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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. 

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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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.

Bernero Drops Plan to Consolidate Police Ops

May 16, 2012
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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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The East Lansing City Council votes tonight on a proposed budget that could give residents some short-term relief from tax hikes.

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.