The role of emergency managers in cities that have gone broke is being questioned at the state Capitol. The governor has only had to appoint a handful of emergency financial managers to take over city finances in the past decade. But many of those appointments have been controversial.
Scott Schrager is with the Department of Treasury. He says appointing an emergency financial manager is never an easy decision.
Lansing, MI – Tempers flared this week at the state Capitol over a not-yet-built bridge. The Legislature is trying to decide whether the state should partner with a private company to build a new span to compete with the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.
The word "lies" has been thrown around frequently by from all sides of the great bridge debate, and a lot of motives are being questioned.
Lansing, MI – A measure headed for the November ballot would bar former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and other public officials convicted of dishonesty in office from seeking another government job for 20 years.
Under the proposal, Kilpatrick would be unable to run again for mayor or some other public office or even accept an appointed government job until at least 2028. That will be the 20-year mark since his guilty plea to charges of lying under oath.
LANSING, MI – A new report says Michigan can do more to capture delinquent taxes and child support payments owed by workers in the underground economy.
The report was prepared by a Michigan Supreme Court task force. Among its recommendations - make employers responsible for past-due taxes and child support when they're caught paying their workers off-the-books. And it says employers they should lose their professional licenses if they have any.
Lansing, MI – There are only two weeks left before lawmakers run headlong into a self-imposed deadline to balance the state budget. Now some key negotiators say it appears unlikely the work could be done in that time.
The July 1 deadline was self-imposed to align the state budget with the fiscal years of schools, colleges and local governments, which need to know how much money to expect in state payments in the coming year.