budget http://michiganradio.org en The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-57 <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Emily Fox and Jack Lessenberry discuss how <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/30/after-hobby-lobby-these-77-corporations-will-drop-birth-control-coverage.html">Michigan businesses</a> will be affected by the US Supreme Court ruling that corporations don't have to include contraceptive coverage for employees for religious reasons, what the state is doing to prevent more<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/background-checks-coming-home-aid-workers-state-can-t-exclude-all-felons"> felons</a> from being home health care workers for Medicaid patients, and the new <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/superintendents-blast-education-budget">budget</a> bill for the state.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:25:11 +0000 Emily Fox & Jack Lessenberry 18234 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Big budget process predicted to be a "pain" http://michiganradio.org/post/big-budget-process-predicted-be-pain <p></p><p>State lawmakers are waist-deep in the big budget process. The mission is to iron out the differences in what the governor wants and what the House and Senate are willing to give.</p><p>It's looking like many differing views add up to lots of haggling, lots of need for compromise, and it has one State Senator talking like Mr. T as Clubber&nbsp;Lang in Rocky 3.&nbsp;</p><p>Kathy Gray of the Detroit Free Press joined us to explain why Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Roger Kahn is predicting "pain".&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the story above.</em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:27:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 17497 at http://michiganradio.org Big budget process predicted to be a "pain" President's budget cuts Great Lakes programs http://michiganradio.org/post/presidents-budget-cuts-great-lakes-programs <p>President Obama’s 2015 budget includes some cuts to Great Lakes programs.</p><p>Obama is asking for $275 million for the<a href="http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/glri/"> Great Lakes Restoration Initiative</a>. That would be $25 million less than the current funding level.</p><p>Todd Ambs is the campaign director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. He says if the cuts go through, you'd see projects slow down.</p><p>“Whether it’s a contaminated cleanup project that’s underway but not completed, or a habitat restoration effort or dealing with the problems of keeping aquatic invasive species out of the Great Lakes.”</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 16740 at http://michiganradio.org President's budget cuts Great Lakes programs Same-sex marriage, war against blight in Flint and Obama's budget proposal make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-marriage-war-against-blight-flint-and-obamas-budget-proposal-make-political-headlines <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockely discuss<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-same-sex-marriage-continues"> the trial</a> challenging Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, the mayor of Flint's proposal to fight blight in the city, and what President Obama's budget proposal could mean for Michigan.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:34:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16720 at http://michiganradio.org Same-sex marriage, war against blight in Flint and Obama's budget proposal make political headlines In this morning's headlines: More money in MI, power outage investigation, the good in polar vortex http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-more-money-mi-power-outage-investigation-good-polar-vortex <p><strong>Lawmakers kick off 2014 with a budget surplus</strong></p><p>"The state Legislature has kicked off its 2014 session. One of the first big debates of the new year will be about what to do with a projected budget surplus. Early estimates suggest the state will have hundreds of millions of dollars more than it expected," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>State regulators investigate utilities' response to massive power outage</strong></p><p>"State regulators will investigate how Michigan’s two largest electric utilities responded to a massive power outage last month. State regulators will not be investigating how the Lansing Board of Water and Light handled the same outage. They do not have jurisdiction over municipal utilities," Steve Carmody<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-regulators-will-investigate-how-consumers-energy-dte-responded-major-december-power"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>Polar vortex could stave off invasive species </strong></p><p>"It might be difficult to think of this week's deep freeze as anything good, but scientists say the extreme cold could slow the migration of invasive species and kill some of the insect pests that have ravaged forests. Heavy ice could also prevent erosion and protect wetlands along big lakes," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:54:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15947 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: More money in MI, power outage investigation, the good in polar vortex Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow backs compromise budget bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-us-senator-debbie-stabenow-backs-compromise-budget-bill <p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow will be among a large group of Democratic U.S. Senators and a small group of Republican senators expected to vote to approve a budget compromise tomorrow.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The budget bill will allow the federal government to operate without the threat of a shutdown for two years.</p><p></p><p>Stabenow says the compromise bill is an important bi-partisan step.