LANSING, MI – The latest forecast for Michigan's state budget is not as bleak as some others have been recently.
The nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency estimated Wednesday that overall state revenue for schools could drop by about $215 million in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. That would be roughly a 2% drop from revenue estimated for the current fiscal year.
Revenue in the state's general fund could rise by about $44 million, or less than 1%, compared with the current fiscal year.
LANSING, MI – The state Court of Appeals says a for-profit lottery pool violates Michigan's anti-gambling laws.
AUDIO: The state attorney general's office went to court to shut down the PowerPick Players Club based in the Grand Rapids suburb of Comstock Park. The service charges its customers a fee for randomly pooling them with other players in hopes of sharing in a lottery jackpot.
LANSING, MI – Two Republican candidates for governor were at the state capital Wednesday to push their plans for government reforms.
AUDIO: Oakland County Sherriff Mike Bouchard says there are so many dramatic changes that need to be made, the next governor could be a one-term governor. In other words, an unpopular governor. But Bouchard doesn't think that saying that will make him a tough sell.
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Obama administration opposes closing shipping locks near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.
In a memo filed Tuesday, Solicitor General Elena Kagan asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a request by Michigan and several other states to order the locks closed. Illinois filed a document supporting the administration's position.
Kagan said closing the locks would endanger public safety and disrupt cargo.
She said federal agencies are working to keep Asian carp out of the lakes.
LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's chances of becoming Michigan's next Governor may have improved now that Lieutenant Governor John Cherry has dropped out of the race. That's according to political analyst Craig Ruff of Public Sector Consultants.
Cherry says he couldn't raise enough money to run a viable campaign. And Ruff says Bernero needs to improve his name recognition outside of mid-Michigan if he's going to be successful. He says that means he'll need to raise more money.