LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has increased the pressure on the Legislature to raise more money for schools. She says a growing shortfall in the School Aid Fund will require an additional cut to schools of $127 per pupil.
The new cut would bring the total loss to schools in this budget to almost $300 for every student.
LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm is ordering another round of funding cuts for public schools already hard hit by Michigan's state budget problems.
The Democratic governor on Thursday ordered that school funding be slashed by $127 per student. The reduction would take effect in 30 days and would come out of a basic grant that is supposed to provide schools a minimum of $7,316 per student.
Republicans say Granholm is fabricating a school budget crisis in order to put pressure on them to increase taxes to raise more money for education.
LANSING, MI – Ingham County officials have launched a new program for people who don't have bank accounts. County Treasurer Eric Schertzing says several area credit unions and banks will offer low-interest loans and other low-cost financial services.
Schertzing says there are 8,400 households in the City of Lansing who don't use bank accounts to manage their finances.
LANSING, MI – Local government officials are warning police officers and firefighters will be laid off if the state follows through with a double-digit cut in payments to cities and counties. A couple hundred of them marched Thursday on the state Capitol to protest the $145 million reduction in state aid to local governments.