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:13:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 15720 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow backs compromise budget bill Fiscal health of local goverments gradually improving, but many still in bad straits http://michiganradio.org/post/fiscal-health-local-goverments-gradually-improving-many-still-bad-straits <p>Michigan&#39;s cities, towns, and villages are seeing an overall improvement in their ability to meet their financial needs, but hundreds continue to struggle. That&#39;s according to an annual&nbsp;<a href="http://closup.umich.edu/files/mpps-fiscal-health-2013.pdf">report</a>&nbsp;by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan&#39;s Ford School of Public Policy.</p><p>The report finds that smaller&nbsp;municipalities are having a tougher time than those with populations of more than 30,000. And municipalities in central&nbsp;Michigan and the southern lower Peninsula have been particularly hard hit.<img alt="&lt;--break-&gt;" border="0" height="1" src="file:///C:\Users\MBrush\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image001.gif" width="1" /></p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:54:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14670 at http://michiganradio.org Fiscal health of local goverments gradually improving, but many still in bad straits 3% boost in public school funding might be wiped away one year later http://michiganradio.org/post/3-boost-public-school-funding-might-be-wiped-away-one-year-later <p>Michigan schools got about a 3% boost in funding under the state budget passed last month in Lansing, but a new report says that might not be sustainable.</p><p>The non-partisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan says the extra money could be wiped out after next year.&nbsp;</p><p>Bob Schneider is the group's state affairs director.</p><p>"Unless we find new revenue growth that isn't anticipated yet, or the state draws upon additional general fund resources, or other resources to bring them into the School Aid Budget, the K-12 schools are looking to potentially have to give back a good chunk of the gains that they've made."</p><p>The report projects a budget shortfall of about $240 million for the School Aid Budget in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.</p><p>Schneider says that's partly because of additional state spending commitments to things like teacher retirement and early childhood education.</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:13:11 +0000 Jake Neher 13514 at http://michiganradio.org 3% boost in public school funding might be wiped away one year later Michigan leaders decide where to spend budget windfall http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-leaders-decide-where-spend-budget-windfall <p>There’s a tentative budget deal between Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders.</p><p>It puts more money into savings, schools, and roads. But, it also delays decisions on some of the governor’s priorities.</p><p>A budget windfall will allow the state to sock away more in savings, provide a boost to schools, and come up with enough money to qualify for federal matching funds to pay for some road repairs.</p><p>But House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) says it doesn’t solve the problem of how to come up with an additional $1.2 billion for roads.</p><p>“This provides a solid down payment on our transportation needs. However, that’s all it is. It’s not a full solution. This is a down payment,” said Bolger.</p><p>Road funding is especially difficult with a Legislature that’s been opposed to higher gas taxes and registration fees.</p><p>There’s also no arrangement to take federal money to expand Medicaid eligibility.</p><p>Bolger says those discussions are ongoing.</p><p>“We’re going to continue our conservative budget based on existing sources,” he said. “We’re not going to plan for dollars or answers that aren’t there yet. So, Medicaid has not been answered.”&nbsp;</p><p>The governor says Medicaid expansion under the federal healthcare law will save Michigan taxpayers money, but Republicans in the Legislature are not on board.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bolger says the governor and the Legislature are on track to get the new budget wrapped up by their deadline of June 1. Wed, 22 May 2013 13:57:25 +0000 Rick Pluta 12676 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan leaders decide where to spend budget windfall Michigan projected to get $542M more than expected http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-projected-get-542m-more-expected <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan could take in $542 million more in revenue than projected 4 months ago.</p><p>That's according to a report Monday from the nonpartisan <a href="http://www.senate.michigan.gov/sfa/">Senate Fiscal Agency</a>. It's good news for lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder as they work to finalize a state budget for the fiscal year starting in October.<br><br>Senate experts say Michigan could have a $739 million surplus in the current budget year. The extra money could be used to boost spending, lower taxes or be socked away in savings.</p><p>The Snyder administration and economists are meeting Wednesday to agree on budget figures. The House Fiscal Agency and state treasurer also will put out revenue projections for the meeting.<br><br>Legislators aim to pass the next budget by June, though sticking points remain over Medicaid expansion and road funding.</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 15:06:10 +0000 The Associated Press 12556 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan projected to get $542M more than expected Budget showdown at the State Capitol http://michiganradio.org/post/budget-showdown-state-capitol <p></p><p>Last week, we saw a flurry of voting at the State Capitol as lawmakers put together the next state budget, which is expected to total about $48 billion.</p><p>The Republican controlled State House approved spending for schools and colleges as well as a budget to fund the rest of state government.</p><p>The State Senate, also controlled by Republicans, approved about half of its budget plan with more votes scheduled this week.</p><p>The votes set the stage for negotiations between the two chambers in May.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:26:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 12325 at http://michiganradio.org Budget showdown at the State Capitol House budget panel approves cutting 1,000-plus human service workers http://michiganradio.org/post/house-budget-panel-approves-cutting-1000-plus-human-service-workers <p>A state House budget panel is recommending cutting more than a thousand human service workers. The Michigan Department of Human Services handles things like child welfare and food assistance.