federal budget http://michiganradio.org en How the $1 trillion federal budget deal might help Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/how-1-trillion-federal-budget-deal-might-help-michigan <p>What a difference three months makes.</p><p>After the knock-down, drag-out budget debacle that shut the government down in October, here we are in January. And, perhaps goaded by the furious reaction of most Americans to last fall’s budget showdown, last week saw both chambers of Congress quietly and meekly passing a $1 trillion federal budget deal.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler joined us today to talk about this deal.</span></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 02:15:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 16099 at http://michiganradio.org How the $1 trillion federal budget deal might help Michigan Federal budget sequestration cuts affect Battle Creek airshow http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-budget-sequestration-cuts-affect-battle-creek-airshow <p>The effect of the federal budget sequestration can be seen this week at a popular air show in Battle Creek.</p><p></p><p>Or more accurately, won’t be seen.</p><p></p><p>Since the late 1980’s, the Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon festival in Battle Creek has featured high performance military aircraft. &nbsp;Not this year.</p><p></p><p>The federal budget sequestration has grounded a lot of the aircraft the U-S military routinely sends to airshows.</p><p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:32:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13384 at http://michiganradio.org Federal budget sequestration cuts affect Battle Creek airshow Some federal employees in Michigan face snow, wind to protest sequestration http://michiganradio.org/post/some-federal-employees-michigan-face-snow-wind-protest-sequestration <p>A number of federal employees took part in protests in six Michigan cities Wednesday afternoon. The events were part of a national campaign opposing sequestration, the automatic spending cuts to the federal budget that are already taking effect.</p><p>Kyle Austin has been working at the social security administration in Grand Rapids for 35 years. He admits, not everyone knows or necessarily seems to&nbsp;care about sequestration.</p><p>“It worries me because we’re the front line people. We see these people. Congress doesn’t,” Austin said.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:11:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11792 at http://michiganradio.org Some federal employees in Michigan face snow, wind to protest sequestration Nixon says no budget cuts for month http://michiganradio.org/post/nixon-says-no-budget-cuts-month <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's budget director says he doesn't expect automatic federal budget cuts scheduled to take effect Friday to start hitting state programs for a month.</p><p>John Nixon told The Associated Press on Tuesday he expects there will be "real cuts to real people."</p><p>But he says it's too early to know the true impact on jobs and Michigan residents, and he doesn't think the Obama administration knows yet either.</p><p>Federal dollars supply more than half Michigan's budget. Nixon says he's hearing from experts that cuts won't hit state government immediately because the federal budget is funded through March 27.</p><p>Big program like Medicaid and food stamps won't be affected. But Nixon says he's concerned about cuts to home heating assistance, food aid for low-income pregnant women and job training.<br>&nbsp; Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:13:12 +0000 The Associated Press 11424 at http://michiganradio.org Nixon says no budget cuts for month Stateside: One Detroiter's opportunity to speak directly to lawmakers http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-one-detroiters-opportunity-speak-directly-lawmakers <p>Not many people have the opportunity to speak directly with legislators about priorities within the federal budget, but Detroit area resident Mary Kate Cartmill is going to get that opportunity this week.</p><p>Cartmill has been chosen to meet on Capitol Hill this week with legislators to discuss the impact federal spending cuts will have on the poorest and most at-risk people here at home.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Cartmill about her upcoming experience.</p><p><em>You can listen to the full Stateside interview above</em>.</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:10:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 11412 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: One Detroiter's opportunity to speak directly to lawmakers Stateside: Per capita income increases in Michigan, still below national average http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-capita-income-increases-michigan-still-below-national-average <p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/99999999/NEWS03/399990180/Database-Per-capita-personal-income-by-Michigan-county?odyssey=mod|dnmiss|umbrella|1">A new report</a> from the United States Commerce Department found that economic recovery is occurring in Michigan. According to the survey, per capita personal income rose in nearly every Michigan county last year.