Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP) Michigan plans to schedule the bulk of its six upcoming unpaid furlough days for most state employees on Fridays in June, July, August and September. That is expected to close many state offices on those days except for essential services.
The state says Friday that where "administratively feasible" the furlough days will be June 19, July 6, July 24, August 7, August 21 and September 4.
Ingham County has its first confirmed case of the H1N1 flu virus. County Medical Director Dean Sienko says the virus was confirmed in a 49-year-old man by the Michigan Department of Community Health. The man has NOT been hospitalized and is recovering.
County officials say they anticipate more confirmed cases in Ingham County, as the H1N1 virus continues to spread throughout the world.
Lansing, MI – Michigan's budget director says state departments will be asked to submit 8% cuts for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
Lawmakers still are working on budget bills for the next fiscal year based on Gov. Jennifer Granholm's February proposal. But with revenues shrinking, budget director Bob Emerson said Friday that departments are being asked to trim 8% from that earlier plan.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR Radio) Many Lansing-area GM dealers are still waiting for notification from the automaker that their franchise agreements will not be renewed. General Motors began sending letters to 1,100 dealerships across the country Thursday.
GM says it wants underperforming retailers who sell fewer than 35 cars each year to "wind down" by the end of 2010. The company has chosen not to release its dealer closure list.
Midland, MI – Midland, MI (AP) Dow Chemical Co. says it wants to create a $665 million facility to manufacture advanced batteries in Midland.
Dow Chairman and Chief Executive Andrew Liveris announced Thursday at the company's annual meeting that KD Advanced Battery Group has listed Midland as its preferred site for the project on an application for federal funding. The group is a partnership of Midland-based Dow, Missouri-based Kokam America Inc. and others.
Lansing, MI – Lansing, Mich. (AP) The state of Michigan still is trying to determine exactly how it will schedule furlough days for roughly 38,000 of its employees.
The move is expected to save the state about $21.7 million. It is part of a plan to eliminate a projected $1.3 billion budget deficit in an executive order issued by Gov. Jennifer Granholm last week. More than half of the state's 53,000 state employees will be required to take at least six furlough days before Sept. 30.
Republican state senators unveiled a plan Thursday to ensure medical care for poor people who do not have health coverage. The legislation would create a pool that would be funded by all the companies that sell insurance in Michigan, and by fees charged to doctors and hospitals. The MI-Health fund would cover people well below the poverty line.
A GM car dealer in Okemos says he expects several car dealerships in mid-Michigan will get bad news from General Motors Friday. General Motors is thinning the ranks of dealerships nationwide to make those remaining more profitable.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR Radio) Chrysler has identified four Lansing area dealerships it wants to shut down due to Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The dropped dealers include Story Chrysler Jeep on Michigan Avenue in Lansing and Beacon Sales in Charlotte.