EAST LANSING, MI – East Lansing City Council members have voted unanimously to approve a budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1st. The council may have to revisit that budget when state lawmakers decide how much the city will get through revenue sharing.
The East Lansing budget is a blend of employee concessions, personnel and program cuts, the use of some reserve funds and a half-mil increase in property taxes.
Governor Granholm has signed legislation to encourage thousands of veteran teachers and other school employees to retire.
AUDIO: School employees have less than a month - until June 11th - to make a decision on accepting the retirement offer. School employees who do accept will get a slight sweetener in their retirement payments. Remaining employees will pay more for their health and pension benefits.
About 100 people are rallying at the Capitol to support a Michigan bill that would let police request proof of citizenship from people they stop and question on another offense.
Republican state Rep. Kim Meltzer of Macomb's Clinton Township began drafting the measure after Arizona passed a new law last month that lets local police question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally.
Lawmakers at the state Capitol continue to debate the state budget as they wait for estimates later this week on revenue.
AUDIO: The Republican-led state Senate has approved a budget that would cut about 4% of state payments to local governments. The move drew a lot of resistance from Senate Democrats, who wanted to restore that cut.
Governor Granholm says a new federal trust fund will help Michigan and other automotive states redevelop and sell shut-down General Motors factories to new owners. More than half of the eligible sites are scattered across Michigan, including some plants that have been shut down for decades.