</p><p>Charley Ballard, Michigan State University Professor of Economics explained that although improving, Michigan’s economy still has further to go. &nbsp;</p><p>Ballard began by defining the factors of per capita income.</p><p>“It’s their wages and salaries. It also included dividends and social security. It doesn’t include Medicare. They add up all of the income of all the people in Michigan and then divide by the number of people,” said Ballard.</p><p>Though improved, Michigan is still well below the national average of per capita income.</p><p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:34:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10083 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Per capita income increases in Michigan, still below national average US Congressmen Amash, Huizenga weigh in on “sequestration” debate http://michiganradio.org/post/us-congressmen-amash-huizenga-weigh-sequestration-debate <p>President Obama and leaders in Congress will need to agree on a way to reduce the federal budget deficit to avoid automatic, sweeping cuts in January. There&rsquo;s concern that the cuts could have a damaging effect on the economy and military programs.</p><p>The cuts are looming because Congress authorized the federal government to borrow more money last summer. In exchange, a bi-partisan <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/supercommittee">super committee </a>(Michigan Congressmen Dave Camp and Fred Upton served on the committee) was supposed to come up with a plan to cut the federal deficit. But that committee failed.</p><p>Congressman Justin Amash says, yeah, he called it.</p><p>&quot;&hellip;That they would raise the debt ceiling, borrow more and then later on say &lsquo;oh we don&rsquo;t want to do these cuts&rsquo; and that&rsquo;s exactly what&rsquo;s happening,&rdquo; Amash said.</p><p>Amash, who represents Michigan&rsquo;s 3<sup>rd</sup>district, was the only Republican from Michigan to vote against what he says was a &ldquo;phony plan&rdquo; to begin with. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 22:12:20 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8620 at http://michiganradio.org US Congressmen Amash, Huizenga weigh in on “sequestration” debate Former Governor Engler: No kicking the can http://michiganradio.org/post/former-governor-engler-no-kicking-can <p>Former Michigan Governor John Engler says politicians in Washington need to make important decisions now, despite the general election coming in November.</p><p>Engler is now President of Business Roundtable, a national association of CEOs.</p><p>He says politicians have a lot of tough decisions to make to keep the U.S. competitive globally. That includes decisions on energy and education; but most importantly, he says, decisions about the tax code and the federal deficit. Engler says those decisions need to made as quickly as possible.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:58:29 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7058 at http://michiganradio.org Former Governor Engler: No kicking the can Traverse City may lose its federal courthouse http://michiganradio.org/post/traverse-city-may-lose-its-federal-courthouse <p>The federal courthouse in Traverse City is on a list of 60 nationwide&nbsp;that may face closure.</p><p>The federal government is considering closing up to 60 courthouse across the country as part of an effort to cut costs.</p><p>Documents obtained by The Associated Press show federal courthouses facilities in 29 states could be on the chopping block.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many of the court sites are in rural areas and critics say closing them could make it more difficult for people to get to court proceedings.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 23:01:01 +0000 The Associated Press & Steve Carmody 6749 at http://michiganradio.org Traverse City may lose its federal courthouse Senator Stabenow “disappointed” in super committee; pushes Agriculture plan http://michiganradio.org/post/senator-stabenow-%E2%80%9Cdisappointed%E2%80%9D-super-committee-pushes-agriculture-plan <p>U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow says she&rsquo;s &ldquo;disappointed&rdquo; the congressional super committee did not come to an agreement to cut the federal budget deficit.</p><p>Stabenow chairs the Senate&rsquo;s Agriculture committee. The committee (along with the House Agriculture Committee) came up with bipartisan recommendations to cut $23 billion from the Department of Agriculture.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 04:16:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5096 at http://michiganradio.org Senator Stabenow “disappointed” in super committee; pushes Agriculture plan Amash says he's gaining support for plan to balance federal budget http://michiganradio.org/post/amash-says-hes-gaining-support-plan-balance-federal-budget <p>Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) is pushing for a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget. Amash<a href="http://amash.house.gov/sites/amash.house.gov/files/BCBBA%20-%20legislative%20and%20plain%20text.pdf"> shared his proposal </a>with a group of college students Monday night and he&rsquo;ll host a town hall meeting Tuesday night in Barry County.