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Current State #67 | April 16, 2013

Apr 16, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing city budget; Red Cedar now open for fishing ; Wharton Center reveals new season; and a Public Poetry Announcement with Carl Phillips.

Council member Dunbar on 2014 city budget

Apr 16, 2013
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Yesterday the Lansing City Council continued discussions about one of the most challenging parts of next fiscal year’s budget--spending for city police services.  Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed spending plan for the 2014 fiscal year includes a $700,000 cut to the police budget. 

State officials say they don’t expect they’ll have to lay off employees due to the loss of 150 million dollars in federal funds this year and next.

Current State #52 | March 26, 2013

Mar 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Curtis Hertel on plans to run for Senate; former congressman advocates for mental health; Lansing City Council president's response to budget proposal; and measuring water quality over the years in the Great Lakes.

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero formally presented his proposed 2014 budget to the city council on Monday, March 25.  The much anticipated proposal comes just days after an independent review team issued an ambitious set of recommendations to shore up Lansing’s long-term financial standing.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery attended last night’s council meeting and files this report.

Also to discuss the proposal is Lansing City Council president Carol Wood.

Current State #49 | March 21, 2013

Mar 21, 2013

Today on Current State: budget cuts for Lansing police; dancer Nic Gareiss; Dr. Shannon Manning on drug-resistant bacteria; the Ann Arbor Film Festival; and CAFOs for livestock.

Lansing police respond to budget cut pressure

Mar 21, 2013
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Police and firefighters in the city of Lansing are under pressure to make concessions to improve the city’s short and long-term budget woes.  Last week, a long-awaited report from the city’s blue ribbon “Financial Health Team” called for a million dollars to be cut from the police department’s budget.  

Discussing the issue is the President of the Lansing Fraternal Order of Police---the police officers and supervisors’ union---Tom Krug and from the city of Lansing, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Service, Chad Gamble.

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Governor Rick Snyder’s budget proposal includes some big spending increases for road repairs and early childhood learning.

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Michigan's budget director says the state budget picture remains stable despite softer-than-expected economic growth.

Michigan May Be Short Revenue For Next Budget

Jan 3, 2013
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Michigan's government may close last budget year with $1.2 billion on hand, but it will be needed to balance the current budget.

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Local governments in Michigan are bracing for more revenue cutting. Last Friday, the state legislature approved a measure that would repeal Michigan’s so-called ‘Personal Property Tax.’ 

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In Lansing, a panel of prominent business and civic leaders is diving into an  initiative with far-ranging implications. Last week, Mayor Virg Bernero announced the formation of a ‘Financial Health Team’ to study how the city might--over time--move beyond chronic budget deficits.   Bernero called it his “most serious and important endeavor.” The team--headed by former Mayor Dave Hollister--will explore whether the time has come for a new model of municipal finance. 

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Now that the budget’s done, Governor Rick Snyder goes to work on his goals for the balance of the summer. He spent a few minutes with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta just after he signed the new state budget.

RICK PLUTA:  Governor, thanks for sitting down with us.  So, just name one thing in this budget that you consider to be a really major accomplishment.

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A budget for schools, universities, and community colleges is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder.

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Two versions of a proposed Lansing city budget go before Lansing Board of Water and Light commissioners today.

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