LANSING, MI – Corrections Department officials testified before a state Senate committee that they have had little contact with the federal government regarding the future of the Standish maximum security prison. Representatives from the White House toured the facility in August as a potential site for Guantanamo Bay prisoners.
The Department of Corrections says it has only been contacted once since August by federal officials who toured the Standish prison.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she had no choice but to use her veto power to find savings in the school aid budget. The most controversial cut might be to extra payments that go to the state's highest-spending school districts.
She says that was necessary because schools are underfunded. And she says across-the-board cuts might occur later in this school year unless the Legislature comes up with more money for K-12 education.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm expects the last bills that make up the state budget to arrive on her desk as soon as Tuesday. She signed the budget to fund K-12 schools on Monday. The school budget reflects a cut of 165 dollars for every student. But even with a big cut, there's not enough money in the School Aid Fund to cover K-12 spending for the balance of the fiscal year. That means the governor and state lawmakers have to come up with more money.
LANSING, MI – The Repubican-controlled state Senate has released the remaining six budgets to Governor Granholm. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop met privately with Granholm last week and agreed to hand over the budgets, which deal with money for corrections, local government revenue sharing and Medicaid. The state is operating under a temporary budget which expires at the end of the month. Granholm will speak on these budgets, as well as her line-item vetoes to the K-12 schools budget this afternoon.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing School District says H1N1 flu vaccinations for students will begin Monday, November 2.
The Ingham County Health Department will conduct several clinics throughout the district through November 12. Lansing School District spokesperson Steve Serkaian says parents of younger children in particular need to be involved.