pay cuts en In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . <p><strong>Ballot rulings expected Friday</strong></p><p>"The state Supreme Court is expected to rule Friday on challenges to four questions that could go on the November ballot. The challenges focused on the wording of the proposals, and whether they fully explain how they would change the Michigan Constitution.The questions at issue would guarantee collective bargaining rights in the state constitution, allow an expansion of non-tribal casinos, require two-thirds super-majorities for the Legislature to raise taxes,&nbsp; and make it harder to build a new international bridge in Detroit. Three other questions have already been approved for the ballot. The deadline to finalize the ballot is a week away," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Detroit police pay cuts</strong></p><p>"The city of Detroit can move forward on cutting police officers' pay by 10 percent and implementing 12-hour work shifts. Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen MacDonald lifted an injunction Thursday, allowing Detroit to impose $75 million in police cuts. City leaders say the cuts are necessary to help trim the budget deficit.<br>Detroit Police Officers Association President Joe Duncan filed a lawsuit to stop the pay cuts and longer work shifts. Police Chief Ralph Godbee says about 1,500 patrol officers will work the longer shifts in an effort to cut costs, while keeping more officers on city streets," Vince Duffy reports.</p><p><strong>Mitten fight makes money</strong></p><p>"A good-natured PR war between Michigan and Wisconsin has won a national award. Last December, Wisconsin began using a brown knitted mitten in its winter tourism campaign. That prompted an outcry from many in Michigan, who consider this the true mitten state. The two states' travel associations used the publicity to raise money to buy mittens and gloves for those in need. This week a national travel association gave both states an award for the effort. According to the association the controversy resulted in 17-milion dollar worth of free media coverage," Lindsey Smith reports.</p><p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:56:25 +0000 Emily Fox 8894 at In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Ficano's 20% county worker pay cut upheld <p>Today, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that when Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano <a href="">imposed 20 percent pay cuts</a> on county workers, he was acting within his rights, reports the <a href="|head">Detroit Free Press</a>.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:09:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8536 at Ficano's 20% county worker pay cut upheld Bing cuts Detroit city worker pay, benefits despite City Council's disapproval <p>Today, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing decided to go ahead and impose new contract terms that will cut wages by 10 percent and drastically change their work rules for many of Detroit&#39;s city union workers.</p><p>This decision comes after the Detroit City Council <a href="">voted down</a> the proposed plan yesterday, 5-4.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:05:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8327 at Bing cuts Detroit city worker pay, benefits despite City Council's disapproval Local Control and Health Care <p></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">As you may know by now, the Michigan Legislature passed a bill&nbsp; yesterday limiting how much local governments and schools can spend to provide health care for their employees.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">The new law, which Governor Snyder is expected to sign, says local governments can contribute a maximum of fifty-five hundred dollars an employee, or fifteen thousand dollars a family.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Their only other option is to split health coverage cost with the employees, as long as the workers pay at least twenty percent.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Local governments can opt out of these requirements, but it won&rsquo;t be easy. They&rsquo;d have to do so by a two-thirds vote of their council or school board, and take a new vote every year.</font></font></font></font></p><p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 15:04:19 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3912 at Local Control and Health Care Flint's mayor, city council may soon take a pay cut <p>Flint faces <a href="">serious budget problems</a>. The city is struggling to absorb a nearly $20 million&nbsp;budget deficit. The state recently approved the city&rsquo;s plan to <a href="">sell $8 million&nbsp;in bonds </a>to reduce its debt. The city has also <a href="">laid off</a> a hundred&nbsp; workers this fiscal year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>This evening, the city is expected to take another, though much smaller step to reduce spending.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Flint&rsquo;s Local Officers Compensation Committee meets tonight to decide whether to impose a ten percent pay cut for the mayor and city council. The cut would translate into about a ten thousand dollar cut in pay to the mayor and a few thousand dollars each for Flint&rsquo;s 9 city council members. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:35:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 1831 at Flint's mayor, city council may soon take a pay cut