LANSING, MI – The state Department of Corrections says taxpayers would save more than $100 million a year if prisoners were paroled earlier for good behavior.
A House panel is discussing a set of bills that would allow prisoners to collect good-behavior credits to reduce their minimum-sentences. Many prosecutors say that would be unfair to victims who find peace-of-mind in violent offenders serving the entire sentences given to them.
A state board has approved tax credits to help ensure that General Motors keeps its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Company officials told the Michigan Economic Growth Authority that without the tax break, the company might have to move its headquarters out of the city. The deal calls for GM to keep at least 2,500 of the four thousand workers employed at its world headquarters.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will visit Michigan State University and Saginaw Valley State University Wednesday as part of her campaign to get the Legislature to vote for new revenue. She says the state is cutting too deeply into funding for K-12 schools and college scholarships.
ALLEN PARK, MI – Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn't sure how many players his team will be missing Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Several Lions players were injured in a 27-10 loss to Minnesota, but he only had a definitive status on defensive back Jack Williams on Monday afternoon. Williams suffered a "significant" knee injury on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, and will be placed on injured reserve.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State's men's basketball team squares off against Gonzaga tonight as one of the featured matchups in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. It'll be a game between two of the most successful basketball programs of the last decade. This will be the first meeting between the Spartans and Bulldogs since the epic triple-overtime showdown at the 2005 Maui Invitational. Game time is 8 p. m. at Breslin Center.
LANSING, MI – Fifty-five of 100 state troopers laid off this summer were back at work Monday. The Legislature budgeted money to rehire the troopers last month. But Governor Granholm delayed re-hiring the troopers. Granholm said she didn't want to restore the jobs if the troopers would be laid off again if there are more budget cuts in January.
Shanon Banner is with the Michigan State Police department.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm takes her campaign for revenue to college campuses this week. She will urge students and their families to press the Legislature to fund the Michigan Promise college scholarship, as well as restore other budget cuts.