</p><p>The subcommittee’s plan would also close the state’s three juvenile justice facilities.</p><p>Rashida Tlaib is the top Democrat on the panel. She says the proposed cuts are extreme.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 20:06:10 +0000 Jake Neher 12069 at http://michiganradio.org House budget panel approves cutting 1,000-plus human service workers Seniors rally against 'chained CPI' idea http://michiganradio.org/post/seniors-rally-against-chained-cpi-idea <p>Next week, President Barack Obama will present his budget to Congress.&nbsp;</p><p>There's a lot of speculation about what changes will be proposed for Medicare and Social Security.</p><p>Specifically, some analysts are focusing on something called 'chained CPI.'</p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 20:46:17 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12027 at http://michiganradio.org Seniors rally against 'chained CPI' idea Flint leaders look to emerge from emergency manager control http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-look-emerge-emergency-manager-control <p>The Flint city council is expected to vote tonight on a plan that may set the stage for the city to emerge from state oversight.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The council will consider asking the governor to appoint a “receivership transition advisory board.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says the board would guide the city after the departure of the emergency manager.</p><p></p><p></p><p>“This is an area of the law that we want to take advantage of,” says Walling, “We want assistance with our revenue estimates…with budget amendments.”</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 04:07:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11833 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders look to emerge from emergency manager control Lansing's mayor rolls out his proposed budget Monday night http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-rolls-out-his-proposed-budget-monday-night <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will deliver his proposed city budget for the next year to the city council tomorrow.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The mayor’s proposed budget is expected to deal with a projected nine million dollar budget shortfall.</p><p></p><p>A team appointed by Mayor Bernero suggested deep contract concessions by the city’s police and fire unions, among other cuts.</p><p></p><p>Tom Krug is the executive director with the local Fraternal Order of Police.</p><p></p> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11831 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor rolls out his proposed budget Monday night This morning's news: Snow across the state, Snyder's budget, and charter school unionization http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-snow-across-state-snyders-budget-and-charter-school-unionization <p><strong>Snow blankets most of the state</strong></p><p>Most of the Lower Peninsula is blanketed in snow as an overnight storm brought up to 9 inches in some areas, creating a potentially treacherous morning commute and causing many school districts to cancel classes.&nbsp;</p><p>Three to 7 inches of snow are expected in parts of mid and West Michigan, according to the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130208/NEWS05/130208004/Michigan-storm-brings-snow-hazardous-conditions?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a>. Areas of Southeast Michigan received up to 5 inches of snow. Parts of the northern Lower Peninsula could get up to 9 inches.&nbsp;</p><p>Snow is expected to continue throughout the morning, and it should taper off by around noon, the paper reported.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Gov. Snyder releases budget proposal</strong></p><p>Republican Gov. Rick Snyder released his annual budget proposal Thursday morning.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">"Sixty-one percent of the total investments we’re recommending are either for savings or education. This is a responsible budget. This is a budget to look to that long term, and learn from our past mistakes," Snyder said in his announcement.&nbsp;</span></p><p><font color="#333333" face="Georgia, Times, serif"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Among his priorities were increasing taxes to help pay for upkeep of the state's roads. Snyder proposed raising the gas tax to 33 cents a gallon for all types of fuel. He also wants to raise vehicle registration fees.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p>Michigan Radio's <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-proposes-his-vision-michigan-through-budget">Mark Brush</a> has a run down of Snyder's other budget priorities, which include increasing funding for all levels of education and expanding medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Detroit charter school teachers vote to unionize</strong></p><p>Teachers at Detroit's largest charter school voted overwhelmingly last night to be represented by a union.&nbsp;</p><p>The teachers and staff at Cesar Chavez academy voted by a 2-1 margin to have the American Federation of Teachers represent them, Michigan Radio's <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-charter-school-teachers-vote-unionize">Steve Carmody</a> reports.&nbsp;</p><p></p><blockquote><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Only a small number of Michigan’s charter schools have unionized employees.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Nate Walker is with the AFT. He expects teachers in some other Michigan charter schools will also unionize this year.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">“I think in the future we can certainly expect more collective bargaining campaigns,” says Walker,&nbsp; “But we can also expect charter school teachers to engage in the policy discussions that impact them.”