</p><p>Amash is one of 66 Republicans who voted against raising the debt ceiling back in August. He says he&rsquo;d vote against a deal again if &ldquo;it&rsquo;s not very serious&rdquo; about reducing federal spending.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 01:36:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4319 at http://michiganradio.org Amash says he's gaining support for plan to balance federal budget How would you fix the federal budget deficit? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-would-you-fix-federal-budget-deficit <p>Congressman Fred Upton is looking for your ideas on how to reduce the federal budget deficit.</p><p>Upton is one of twelve lawmakers selected to serve on a special Congressional committee that will try to come up with a compromise on long-term spending.</p><p>Seven of the twelve lawmakers on the special committee will have to agree on a proposal in order to get it to the full Congress for approval. Last month, Upton called it &ldquo;an enormous task.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 20:00:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4171 at http://michiganradio.org How would you fix the federal budget deficit? Upton calls work to reduce long-term spending “an enormous task” http://michiganradio.org/post/upton-calls-work-reduce-long-term-spending-%E2%80%9C-enormous-task%E2%80%9D <p>Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph)&nbsp;discussed the U.S. economy, health care reform, and the future of Social Security at a forum in Kalamazoo Monday.</p><p>Upton is one of twelve lawmakers selected to serve on a special Congressional committee. That committee will try to determine a compromise on long-term spending to help reduce the federal deficit.</p><p>Upton says the federal debt is &ldquo;unsustainable&rdquo;. He says the way to fix it is to get the economy moving so more people can get a job.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:25:39 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3769 at http://michiganradio.org Upton calls work to reduce long-term spending “an enormous task” President Obama talks economy, political gridlock in Holland http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-talks-economy-political-gridlock-holland <p>President Obama toured an advanced battery manufacturing plant in Holland Michigan this afternoon. The newly retooled plant will produce batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles.</p><p>The facility is one of two new advanced battery plants in Holland that recieved money from president Obama&rsquo;s stimulus package. The president called the plant &ldquo;one the most advanced factories in the world.&rdquo;</p><p>He says the new plant is <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/holland-hopes-become-leader-advanced-battery-manufacturing">leading the way in the advanced battery industry.</a></p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;That just doesn&rsquo;t mean jobs in Michigan you&rsquo;re buying equipment and parts from suppliers in Florida and New Mexico and Ohio and Wisconsin and all across America.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.mediaplayer?STATION_NAME=michigan&amp;MEDIA_ID=981587&amp;MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&amp;MODULE=news">Listen to Obama&#39;s full 25 minute speech here. </a> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 21:46:09 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3712 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama talks economy, political gridlock in Holland Congressman Hansen Clark talks federal budget and debt ceiling (audio) http://michiganradio.org/post/congressman-hansen-clark-talks-federal-budget-and-debt-ceiling-audio <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-978280.mp3</p><p>A CBS poll on Monday shows 66% of Americans want an approach to balancing the federal budget that includes both spending cuts and tax increases.</p><p>Michigan Democratic Congressman Hansen Clarke talks about his concerns regarding the battle in Washington DC over the debt ceiling and budget negotiations. He says consumer debt is the real problem.</p><p>In the interview Clarke says:</p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 22:06:04 +0000 Jennifer White, Zoe Clark & Mercedes Mejia 3387 at http://michiganradio.org Congressman Hansen Clark talks federal budget and debt ceiling (audio) Michigan politics: debt ceiling talks and the federal budget http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-politics-debt-ceiling-talks-and-federal-budget <p>Negotiations over the debt ceiling and federal budget continue in Washington D. C.&nbsp;</p><p>Here in Michigan the still fragile state economy seems to be slowly improving with a recent uptick in job growth. But if the nation defaults on its debt, how is Michigan affected? Economically and politically?</p><p>In our weekly political conversation we talk with Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow for Public Sector Consultants.