as lawmakers debated tax hikes proposed by Democrats. Lawmakers passed a 3% tax on physicians, intended to backfill cuts to Medicaid.