</p></blockquote><div><em>- Joseph Lichterman, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></div><div> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 12:58:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11145 at http://michiganradio.org This morning's news: Snow across the state, Snyder's budget, and charter school unionization Gov. Snyder proposes his vision for Michigan through budget http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-proposes-his-vision-michigan-through-budget <p>Want to know someone's priorities? Follow the money.</p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his vision for the state by delivering his proposed budget today to the state Legislature.</p><p>"Sixty-one percent of the total investments we’re recommending are either for savings or education. This is a responsible budget. This is a budget to look to that long term, and learn from our past mistakes," said Snyder.</p><p>Here are some of the highlights of his budget proposals:</p><p><strong>Taxes for road repair and maintenance</strong></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:49:35 +0000 Mark Brush 11132 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder proposes his vision for Michigan through budget LIVESTREAM: Gov. Snyder talks numbers, unveils his budget http://michiganradio.org/post/livestream-gov-snyder-talks-numbers-unveils-his-budget <p>Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will unveil his budget this morning at 11 a.m.</p><p>Then the leaders in the Legislature will wrestle with the numbers and push their priorities for state spending and income.</p><p>Watch Snyder's budget unveiling here:</p><p></p><p><iframe style="outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor;" height="295" src="http://cdn.livestream.com/embed/snyderlive?layout=4&amp;color=0xe7e7e7&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;mute=false&amp;iconColorOver=0x888888&amp;iconColor=0x777777&amp;allowchat=true&amp;height=295&amp;width=480" frameBorder="0" width="480" scrolling="no"></iframe> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:56:29 +0000 Mark Brush 11130 at http://michiganradio.org This morning's news: Snyder's numbers, Trooper saves girl, and more snow http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-snyders-numbers-trooper-saves-girl-and-more-snow <p><strong>Gov. Snyder releases his numbers today</strong></p><p>At 11 a.m., Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to unveil his budget to the state Legislature. It'll then be up to those representatives to wrestle with the numbers and come up with a final budget for the state. Among the things he's expected to call for:</p><ul><li>After years of cuts, he'll call for a 2 percent increase in public education funding</li><li>More funding for road construction</li><li>And an expansion of Medicaid</li></ul><p><strong>More details emerge on I-75 crash, trooper saves one girl</strong></p><p>More details came out yesterday on the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/massive-crash-i-75-morning-after-white-out-conditions">deadly pileup on I-75</a> near Detroit the morning of Jan. 31.</p><p>A whiteout caused 12 crashes involving 43 cars on the Interstate. There were 12 injuries and 3 fatalities.</p><p>This morning, the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130207/METRO/302070361#ixzz2KDWPNgFF">Detroit News </a>has more on Michigan State Trooper Seth Swanson's actions:</p><blockquote><p>After failing to find a pulse on the first two children, Swanson went to the other side of the car, broke out the rear window with a hammer and reached in to see if the third child, a 10-year-old girl, was still alive. She had a faint pulse.</p><p>He cleared her airway and administered rescue breaths until she finally took a deep breath and regained consciousness.</p></blockquote><p><strong>And more snow is on the way, so drive carefully</strong></p><p>Snow is expected for the entire state starting this evening. The middle of the state is expected to get the most snowfall. From the <a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=dtx&amp;storyid=92372&amp;source=0">National Weather Service</a>:</p><blockquote><p><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">This system has the potential to generate heavy snowfall. 7 to 11 inches is expected north of M 46 and near Lake Huron, while 3 to 8 inches is possible for areas across the rest of Southeast Lower Michigan.</span> </font></p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2013/02/michigan_snowstorm_update_when.html#incart_river_default">Mark Torregrossa from MLive</a> says computer models for storms like this can predict higher snowfalls. His prediction is 4 to 9 inches for the middle of the state, and 1 to 4 inches for the rest of the state. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:07:47 +0000 Mark Brush 11127 at http://michiganradio.org This morning's news: Snyder's numbers, Trooper saves girl, and more snow Stateside: Getting ready for the Governor's budget http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-getting-ready-governors-budget <p></p><p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>News out of Lansing: Governor Snyder announced&nbsp; today that he supports expanding Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents without insurance.<br><br>The expansion comes under the Obama administration's health care overhaul.... and there are benefits for states that decide to expand Medicaid. The federal government will pick up the entire cost in the first three years... and 90 percent over the long haul.<br><br>But, Snyder is likely to run into resistance from fellow Republicans who are opposed to the Affordable Health Care law.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Governor is also gearing up to deliver his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013-2014 tomorrow. You could say, unveiling the proposal begins the "debate" (sometimes putting that kindly) in Lansing over what should and should not be funded.<br><br>So which programs and initiatives could be winners? And which could be losers in the Governor's spending plan? And in what the Legislature ultimately does with it?<br><br>Cyndy talked with Chris Gautz, Capitol Correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business and Dave Eggart, the Lansing reporter for the Associated Press.</p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 22:57:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 11121 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Getting ready for the Governor's budget