In Michigan
11:57 am
Wed November 11, 2009

Okemos High School closed for the day

Okemos, MI –

Okemos High School has closed for the day due to a water quality issue.

Principal John Lanzetta says that at this time, it's unclear when the school will re-open.

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In Michigan
6:37 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

MI candidate Snyder calls for new budget approach

LANSING, MI –
GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder says Michigan needs to lay out its budget for two years and ask citizens what the spending priorities should be.

The Ann Arbor businessman on Tuesday unveiled what he calls "Value for Money Budgeting."

He says the current budget process responds too much to what lobbyists want and not enough to what citizens want their government to do.

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In Michigan
6:33 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Granholm presses for more revenue

MASON, MI – Governor Granholm is continuing to push Senate Republicans to support new revenue to restore money for schools facing big cuts.

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The governor's been meeting with parents and educators to try and get them to prod Republican lawmakers to support reducing business tax breaks, or new taxes on tobacco and beer to help reverse school cuts. School officials say they're already cutting programs and laying-off teachers.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Parents, school officials rally at Capitol

LANSING, MI –

About 800 parents, teachers, and school administrators were at the state Capitol Tuesday to demand more money for K-12 education. They are opposed to a new round of cuts to schools that are scheduled to begin later this month.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Panel rejects Granholm's plan to appoint directors

LANSING, MI –

A Michigan Senate committee has voted to reject Gov. Jennifer Granholm's order letting her appoint two department directors now named by commissions.

The Republican-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee also voted Tuesday to reject the Democratic governor's plan to combine the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Quality.

The panel instead voted along party lines to make the Department of Environmental Quality an agency under the Department of Natural Resources.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

East Lansing Parents To Discuss School Cuts

EAST LANSING, MI –

Parents in East Lansing will have a chance to discuss the possible effects of budget cuts in the school district, at an all-district parent council meeting on Tuesday night.

Superintendant Dave Chapin addressed an expected deficit of $2,000,000 at Monday night's school board meeting.

Chapin says up to three elementary schools could be closed; sixth-graders could be moved to McDonald Middle School; and, transportation could be cut or eliminated.

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In Michigan
4:40 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

MI Senate Republicans discusses revenue options

LANSING, MI – State Senate Republican leaders say it is possible to freeze the tax credit for working poor families without risking the loss of federal funds.

The Senate's top financial advisor told lawmakers Tuesday that Governor Granholm is technically correct in her argument that freezing the credit makes the state ineligible for some matching funds from the federal government. But the Senate Fiscal Agency says there are ways around that.

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In Michigan
3:46 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Mich. gov tries to rally support for schools money

MASON, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm says school officials and parents must persuade lawmakers more needs to be done to shore up education funding in Michigan.

The Democratic governor on Tuesday again called on the Republican-led Senate to immediately vote on proposals that would prevent some school funding cuts.

Granholm spoke with reporters Tuesday after meeting with school officials in Mason. She says lawmakers could pass short-term fixes now but a ballot proposal might be needed to make longer-term changes.

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In Michigan
3:41 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Mike Nofs sworn into state Senate

LANSING, MI – Republican state Senator Mike Nofs was sworn into the Michigan state Senate on Tuesday. Nofs was elected in a special election to fill the Senate seat left empty by Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer when he left for Washington in January.

Nofs thanked Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop for his support on the campaign trail.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

East Lansing schools grapple with funding cuts

EAST LANSING, MI – East Lansing school administrators and parents will begin talking this week about how to tackle looming cuts in state funding.

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The district has already reduced spending for the current school year by more than $1 million. Now, East Lansing schools are faced with more cuts that could add up to an additional $2 million.

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