streets http://michiganradio.org en Grand Rapids considers extending income tax hike to pay for road improvements http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-considers-extending-income-tax-hike-pay-road-improvements <p>Voters in Grand Rapids could get a chance to vote on an income tax extension this year. The city wants to extend a temporary income tax hike to maintain roads and sidewalks.</p><p>Grand Rapids voters approved the temporary income tax hike in 2010. It’s paid for a number of projects that will lower the overall cost of running city government. That increase will expire in 2015.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:20:48 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15916 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids considers extending income tax hike to pay for road improvements Political Roundup: Proposed changes to Blue Cross-Blue Shield, no love for street lighting http://michiganradio.org/post/political-roundup-proposed-changes-blue-cross-blue-shield-no-love-street-lighting <p>On Thursdays we talk Michigan politics with Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p>This week, Governor Snyder proposed changes to how Blue Cross-Blue Shield, the state’s largest health insurance provider, will operate.&nbsp; Plus, legislation that would help Detroit and other cities provide street lighting seems dead, at least for now.</p><p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:24:15 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 9077 at http://michiganradio.org Political Roundup: Proposed changes to Blue Cross-Blue Shield, no love for street lighting Bing frustrated with delay as Lansing waits on light authority http://michiganradio.org/post/bing-frustrated-delay-lansing-waits-light-authority <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the pace of the city’s recovery is being slowed by delays in Lansing. The mayor says the Legislature is taking too long to create an independent authority to help Detroit and other cities keep their street lights on.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:59:40 +0000 Rick Pluta 8737 at http://michiganradio.org Bing frustrated with delay as Lansing waits on light authority Bing's plan to light up Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/bings-plan-light-detroit <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced a plan today that may help illuminate some of the city&#39;s darkest streets and freeways.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 17:48:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8633 at http://michiganradio.org Bing's plan to light up Detroit Paying to keep the street lights lit in Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/paying-keep-street-lights-lit-flint <p>Flint residents will get a chance this afternoon to have their say about a proposed fee increase to pay for city streetlights. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;But what they say may not be enough to prevent the fee from going into effect.</p><p>The city of Flint pays for keeping its streetlights lit with money from the city&rsquo;s general fund.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 7879 at http://michiganradio.org Paying to keep the street lights lit in Flint If you can't avoid potholes, track them http://michiganradio.org/post/if-you-cant-avoid-potholes-track-them <p>Before April showers can bring May flowers, January snows bring February potholes. Roads all across Michigan are showing the strain of the premature Spring thaw, with in some cases cavernous holes opening up.</p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:49:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 1278 at http://michiganradio.org If you can't avoid potholes, track them