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Radio Made in Michigan
1:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

EL budget aims more spending at roads

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas says the city is shifting its focus to infrastructure, including streets and sidewalks.
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East Lansing officials are working on the city’s budget for the coming fiscal year. The $32.7 million spending plan features a small millage rate cut for 2015. There will be meetings and public forums on the budget over the next few weeks.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Council Member Wood says Lansing budget should 'impact quality of life'

Once they receive the budget, the Lansing city council will compare their priorities and seek public for opinion before it is voted on.
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After close to 10 years in office, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero enjoyed a first last night:  The chance to submit a city budget plan with a surplus. Despite being slightly in the black for fiscal year 2015, Bernero describes his $18 million spending plan as conservative and cautious.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:47 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Senate sponsor says Balanced Budget Amendment needed to reign in spending

Sen. Mike Green
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In his recent State of the State address, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder called on the state legislature to join 20 other states already prodding the federal government to enact a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Mon January 27, 2014

MSU economist highlights drawbacks of Balanced Budget Amendment

MSU economist Charley Ballard
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Current State's discussion on a proposed Balanced Budget Amendment continued with MSU economist Charley Ballard.

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NewsRoom
5:26 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Snyder Wants To Eliminate Early Childhood Program Backlog In Next Budget

Governor Rick Snyder signed the new state budget Thursday.

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NewsRoom
4:37 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Legislature Finishes Work On Budget, Medicaid Expansion And Common Core On Hold

A budget for next fiscal year is awaiting Governor Rick Snyder’s signature.

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NewsRoom
3:26 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Education Budget Clears State Legislature And Goes To Governor Snyder’s Desk

The state Senate has approved an education budget that would boost public school funding by about three percent.

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NewsRoom
3:11 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Snyder Says Fight In Legislature Slows Budget Deal

Governor Rick Snyder’s early June deadline to finish the budget, come up with more money for roads, and expand the Medicaid program is fast approaching.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:40 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Michigan's transportation overhaul includes more than roads

While public transportation like the Lansing-area CATA bus system is useful for citizens, organizations like Trans4m look into other non-motorized forms of transportation.
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Voices across Michigan---from Governor Rick Snyder to thousands of ordinary citizens---are calling for improvements to the state’s transportation infrastructure.  

One Lansing-based policy organization---Transportation for Michigan---is promoting that discussion.

Trans4m, ​as it's called, constitutes a coalition of diverse groups focusing on funding and on projects that often involve non-motorized transportation.  

Trans4m Executive Director Kathryn Gray speaks with Current State about what this overhaul means.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:23 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Current State #72 | April 23, 2013

Today on Current State: Councilwoman Jessica Yorko on city budget; the drawbacks of dredging; dispute over Ingham county recordkeeping; and Angela Wittrock with Lansing business news.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Councilwoman Yorko on city budget

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Jessica Yorko.
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The Lansing City Council continued discussions of Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed 2014 budget yesterday.  This time, the council focused on Bernero’s  spending plan for the city’s fire department.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:31 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Current State #67 | April 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:25 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Council member Dunbar on 2014 city budget

Kathie Dunbar is also the Executive Director of the South Lansing Community Development Association
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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. 

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NewsRoom
6:03 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

State Will Lose $150 Million To Sequester

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:52 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Current State #52 | March 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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Radio Made in Michigan
4:35 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Lansing city council president responds to Bernero's budget proposal

Along with Lansing mayor Virg Bernero's budget announcement came the news that the deficit is not $9 million, but actually $5 million.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:14 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Current State #49 | March 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Lansing police respond to budget cut pressure

Tom Krug says Mayor Bernero's administration has not asked the police union for any input on potential cuts.
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
5:15 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Snyder Budget Plan Includes More Taxes, Money For Schools, Colleges

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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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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Mich. Budget Chief Says Revenue Is Mostly Stable

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

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Michigan May Be Short Revenue For Next Budget

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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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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Mayor Bernero Blasts PPT Measure

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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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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Amid Some Skepticism, Lansing Panel Launches Financial Review

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team' last week in city hall.
Mark Bashore WKAR

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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NewsRoom
8:31 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Snyder Signs New State Budget, Turns to Summer Priorities

Gov. Rick Snyder
Courtesy State of Michigan

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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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Education Budget Headed to Snyder

WKAR file photo

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

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NewsRoom
3:11 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Lansing Council Leaders, Mayor Hope to Sway BWL Board

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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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NewsRoom
7:09 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Bernero Drops Plan to Consolidate Police Ops

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he is temporarily dropping a plan to consolidate city police operations in a single location.

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NewsRoom
2:31 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

EL Official: Library Millages Could Begin Pause in Tax Hikes

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The East Lansing City Council votes tonight on a proposed budget that could give residents some short-term relief from tax hikes.

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NewsRoom
5:38 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Bernero Explains Proposed 2013 City Budget

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero is presenting his proposed 2013 budget to the city council.  Last November, voters approved a public safety millage that enabled the city to reduce its projected deficit to between $5 million and $7 million -- roughly half of what it was last year.  But to close the remaining gap, the mayor’s plan asks many city employees to either take up to 26 days off without pay or pay more for their health insurance and pensions.  Mayor Bernero tells WKAR’s Kevin Lavery that the furlough days are on a sliding scale.

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