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.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's unemployment rate of 15.3% was once again the highest in the nation last month. Nevada is in second place at a full two points lower than Michigan's rate. Nevada is struggling with a downturn in tourism and construction.
Michigan's unemployment increases have largely tracked the national increases since June. But the state suffered big job losses in the first half of the year.
Jim Rhein is with the state Department of Labor and Economic Growth.
LANSING, MI – Underage drinkers would be able to seek medical attention for themselves or their friends without risking a Minor-In-Possession citation under new legislation.
The state House passed the bill Wednesday.
Democratic Representative Mark Meadows used to be the mayor of East Lansing, where Michigan State University is located. He says he sponsored this legislation because of a few alcohol-related deaths on MSU's campus while he was mayor.
DETROIT, MI – Michigan's governor hasn't decided where she'll make cuts in the budget bills on her desk.
Speaking at a plug-in electric vehicle conference Wednesday in Detroit, Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she doesn't have enough money to fund everything in the six bills because of declining revenues.
She has vetoed spending in other budget bills she has signed.
Granholm says she wants to make sure "we do this right."
LANSING, MI – The Michigan State Board of Education has called an emergency meeting to discuss the school funding crisis. The new K-12 education budget cuts schools by $165 for every student. Governor Granholm says more cuts are coming if the Legislature does not come up with a plan for funding schools. The board of education will meet Monday morning. Board President Kathleen Straus says the crisis is too urgent to wait for the board's regular meeting in two and a half weeks.
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.