LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she will use her line item veto power to free up money in the state budget to restore proposed cuts to Medicaid, local governments, and college scholarships.
AUDIO: Governor Granholm says payments to doctors and nursing homes that take Medicaid patients, local police and fire services, and the Michigan Promise scholarship are too crucial to endure the big cuts in budgets approved by the Legislature.
Lansing, MI – The Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network says a political fund set up by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero could lead to accusations that the city has a "pay to play" system of awarding contracts. The City Administrative Account has collected about $200,000 since it was created when Bernero took office in 2006.
DETROIT – The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment done as part of an effort to upgrade the Detroit-to-Chicago rail line for high-speed service.
The environmental assessment details proposed upgrades to tracks, trains and amenities.
Among the changes, a new station would be built in Troy to replace a station in Birmingham; a new station would be built in Dearborn combining two existing stations; and the Battle Creek station would be overhauled.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is expected to resume signing and vetoing parts of budget bills this week. At the same time, she and the Legislature still have to decide how they will pay for spending plans.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Ben Gordon scored 22 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 as the new-look Detroit Pistons remained undefeated in the preseason with a 100-91 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.
The Pistons are now 3-0 even though Charlie Villanueva (hamstring) has yet to play. Richard Hamilton and Will Bynum combined for 26 more points, helping Detroit overcome just eight points from its starting frontcourt.
Marvin Williams led the Hawks (1-1) with 19 points, while Othello Hunter had 14 and rookie Jeff Teague scored 12.