LANSING, MI – The state Senate on Wednesday voted to change the Legislature's rules to speed up the budget process. Senate lawmakers say a new rule should require the House and the Senate to adopt budget plans by June 1.
State Senator Alan Cropsey says budget negotiations should not have gone down to the wire in two of the last three years.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's administration formally notified thousands of state workers Tuesday that they will be laid off there is no budget deal by the October first deadline.
AUDIO: The letter was sent from state department directors to 52,000 state employees. It says state employees will be laid off effective a minute after midnight on October first if there is no budget in place.
Lansing, MI – US Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue says Michigan workers and businesses can recover from the recession by expanding trade with other countries. Donahue spoke Tuesday at the annual meeting of the state Chamber of Commerce.
Lansing, MI – Student Democrats at Michigan State University are expecting more than 200 people at a protest against TV and radio talk show host Glenn Beck. Beck is scheduled to speak Tuesday evening at the annual meeting of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in East Lansing.
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – A federal report says the government is moving so slowly to clean up the most polluted sites in the Great Lakes that it will take 77 more years to finish the job at the current pace.
The inspector general's office with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the report this week.