LANSING, MI – The state's popular Pure Michigan tourism advertising campaign would get a short-term boost through legislation overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate.
A bill approved 37-1 Wednesday would reallocate $9.5 million in use taxes to a fund for the campaign this budget year. The bill, which now advances to the House, would raise total Pure Michigan funding for this budget year to about $15 million.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's administration has sent state lawmakers the first draft of legislation that would regulate wind turbines in the Great Lakes. It's the next step in the process of allowing offshore wind generators that could one day dot the Great Lakes shorelines.
The state Senate has approved a $9.5 million budget to keep the Pure Michigan tourism campaign on the air for the rest of the year.
AUDIO: The Senate action appears to rescue the campaign as the summer travel season approaches. The state House is expected to concur with the Senate, even though the money will have to come from the cash-strapped general fund.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has announced an interim police chief to replace the departing Mark Alley. Lansing police Captain Teresa Szymanski's first day as temporary chief will be March 13. She says she intends to apply for the position long term. The 22-year Lansing police veteran runs the LPD's South Precinct. The city is conducting a nationwide search for Alley's replacement.
General Motors Co. says it will restructure its sales and marketing operations for the second time in less than three months.
The Detroit automaker will split sales from marketing after combining them under Susan Docherty in December. Southeast Asia Executive Director Steve Carlisle will now head sales while Docherty leads marketing.
The company also split up sales and marketing for its remaining brands, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac and reassigned other executives.
The East Lansing city council tonight is likely to approve almost $2,000,000 in cuts to this year's budget.
City Manager Ted Staton says the city faces a total of $5,000,000 in budget shortfalls over the next two years. He calls the $2,000,000 to be trimmed from this year's spending plan a "down-payment on that challenge."