</p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:47:36 +0000 Jennifer White 3321 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan politics: debt ceiling talks and the federal budget Moody's puts U.S. credit rating on review for possible downgrade http://michiganradio.org/post/moodys-puts-us-credit-rating-review-possible-downgrade As the clock ticks down to the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling, Moody's Investor Service became the first of the big-three rating agencies to put the United States' Aaa credit rating on review for possible downgrade.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/07/13/us/news-us-usa-ratings-moodys.html?_r=2">Reuters reports:</a><p><blockquote><p>In a statement, Moody's said it sees a "rising possibility that the statutory debt limit will not be raised on a timely basis, leading to a default on U.S. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 22:08:42 +0000 Mark Memmott & Eyder Peralta 3297 at http://michiganradio.org Tea Party Caucus and budget negotiations (audio) http://michiganradio.org/post/tea-party-caucus-and-budget-negotiations-audio <p>The divide over budget and debt ceiling talks continues between Congressional Republicans and Democrats. Within the Republican Party, the Tea Party Caucus is a prominent voice against any deal that contains tax increases.</p><p>Republican Congressman Tim Walberg represents Michigan&rsquo;s 7<sup>th</sup> district and is a member of the Tea Party Caucus. He spoke with Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White about what he thinks it might take for both Republicans and Democrats to agree on a budget.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-977264.mp3 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:35:39 +0000 Jennifer White, Zoe Clark & Mercedes Mejia 3267 at http://michiganradio.org Tea Party Caucus and budget negotiations (audio) Budget Workshop (audio) http://michiganradio.org/post/budget-workshop-audio <p>Michigan Democratic Congressman Gary Peters is partnering with the non-partisan Concord Coalition to present a town hall forum tonight.</p><p>Peters and the Coalition will lay out some facts and details of the federal government&rsquo;s revenue and expenses, and then people will break into groups to talk about how to balance the budget. Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White sat down with Peters to get more on the forum.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-975324.mp3</p><p>Democratic and Republican leaders are locked in an ongoing struggle over the federal budget.</p><p>Congressman Peters says:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We&rsquo;ve got a standoff in Washington. People aren&rsquo;t working together. There are a lot of special interests involved pulling and tugging there.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The goal of the forum is to introduce some non-partisan, common-sense problem solving in to the mix, according to Peters.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:32:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3056 at http://michiganradio.org Budget Workshop (audio) Federal workers protest possible government shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-workers-protest-possible-government-shutdown <p>At Social Security Offices across the nation&nbsp;Wednesday workers stood outside and rallied against the looming government shutdown. Workers say House Republicans&rsquo; proposal to cut nearly $2 billion in SSA funding would lead to incredible delays for people in need.</p><p>Kathy Jackson works directly with individuals making Social Security claims. She says a shutdown could harm some of the nation&rsquo;s most vulnerable people who aren&rsquo;t able to manage delay&rsquo;s as well as others.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;If you&rsquo;re shut down for even two days, people have deadlines that they have to meet. The problem is a lot of our clients are disabled so a wait for them is not the same for you or I.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Jackson says if people aren&rsquo;t able to meet certain filing deadlines they can lose their eligibility for healthcare and housing programs that elderly, veterans, and disabled people need to survive. She says if people miss their chance because of a shutdown, they could be forced to start the process over.</p><p>Kenn Keillor&nbsp;&nbsp;is president of the Grand Rapids local AFGE union. He says the House Republican&rsquo;s proposal would mean a loss of 200-thousand jobs that both workers and people receiving services rely on.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&quot;I&rsquo;m a lot more effective inside doing my job than I am sitting at home drawing unemployment. If you don&rsquo;t want welfare, then you&rsquo;ve got to pay workers enough to raise their families. It&rsquo;s not going to help anybody if we&rsquo;re sent home on Monday.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Keillor says federal employees across the country plan to head to work Monday morning whether there is a shutdown or not. The AFGE union covers workers with the Social Security Administration, Veteran&rsquo;s Administration, Department of Defense and more than 30 other employee groups. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:46:52 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1950 at http://michiganradio.org Federal workers protest possible government shutdown